Saturday, July 30, 2016     Volume: 31, Issue: 1
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New Times / Hayley's Pick


Lone Madrone's 2012 'The Will'

Where there's a will, there's a way. Grenache, zinfandel, and petite sirah splash together to create this earthy, rich, concentrated red that calls out for meat, meat, and more meat (I paired it with pistachio-crusted steak). Named after the "Will's Hills" vineyard in Paso Robles"which is, in turn, named after fourth generation farmers Neil and Ginny Heaton's son, Will"the wine comes from dry-farmed fruit that also took quite "a will" to grow in chalky west side soil. Lone Madrone suggests that the best way to honor this beautiful piece of land is to simply "eat, drink, and be merry," (it's even written on the back of the bottle), so that's exactly what I did and that's exactly what I suggest you do, too. This big, Paso Robles red helps with the "drink" part.

$45; 5800 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles.

Upper Crust Trattoria's 'Shawn's Quarter'

Cards Against Humanity"he's probably sipping on an Old Fashioned made with bitters, muddled orange, and maraschino cherries. Lately, Hafley and his wife, Darci, have been hanging at the bar at Upper Crust Trattoria, conveniently midway between our two houses. To say that this has become a sort of bizarro Cheers situation for the Hafleys would be a massive understatement. Case in point: On our last visit, my husband and I learned that Shawn, now nicknamed "The Mayor of Upper Crust," has his own drink at the bar. Of course, it's a whiskey drink. Dubbed "Shawn's Quarter" by creator/bartender Mike Michaud, the drink features rye whiskey, cognac, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, and two kinds of bitters. Of course, it's topped with a maraschino cherry. Would anything less do for "the mayor" himself?

About $11; 11560 Los Osos Valley Road, SLO.