October is revered as one of the best months to taste wine in California, and for good reason – Paso Robles harvest events abound during this exciting time as grapes are picked and crushed, live music echoes through the valleys, and wineries buzz with activity.
Where to go? What to do? Here’s just a few ideas…
Paso Robles Harvest Events – 2018
Still Waters Vineyards’ First Fridays
Visit this beautiful winery on the Creston Wine Trail for specials, food pairings, recipes and new releases this Friday and every first Friday of the month. Taste the new vintage of their beloved Rhone blend, Expressions and enjoy small bites + lawn games and fun.
11am – 5pm
Bear Market Riot at Pear Valley Vineyard and Winery
Don’t miss local favorites Bear Market Riot at Pear Valley on October 5. Live music from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Food for sale by The Railroad BBQ.
First Saturday of the Month Vintner & Vines Tour
Discover distinctive Italian wines in the Willow Creek District with Pelletiere Estate Vineyard winemaker, Amy Butler and Vintner, Janis Denner as they explain the process involved in making limited production Italian style wines.
An in-depth education of Italian grape growing, old world and new world approaches, and a discussion of Paso Robles’ unique micro-climate precedes a guided tasting.
There is no fee for the tour. Normal tasting fees apply.
No reservations are required. However, please call ahead so the winery can make the proper accommodations. Remember your sunblock and proper touring shoes! Start time: 11am
7th annual Harvest Concert & Party at Vines On The Marycrest
Don’t miss this fun event featuring a delicious dinner buffet, fantastic music and VOTM wine! Canadian folk duo Kacy & Clayton will be putting on an amazing show. Kacy & Clayton recently released their third album, The Siren’s Song produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and recorded at the band’s Chicago studio (The Loft). Rolling Stone calls them a “Rootsy Duo” in this article. Join us on the patio to see this up and coming international touring group.
Saturday, October 13. Doors at 6:00 ~ Music at 7:00 ~~
Price: $75, $60 for members
Oct 19-21: Harvest Wine Weekend
100+ WINERIES CELEBRATE THE VINTAGE
Visit during October for all the best harvest events in Paso Robles Wine Country! Tour the vineyards, stomp grapes, try a barrel tasting, indulge in great food, live music, and much more!
Ongoing: Personalized Wine Tours
There are many ways to get around in wine country, but hiring a designated driver for your own vehicle is the most affordable and best wine tour we can recommend. Rely on an expert to help guide you to the best wineries in Paso Robles, including the hidden-gems and off the beaten path treasures.
Have you been dreaming of a weekend (or weekday) away for some wine tasting in California? Well, if a wine tour sounds like fun, you’ve come to the right state.
Welcome to California! Let’s Drink Wine.
Without a doubt, California is renowned for its excellent weather, beautiful countryside and most importantly, world-class wines.
So, now it’s your turn to savor a well-deserved trip through the vineyards of the West Coast (which, by the way, attract millions of visitors nationwide and worldwide each year).
But, before you turn the key…
You are responsible right? You do want to keep your friends and family safe right?
Of course you do! So, naturally, the first question that should come to mind is: Who is driving the car?
“Oh, right! Well, I uh… I suppose I’ll drive..” you say sheepishly, “…But, I’ll be good. Probably. I’ll stay under the limit! Besides, I don’t need to drink that much wine anyways…”
Friends! The whole point of venturing out into wine country is to taste! Why volunteer yourself to drive? You’ve worked hard enough already! Don’t you think you’ve earned the luxury of having someone else work for you?
This is your holiday to sit back, relax, and indulge in the many delights California wine country has to offer! You’re almost there.
Don’t take one for the team, don’t sacrifice your own good time, and above alldon’t risk a DUI and/or accident by driving under the influence!
“Okay.” you say, “So, how are we gonna get around? What’s the best mode of transportation for wine tasting, anyway?”
Hire a Driver!
That’s right. Not a limo, not a bus, not a town car, not a hang-glider. For your wine tasting and wine tour needs, whether it be Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma, Temecula, or Monterey Bay, all you have to do is hire a personal wine tour driver to drive you in your own car.
“A wine tour driver for my car???”
Yep! It’s a no-brainer. In addition to being the safest, most-affordable and most-comfortable way to get around, a driver from Destination Drivers combines the convenience of a chauffeur with the quality of a professional wine tour.
“But why should I hire a driver? Is it the best way to tour wine country, after all?”
Need a reason? How bout 19? Below, we provide you with 19 reasons why hiring a professional driver is the #1 overall choice for your wine tour in California:
Reason 1) Because It’s Your Day To Enjoy!
You should never feel any pressure while wine tasting! Therefore, we allow you to go at your own pace, relax and enjoy the holiday you deserve with a hired designated driver.
In essence, you’ll get the freedom to choose how to adventure without the stress of organizing everything yourself.
Know exactly where you want to go, great! No idea? Great! You can either be the route planner, or rely on a driver’s expertise for suggestions.
Other wine tour companies (limos, vans, buses) have strict schedules and only visit a few pre-approved wineries. It almost seems like you’re on someone else’s trip instead of your own.
Don’t get boxed into an another person’s itinerary catering to only the biggest, most popular wineries! Instead, allow our professional drivers to help you decide based on your wine preferences.
Or, maybe you’d rather hit a brewery. With so many excellent craft beers available in California, why not visit a brewery? Your wine tour can be modified to incorporate beer tastings as well. What about distilleries, you ask? Yeah! Okay! Who’s feeling spiritual?
Reason 2) Because You Shouldn’t Miss Out On Your Own Wine Holiday!
Sure, designating yourself as the driver is respectable and noble. You’ll get your cookie and your gold star and you’ll be knighted by the Holy Order of Nice Guys too. But, you won’t get your wine!
Here’s the correct formula:
You + Wine + Someone else being the DD = You drinking wine.
Book a driver, and when you look back on photos from the weekend, you’ll be glad you did! If you aren’t – we’ll eat a bug! Guaranteed! But we get to choose the bug.
Seriously though, just look at these people. They hired a driver:
If your wine tour party posse is unfamiliar with Paso Robles, you’ve never been to Temecula, or need help navigating Santa Barbara, hiring Destination Drivers gives you the great luxury of a guide who knows the regions better than you do.
Find the secret spots not on Yelp/Tripadvisor
Avoid the crowds (if you want!)
Maximize your time
Furthermore, Destination Drivers connects you with delicious food in wine country, be it wineries that serve food, food trucks, or pre-ordered food stored in a cooler packs just for you.
Food and wine alike, they’ll curate unique tasting experiences using local knowledge as guide, so all you have to do is have a great time. Is that so hard?
Reason 4) Because Your Own Car Is Comfy
Crawling in/out of limos and buses isn’t the best. It’s not even second best. In fact, it’s not even invited to the competition of the best things to do in wine country.
Besides, tinted windows of limousines hinder the beautiful views! And riding in the back of a big bus can cause motion-sickness. You paid a $1000 bucks, and all you got was this lousy motion-sickness!?
Instead, enjoy all the comforts of riding in your own car, with your own stereo, your own music, and all the vehicular amenities you love about your wheels.
Drives like a dream, don’t it? Peer out the windows at the rolling countryside vineyards as your honey leans over and kisses you.
“So romantic of you to hire a driver.”
Next thing you know, you’re arriving at the first winery of the day in the hippest ride on the road, yours! Allow us to get that door for you Sir/Ma’am!
Reason 5) Because They Can Drive Your Rental Car
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Yep! We’ll drive your Enterprise/National rental cars. Just provide your rental agreement number and the driver may be added to the policy.
Reason 6) Because It’s Affordable! The Most Affordable!
Some people just love throwing money away! But those people are usually slouched in front of slot-machines with their ashtrays and fading dreams.
Well, this ain’t Vegas, and the dream here is you saving the doughyou’d otherwise waste on expensive vans, party buses, or limousines so you can win big on the ultimate prize – wine, baby!
Destination Drivers starts at $35/hourin most service areas! So, a four-hour wine tour will cost the equivalent of a few local bottles of wine, with the option to extend your time for as long as you wish.
Large groups? Yes!
Book multiple drivers!
No time limits, no winery limits!
Reason 7) Because They’re Vetted and Trusted
Destination Drivers partake in a thorough driving training and must meet strict requirements in order to join the roster. Importantly, they are all non-smoking, professional, and communicative.
Requirements of Destination Drivers Wine Tour Operators:
Over 25 years old
Clean/clear driving records
Willing to pass background checks
Hospitality and customer service experience
Knowledge of wine and brewery regions
Hire the one company that has proven itself to over 30,000 guests to be a 5-Star Experience!
Let’s talk about parking……… Naaah. Let’s not! Your driver handles it!
They’ll keep the car cool and comfortable and have it parked right up at the entrance as soon as you’re finished with your tastings.
No long walks back to a hot car in the baking sun. Wine bottles are safely and properly stowed and your vehicle is looked after at all times.
Reason 9) Because They Carry Your Wine
Destination Drivers truly cares about making your wine tour experience effortless! No more lugging bottles and cases of wine out to your car.
They’ll carry your wine, your gifts, your dog. Heck, they’ll probably even carry you if you needed it. They’ll even help you keep track of whose is whose, if you need it.
Reason 10) Because They Know Where To Go!
Even with GPS, people still get lost searching for wineries (especially on small back country roads).
Ride-sharing drivers don’t always drop guests off at the right spots, in many cases dropping you off nowhere near the intended winery!
Don’t make that mistake – Hire a Destination Driver who knows the winding backroads of Paso Robles and Santa Ynez, the secret spots in Sonoma and Napa, and the backdoors to Temecula and Monterey wineries like the back of Marco Polo’s hands.
Keep Calm and Wine Taste On!
“Okay, do we really need any more reasons? I get it, this is a great service, can we just book it now? Long articles aren’t really my jam…more of a Twitter person myself, ya know? 240 characters or less! Quick stories. Snap snap, get to the point! I mean..”
REASON 11!!! Because It’s Easy to Book a Wine Tour
Booking a designated driver for your wine tour is extremely simple, mobile-friendly, 100% secure, and only takes a few minutes.
So what are you waiting for? Select your wine country territory in California and enter the desired date of your trip. Let’s go!
Reason 12) Because Their Wine Tour Drivers Double as Photographers!
Work it… work it… Yes! Destination Drivers are certainly happy to take photos for you any time at no extra cost.
Hand them your camera or phones, or they’ll take photos with their own devices.
Need an epic backdrop for your group photo? Ask your driver! They’ll know of the perfect hillside vineyard or lookout to capture the moment.
Look back on your day and share it with friends! And also don’t forget to tag @destinationdrivers on Instagram!
Reason 13) Because They Keep You Hydrated
Hey, Johnny Faceplant! Wine tasting can easily put you into a buzzed state if you move too quickly, and as a result, you could be putting yourself and others at risk. But worry not…
Destination Drivers will keep your vehicle’s drink holder stocked with a fresh cold bottle of H2O at all times, reminding you to take your time and water up during the wine tour so the day lasts as long as you want it to.
Reason 14) Because They’ll Connect You With Dog-Friendly Wineries
Want your dog along for the ride? Please, bring your beloved pup!
If a winery doesn’t allow dogs we’ll be happy to walk your hound outdoors while you enjoy your wine tasting.
Reason 15) Because You’ll Stay On Track
It’s imperative that wine tour is stress-free. You shouldn’t be hustled off to the next winery until you’re absolutely ready.
Destination Drivers can contact the next winery if your group runs late so that no one feels hurried while keeping you on track for a well-balanced, full day of enjoyment.
Have special appointments or time frames? Drivers assist with the flow of the route and the tour as a whole. And on that note…
Reason 16) Because They’ll Set The Appointments For You
Indeed, appointment setting can take your valuable time. Please ask us to assist you! In the event that you would like to visit by-appointment wineries, drivers can contact you to discuss any potential plans, appointments, and logistics, such as your route and departure times.
As soon as you book with Destination Drivers, your trip gets easier. Relax! You’ll be drinking wine soon.
Reason 17) Because… Exclusive Wine Tastings!
Roll out the wine-stained carpet! Due to our extensive experience, Destination Drivers’ team has established relationships with wineries offering private tours, special tastings, library tastings, and access to reserve bottles. In fact, some wineries extend automatic discounts to our clientele.
Moreover, Destination Drivers constantly builds and deepens its relationships with top wineries in each region to improve all of the California wine tours availed to visiting guests.
Reason 18) Because They’ll Take You to the Best Restaurants in Wine Country!
What’s all the great wine worth if it isn’t paired with great food anyway? After all, no wine adventure is truly complete without a stellar dining experience from a local restaurant.
Whether its Paso Robles restaurants, eateries in Temecula, or fine dining in Monterey Bay…
Since 2010, Destination Drivers has you covered!
Be driven safely out to dinner after your winery tours are complete, and if you need a gap of time in between, then by all means, we’ll accommodate you. Furthermore, let the driver know if you’d like any suggestions.
Reason 19) Because You Can Speak With A Real Person To Decide If Hiring a Personal Driver is Right For You!
So give Destination Drivers a CALL ANY TIME for consultation about your wine tour:
Enter the extension of the area which you are interested in and a friendly representative will answer. If the line is busy, you’ll be directed to a voice mailbox and they will return your call as soon as possible.