Wednesday, July 29, 2015     Volume: 29, Issue: 52
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What do you look for when you’re picking out a wine?

Hints of tobacco, notes of ripe cherry and dried currant, and a great mouth feel.
Something that’s cheap, so I won’t feel guilty after drinking the whole bottle.
A great label with an artistic touch and keen descriptors always gets me.
I don’t care, just hand over the box.

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Stuff you should know: Have you been to 36 Degrees C in Templeton lately? The craft beer is cold; the cava is bubbly; they have a super cool outdoor fire pit, and you can get down on some awesome small plates, too! (624 S. Main St., No. 101; call 434-1554 for more information) ... Gaviota Grill is the perfect place to watch the sun go down in Morro Bay—plus it's across the way from sour beer mecca Libertine Pub! Order the Picasso, a fire roasted pepper stuffed with saucy meats and veggies not to be missed (725 Embarcadero; call 225-1758 for more information) ... Everyone loves a bargain!

To do list

Make it a date: Four Lanterns Winery off Highway 46 West in Paso Robles is showcasing a new Thursday afternoon Singer/Songwriter series from 5 to 7:30 p.m. featuring local tunes to dance and swirl to ... During Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast's Dinner at JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery, guests will devour a spectacular three-course dinner with wine pairings featuring the iconic JUSTIN Isosceles and other selections this Sept. 25. Executive Chef Will Torres will handcraft a seasonal menu featuring the yummy dishes from local farms and ranches of the Central Coast. (visit www.savorcentralcoast.com for tickets and other events) ... Mark your calendar now for the 46 Wineries Harvest Block Party at Tooth & Nail Winery this Sept. 5. The "mini wine festival" atmosphere will feature grub, live music, and an array of local wines (Tickets are $45 each; get yours at 46westharvestblockparty2015.bpt.me).

Hot off the presses!

Local stars twinkle: The 2015 SLO Wine Industry Awards recipients are in! Congrats to Wine Industry Person of the Year Vicki Carroll of Hospice du Rhône, Winemaker of the Year Marc Goldberg of Windward Vineyard, and Winegrape Grower of the Year Jerry Reaugh of Sereno Vista Vineyards! ... Go Coastal: SLO Wine Country has unveiled six new themed tasting trails for your sippin' enjoyment. The themed trails include Avila Valley, which offers a full day of wine tasting at and near the beach; Backroads, showing off the rolling vineyards and the storybook terrain of Edna Valley; Urban Wine Trail, featuring San Luis Obispo's urban tasting scene; Old Edna & Biddle Ranch, focusing on the most concentrated vineyard plantings in the region and highlighting signature local varieties such as pinot noir, chardonnay, and aromatic whites; Arroyo Grande Valley, the southernmost trail offering ocean views at one end and rustic hills at the other; and Points North, highlighting the Rhone and Bordeaux varieties that thrive in the warmer climes north (maps and info at slowine.com).

What should we be eating and drinking this summer? Tell us at hthomas@newtimesslo.com.