Friday, July 1, 2016     Volume: 30, Issue: 49

Weekly Poll
Justin Vineyards and Winery said they won’t plant a vineyard on the land where they clear cut acres of native trees. What should be done with the property?

Put it in conservation for perpetuity, and hope the moonscape can recover.
Build tiny homes. Homeless people deserve to be surrounded by beauty also!
Sell it to someone that dry farms, like everyone else surrounding the property.
Let them keep it and do whatever they damn well please. It’s their property!

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New Times / Hayley's Pick

Zenaida Cellars 2014 ZC Reda and Grey Wolf Cellars 2015 Soul Mate

Hello juicy, perfectly rare tri-tip! Hello baked beans! Hello cheap sunglasses I’ll probably lose in the ocean! Hello summer! Meet my friend, Zenaida Cellars 2014 ZC Red, your new best friend. I know you’re going to get on like gangbusters. This well-rounded mix of syrah, petite sirah, and cabernet sauvignon is a meatavore’s dream, perfect for whatever you’re throwing on the ’cue this Saturday, even burgers. Fruit forward and approachable, it’s just a super yummy uncomplicated blend that begs to be part of all of your everyday “special” occasions. There ain’t nothing wrong with that!

Zenaida Cellars 2014 ZC Reda$29; 1550 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles.

A friend of mine recently texted me a photo from a pool party she was attending ... in France. It was exactly what I imagined: a bunch of swanky, good-looking people sipping rose while a DJ spun a well curated playlist of dance music. Pshhhh! Fancy! Meanwhile, in 100-degree Paso Robles, I was kicking back with this pink beauty. Who had the last laugh? Well, that all depends. Do you think a blow-up pool and a bottle of bing cherry-meets-citrus rose constitutes a “soirée?” I do. 

Grey Wolf Cellars 2015 Soul Mate$22; 2174 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles.

Hayley Thomas is keeping it classy at Follow her adventures and see what she’s sipping @flavorslo on Instagram.