NEWS & EVENTS
March 14 - Spaghetti Western: Visit our barrel room for a classic cowboy movie and an Italian feast paired with your favorite August Ridge Wines. Join us at 5 pm on March 14, the Friday of the Paso Zinfandel Festival for a night of fun, food and vino! Tickets cost only $65 per person for non-club members and $55 per person for the Bella Famiglia. It's the best deal in town!! Please make your reservations as soon as possible as very few sport are left. Call 805-239-2455 or email me for more info or to reserve your spots.
March 14-16 - Paso Zinfandel Festival Weekend: Paso Robles was voted Wine Enthusiast's 2013 Wine Region of the Year! Help us to keep our reputation strong by visiting the beautiful Paso Robles wine country for one of our biggest weekends of the year. Take a trip through the scenic countryside to Paso's unique and distinct wineries (including August Ridge!!) for winery tours, winemaker's dinners, and so much more! Visit Pasowine.com for more info and a list of winery events.
March 29 - Oaks Hotel Complementary Guest Tasting: The beautiful and new Oaks Hotel in Paso offers complementary tasting for their guests and restaurant patrons almost every weekend! I will be pouring for them on Saturday, March 29 from 5:30-7:30 so if you are in town for the weekend and looking for a place to stay visit their website for a list of available rooms and all the wonderful amenities. Or if you’re just looking for dinner, give it a try. I had the pleasure of eating at their delicious restaurant, Indulge, last time I poured there and it was delicious!
April 5 - Spring Pickup Party: The spring pickup party will be on Saturday, April 5 from 4-7pm. As always, expect a night of fun, food and wine here at August Ridge. This event is complimentary to members and guests so please come visit! RSVP by March 25 with your headcount and we will have the wine ready. More info and shipment contents to come…
April 12 & May 17: Blending Parties: Here are the details of the event: John will start off with the basics of blending theory and then each couple will create two bottles of their own blend. After everyone has bottled, labeled and corked their winning wine we will hold a blind tasting and the winners will be announced! It will be followed by a traditional Zamborelli Italian feast to pair with your new blends (well, the good ones anyways!). The second bottle is yours to take home to show off to your friends. Winners, of course, receive bragging rights for the whole year! The whole event costs only $180 for your team of two!! Spaces are VERY limited for these events and they will fill up quickly, so please RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to insure your spot is saved. (As we have had some trouble in the past, your card on file will be charged as soon as your spot is reserved and we will have a two week cancellation policy).
April 26-27: 6th Annual Wine 4 Paws Weekend: August Ridge will donate a portion of all wine sales to Woods Humane Society on Saturday and Sunday! Lucy, our winery dog was a Wood’s rescue and we couldn’t have asked for a better dog. So come out, support Woods, enjoy our unique Italian varietals and give Lucy a scratch!
May 15-18: Paso Robles Wine Festival Weekend. Come and enjoy the views of Creston while enjoying our unique Italian varietals. Antipasti plates available to pair with your wines. Live entertainment on the patio Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.
May 30-31 - La Bellasera Hotel Complementary Tasting: La Bellasera Hotel and Enoteca Restaurant have invited us to pour for their guests Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31 from 5:30-7:30. Stop by the lobby and taste some wine before dinner!
June 7: August Ridge will be the featured winery at Wine Shoppe Torrance! Stop by and meet John, the winemaker, as he discusses his unique Italian varietals. More info. to come.
June 8 - 28th Annual Ojai Wine Festival: Put on by the Rotary Club of Ojai, this event is considered one of the best in California for true food and wine connoisseurs. We will be pouring on Sunday, June 8th at Lake Casitas from 11:30am–4pm. Gates open at 11:30 am for VIP admission and 12:00 p.m. for VIP admission and 12:00 p.m. for General Admission. To purchase your tickets and learn more visit the Rotary Club's Wine Festival website.
June 21-22 - Creston Wine Trail Passport Weekend (see below for more details): Spend a weekend along the Creston Wine Trail on the of June 21st and 22nd and experience the casual elegance of the place we call home! Each CWT business will offer wonderful food, live entertainment and BIG sales all weekend long. You passport includes your tasting fees and food at every location. Get a stamp at every business, and you will be entered to win some great raffle prizes. Tickets are only $25 if you purchase by May 27, and $30 if you wait till after, so book now! Call 805-239-2455 or email me to reserve your tickets or for more info. We are working with the local B&B's to offer special pricing that weekend so keep checking our website for that list! The list of specific events and times to come…
June 28 - Atascadero Wine Festival: As always August Ridge will be pouring at this great local's event. Please join us at the Atascadero Lake Park from 4pm to 8pm.
August 23 - SLO Mac & Cheese Festival: August Ridge will be pouring wine at this year's SLO Mac and Cheese Festival. We heard only great things about last year and are excited to be participating this year. The event will be on Saturday, August 23 at Avila Beach Golf Resort and will feature some amazing local chefs and wine and beer from all over the Central Coast. For more information and to see pictures and videos from last year visit www.macandcheesefestslo.com.
Save the date… October 17 - Let Us Amuse (Bouche) You: John has wanted to pair all his wonderful vintages of Nebbiolo with some small bites for years now, and we have finally picked a date! We will be featuring each of John's 10 vintages and two barrel samples of Nebbiolo with some of our favorite spoonfuls of flavor, the details are not quite ironed out yet, but make sure your calendars are marked and expect more info to come…
Creston Wine Trail Passport Weekend Highlights
& Lodging Information
Passport Weekend Events
· Saturday: Wine tasting with the winemaker and antipasti all day
· Sunday: Sloppy Giovanni' s and live entertainment by Rewined from 12-3
· Tapas, tastings and tunes all weekend long. Music by James Rivers 1-4 Saturday and Sunday
Olivas de Oro
· Olive oil and artisan farm inspired tapas all weekend long : bruschetta skewers, lamb meatballs with chimichurri sauce, red chili garlic hummus, olive tapenade, and cilantro chicken spring rolls
· Saturday NIGHT: Farm Fresh Feast in the Orchard
o Enjoy a family style feast in the orchard after a day of sampling the best wines along the Creston Wine Trail. They will be serving platters of fresh seasonal vegetables, pasta, lamb, chicken, and sweets. Share in a relaxed atmosphere with old and new friends with live music and a meal you won't forget. Bring your favorite wine from one or more of the Creston Wine Trail wineries. (*not included in Passport price)
· Sunday: Music by the Belmores from 12-3, originals and popular classics from the 60's to today
· Saturday: Music by Blue Souls from 1:30-4:30 and catering by Fig: chimichurri roast beef sandwiches, Tuscan sun panini, Frenchie baguettes, and Greek couscous
· Sunday: Wine and cheese pairing with Vivant Fine Cheeses and hors d'oeuvres all day
· Bella's Bakery desserts all weekend long
CHECK OUT THESE GREAT RATES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED A CRESTON WINE TRAIL PASSPORT!
Desperado Inn 805-400-7932
2552 Old Grove Ln, Paso Robles
$125 off your stay, if you book Friday-Sunday nights and $75 if you book just two of the nights
*Call to reserve ASAP, this B&B is in a prime location and its four luxurious rooms are generally booked six days a week
Sundance B & B 805-226-2888
7735 Sundance Trail, Paso
$100 off your stay when booking all Friday-Sunday and 10% off when booking Friday-Saturday nights
*Call to reserve, this B&B is also right in the middle of the action
The Oaks Hotel 805-237-8700
3000 Riverside Ave, Paso
15% off room rate for Creston Wine Trail club members and passport holders select "WINECLUBMEMBER" from the promotion drop down when *booking online
Carriage Vineyards 805-227-6807
4337 S. El Pomar, Templeton
$20 off your room rate or half off grape education 101 with Larry
*Call to book
The Paso Rhone House (805) 221-5629
526 7th Street, Paso Robles
Complementary bottle of wine upon check in
*Call to book
Honey Oak House at Laraneta Vineyards 805-434-5091
2602 Templeton Rd, Templeton
Buy 2 nights get the third free through their direct booking system *on their website
Rancho Olivas de Oro 805-227-4223
4625 La Panza Road, Creston
10% off your 2 day stay for Passport holders
AUGUST RIDGE IS A PROUD MEMBER OF TWO GREAT PASO WINE TRAILS!
BACK ROADS OF PASO ROBLES: Wine tasting the way it should be. Take a journey through the beautiful and gently rolling hills of the Paso Robles countryside and discover some of the most exciting wines of California's Central Coast. Share an intimate wine tasting experience at the family-owned and operated wineries of the Back Roads, often while visiting with the winemaker or owner. To see a list of the other back roads businesses and their up-coming events visit the back roads website here.
CRESTON WINE TRAIL: We, along with four of our wonderful winery neighbors, have started the Creston Wine Trail!! The other members include B & E Vineyards, Chateau Margene, Shadow Run Vineyards and Stanger Vineyards plus Olivas De Oro Olive Company and The Loading Chute Restaurant in downtown Creston! We are the newest wine country destination in Paso Robles and are devoted to bringing customers award winning wines and products while still keeping it casual and intimate for our Visitors. Enjoy these relaxing places and visit our website for more information.
August Ridge Vineyards
8790 E. Highway 41
Creston, CA 92432