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The more you know: Mystified by which wine to buy? The solution may be coming soon thanks to Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture major Katerina Axelsson, who is developing an app that will (hopefully) double as a mini sommelier in your pocket (to support her mission, visit bottleflyblog.com) ... Grape Encounters Emporium in Atascadero recently celebrated a grand opening of their new outdoor patio wine garden. Check it out and be sure to swing by each Wednesday through August to check out a slew of interesting wines (and winemakers) from around the county and the world. Aug. 26 will feature Amy Butler of Ranchero Cellars in Paso Robles, a gal who knows how to make incredible wine and also has a gift for the gab. Learn some, sip some, and enjoy the scenery (more information at grapeencountersradio.com).

Fun times ahead

Lower the gate! Get ready for the 46 West Wineries Harvest Block Party kicking off at gorgeous Tooth & Nail Winery this Sept. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sip wines, listen to live tunes, and unwind among friends (tickets are $45; 3090 Anderson Road Paso Robles) ... Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is coming up Sept. 24 through 27 and don't forget to check out Vina Robles' opening night concert featuring String Theory and electric-violinist SPAGS. A gourmet food truck and plenty of wine be available to all! (Info and tickets at savorcentralcoast.com) ... Big red: Get ready for ripe, juicy tomato goodness! The annual Heirloom Tomato Festival is back this Sept. 19 through 20 at bucolic Windrose Farms in Paso Robles. This year will include a Saturday supper with Chefs Daniel Mattern and Roxana Jullapat of LA's Cook's County as well as a main event featuring more than 40 varieties of the coveted multicolored orbs.

Slurps and chews

Beer me: Have you been to Baywood Alehouse lately? The eclectic rotating list of craft beers are still cold as ever, but the largely organic, farm-fresh menu is on fire! Try the steak quesadilla made with a festive red sundried tomato tortilla, a gooey helping of pepper jack cheese, a drizzle of lime cream sauce, and killer salsa for dunking. Believe me. This split-worthy entrée is guaranteed to clear your case of the munchies right up (for hours and info, go to baywoodalehouse.com) ... From the makers of Artisan (Chris and Mike Kobayashi) comes Kitchenette, a cool new restaurant slated to open late this month on Main Street in Templeton. You can bet I'm digging my fork deeper in the coming weeks (stalk their Instagram and sign up for updates like I did at kitchenettetempleton.com).

 

What's in your belly? Send answers to hthomas@newtimesslo.com.

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