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Scout Coffee Co. has begun roasting its own specialty beans! Grab a cup or bag of the darling shop’s new Honey Co. Coffee, which I personally found to be quite mellow and tasty (for all the details, visit scoutcoffeeco.com or stop by their 1130 Garden St. location) … Ever wonder what kind of wine would pair with that sleeve of delicious Girl Scout Cookies? William James Cellars has paired its incredible 2011 Chardonnay with the addictive lemon-flavored variety (hint: port works great with Thin Mints!) This spring, the Orcutt-based tasting room will feature a unique salad-pairing experience, followed by tamale wine pairings (check it out at williamjamescellars.com or visit their new location at 130 North Broadway, suite A, in Old Town Orcutt) … Luis Wine Bar offers a killer rotating beer sampler that is worth stopping in for (again and again). Taste four frothy 4-ounce pours for $12 and you might even discover your new favorite craft concoction (for a full beer and wine menu, including a range of unique snacks, visit luiswinebar.com).

From the vine

A session for every profession: The WiVi Central Coast Wine Industry Trade Show is almost here! Wine industry vendors, tech nerds, marketing gurus, and winemakers will find something interesting to take away from this educational experience unfolding at the Paso Robles Event Center (wivicentralcoast.com) … Calling all locals! Discounted locals-only Paso Robles Wine Fest tickets will be available to you for $45 a pop until March 15 only. The 33rd annual grand tasting will kick off on May 16 in Paso Robles featuring dozens of unique wineries from across the Paso Robles AVA (for the discount, click over to pasowine.com) … Stroll back in time to a vintage Hollywood party filled with live music, gourmet snacks, newly-released Zinfandel barrel samples, and even an on-site photographer. It’s all going down this Zinfandel Weekend March 20 through 22 in at Chateau Lettau and Grizzly Republic tasting rooms in downtown Paso Robles ($6 for a glass of wine; no cover charge; call 238-6800 or email info@chateaulettau for more information) … 

Back to nature

Does looking at the gorgeous flower centerpiece spreads in Sunset Magazine make you green with envy? Learn how to create your own breathtaking table settings with The Petal Club. The next Edna Valley-based class will feature a BYOV (bring your own vase) theme that promises to teach anyone how to create fabulous, seasonal flower arrangements with whatever container you’ve got stashed under the sink ($45 to $55 per person; March 19; 6 p.m.; thepetalclub.com) …  National CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Day took place late last month, but you can still support a range of local farms in SLO County, from Paso Robles to Arroyo Grande by signing up for a weekly box for pick-up or delivery. BeeWench Farm in Shandon is gearing up for its 10-week spring/summer CSA season, which will include a rainbow of seasonal veggies as well a farm-fresh egg and organic whole chicken option (for more information, call 423-7187 or email CSA@beewenchfarm.com).

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