Sunday, August 2, 2015     Volume: 30, Issue: 1

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New Times / Hayley's Pick

Nautical Bean's Açaí Smoothie and Sextant Winery's 2013 CC Chardonnay

There’s been a lot of buzz around açaí bowls lately (SLO alone is home to two eateries dedicated to the Brazilian craze, Bowl’d and The Neighborhood). I’m all for granola and honey, but sometimes you just need a simple hit of açaí to the dome. The solution? This icy, sweet-tangy smoothie that turns your tongue a lovely shade of purple.

Nautical Bean’s Açaí Smoothie—About $4; 11560 Los Osos Valley Road, SLO.

The historic Old Edna Town Site is magical on its own: Chickens. Goats. A wooden shack where old-timey travelers used to get it on. Sextant Winery’s tasting room is actually the old general store for the 100-plus-year-old landmark. It’s also been used as a hotel, post office, and speakeasy for the area’s earliest residents. If you need any more reason to visit this quirkly little corner of gorgeous Edna Valley, I don’t know what else to say! Take a self-guided tour of the grounds and be sure to sip on the winery’s 2013 CC Chardonnay. Notes of fragrant lemon blossom and citrus flavors will bring your imagination—and pallet—back to life. Plus, you get to keep the glass.

Sextant Winery’s 2013 CC Chardonnay—$16 a bottle, 1653 Old Price Canyon Road, Edna Valley.

Hayley Thomas is squeezing fresh OJ for mimosas at