Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Paso Robles 19th Annual Zin Festival, March 18-20th, and Hotel Cheval


I apologize to those of you who were religiously following this blog only to find it haddisappeared from the horizon.  I began writing the blog primarily to chronicle the construction and restoration of Villa Cantina.  I also wanted to highlight local wine, food, and places of interest.  Once Villa Cantina was completed I was at a loss as to where to go with the blog.  Should I only publish once a month and continue to highlight events of interest? Should I spin off the design and lifestyle portion with another blog? Many of you followed solely for the local interest portion.  Yet most of you were more interested in the design and lifestyle portion. I still haven’t quite decided where to go with it. Maybe in the coming weeks you all can help me out. 

March is the beginning of the festival season in Paso.  Paso was once a haven for Zinfandel.  Many of the winemakers on the west side have found that the terroir and climate are better suited to the Rhone Varietals.  However there are still some very good Zins to be found in the area.  If you love Zin then Paso is the place to be March 18th –20th.

Throughout the weekend you can savor farm to table food offerings  special tastings,  winemaker dinners, and more.

Click here http://www.pasowine.com/events/zinfandel-festival.php to request a Zinfandel Festival brochure  and receive more information about the Zin Tasting & Wine Country Auction, and the various winery events happening throughout the weekend.

If you aren’t lucky enough to reserve Villa Cantina or you are looking for a romantic room for two you must  visit Hotel Cheval.     Located in the heart of downtown Paso, it is a designer’s heaven.


Front view of Paso Robles Hotel Cheval


There are only sixteen rooms and each is impeccably designed with no detail left to chance.


Luxurious Bedroom at Paso Robles Hotel Cheval


Who wouldn’t want to savor a glass of wine in front of  one of the fires on the lovely patio?



Or grab a cocktail at the hip Pony Club inside…




…or alfresco on a warm evening



The patio outside the Pony Club

For more information visit their website: http://www.hotelcheval.com/

all pictures courtesy of Hotel Cheval