Friday, October 24, 2014     Volume: 29, Issue: 13
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Don’t burst my bubble: Bubblyfest by the Sea is making waves in Pismo Beach Oct. 24 to 26 with 40 Central Coast and international champagne and sparkling wine producers. It’s all going down at Dolphin Bay Resort and Spa and Oceanfront Hotel, with a Great Gatsby theme sure to get tasters doing the Charleston (for information, visit bubblyfest.com). … Thomas Hill Organics, in association with the Von’s Localization Initiative, will feature a collaborative five-course dinner pairing local producers with a bevy of regional wines, including Justin Vineyards & Winery, Wild Horse Winery, Hope Family Wines, and J Dusi Wines (thomashillorganics.com). … Roblar Winery in Santa Ynez is the perfect day trip for those looking to sip spectacular wines in a scenic setting. Also try their gourmet eats, available at the winery Friday through Sunday (check out the details at roblarwines.ewinerysolutions.com/).

The more you know

Eureka! Sharpen your wine tasting palate and learn about aromatics, flavor, texture, and aging characteristics while making your own unique blend at First Crush Wine Experiences on Oct. 25 (firstcrushwinemaking.com). … Did you know Arroyo Grande’s Branch Street Pumpkin Patch is always planted by the school’s hardworking students? The patch is in full swing  with beautiful orange orbs until Oct. 26, so be sure to get yours while supplies last.  … Templeton’s annual Founder’s Day celebration will feature free pie, a chili cook-off, classic cars, and a whole lot more this Nov. 1 (templetonchamber.com has all the information).

Play date

Let your wild side out: Help the Paso Robles Wineries of Highway 46 East raise money for local wildlife nonprofit Zoo to You with a poker run event kicking off on Oct. 25. A $20 donation gets you a poker passport. Visit five wineries and complete your hand, or visit all to double your odds (pasorobleswinerieseast.com). … Domaine Degher Wines in Paso Robles will play host to a bocce tournament and El Dia De Los Muertes Fest on Oct. 25, so be sure to stretch that arm. …  The Cambria Scarecrow Festival continues all month long with a rainbow of scarecrow themes and personalities smattered about the area. Check the Halloween fun out for yourself and breathe in some refreshing coastal air before the festive fun is over (cambriascarecrows.com).

Bite me! Send bites suggestions and information to Hayley Thomas via hthomas@newtimesslo.com.