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VERY small, intimate wedding at Paso Robles Winery... please help us find the right place.

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corkcouple Aug 15, 2011 06:11 AM

HELP... my fiance and I have decided to get married in the Paso Robles wine country in November of 2011. We don't live in California so our planning and options are coming from blogs, websites and help from strangers. We have traveled to the Napa/Sonoma wine region and love it there but decided we really wanted to be adventurous and experience the Paso Robles region that we have heard so much about.

We have decided that we would like a late afternoon or sunset ceremony performed by a local clergyperson with just the two of us and our two well behaved dogs. Our ideal wedding winery would be one that is very informal with a view of the vineyards and a backdrop of rolling hills that goes on forever. We would love it if after the ceremony, we could be served wines from the winery we are at and enjoy a romantic early dinner of wonderful California cuisine.

We would welcome any advice and your suggestions... please help us make our choice.

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    glbtrtr Aug 15, 2011 08:46 AM

    Just back from the Parkfield Inn and Cafe V6 Ranch in quirky Parkfield which has to be one of the more out of the way and unusual locations for what you might be looking for in this area. But this is a ranch, big on grass-fed beef and not a winery. Limited menu, but we enjoyed it immensely. Home made food and a very intimate setting. http://www.parkfield.com/rides/

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    70410 Parkfield Coalinga Rd, Parkfield, CA 93451

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      sdpanda80 Aug 22, 2011 09:14 PM

      Wow! That is not a lot of time to plan something...Good thing you want something small! I would recommend selecting a winery that specializes in a type of wine that is your favorite-after all there are hundreds of wineries, you'll have a tough time one that isn't amazing. Some personal favorites are: Le Cuvier, Cass, Edward Sellers, Four Vines, Bella Luna, Gelfland, L'Aventure, and many others.
      Good Luck!

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      Gail Aug 15, 2011 08:52 AM

      www.justinwine.com

      1. toodie jane Aug 15, 2011 09:40 AM

        Don't know how familiar you are with the Paso Robles wine region, but the prettiest spots in Paso are in the deeply folded hills and canyons to the west of town. The vineyards are nestled within the folds of oak covered hills, so unless you're on top of one, you won't have tremendously long vistas. On the east side of town the terrain is more gently undulating flatlands, grain farms still intermingle with vineyards that are nearly treeless. It's not going to be as romantically pretty as the westside. relief map: http://california.hometownlocator.com/maps/feature-map,ftc,2,fid,242673,n,geneseo%20school.cfm
        The exception to this simplified description of terrain is the El Pomar-Genesio area to the southest of Paso. The terrain is a bit more open, but still has the mounding hills that remind of Tuscany.

        Finding your combo of picture-perfect romantic terrain and fine wine and gourmet dinner is going to be challenging, but working with the wineries, even if they don't have a dining room (most don't) they should be able to hook you up with a wine country caterer who could work with you. You might want to search the grower assciation websites to find one that best suits your perameters, and go from there. http://www.pasowine.com/ava-map/ you can start with the map and learn more about the wineries through their 'profiles'.

        good luck and congratulations!

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          glbtrtr Aug 15, 2011 10:37 AM

          The area west of Paso have formed a collective marketing group called "The Far Out Wineries" - you can sort them out by location and any dining amenities on that one website: http://www.faroutwineries.com/

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          OenoV Aug 15, 2011 12:37 PM

          Although small, it's kind of last minute to book a wedding but I will offer up a suggestion. My choice would be HammerSky Vineyards for the gorgeous view, delicious wine and cozy inn, but you would need to contact them to see if they can accommodate your needs.

          http://hammersky.com/HammerSky/Home.html

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            Bruce in SLO Aug 16, 2011 06:42 AM

            Check out the Silver Horse Winery page. Beautiful views, cozy and can meet your needs.
            http://www.silverhorse.com/

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              sbgirl Aug 17, 2011 06:29 PM

              We took our pup to Paso once and found a few wineries to be quite dog friendly. Tablas Creek even let him in the tasting room! If memory serves, Calcareous had a water bowl available, they have crazy views and serve food, although I do not know how late. The meal is going to be your sticking point, I think, as most do not serve food. If you wanted to put some energy into a picnic your options would be wider - DiRaimondos in Paso has great cheeses, charcuterie, etc., and the salt crusted baguettes are addictive. There is also a smalll bakery attached now. Mondo Cellars has great views and a B&B which is dog friendly only if you take the entire place over. They have full kitchen and BBQ if you wanted to cook. Toodie Jane has a good idea about local caterers. Or maybe pick up some food to go from Artisan en route? Congrats and have fun!

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                corkcouple Aug 24, 2011 03:12 PM

                Thanks for your suggestions... I forgot to mention that we will be traveling there with our two dogs in an RV and we have reservations to stay at the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso. So we are good for a place to stay. I think we just need to find the winery with a view and who will let us have a ceremony with our dogs on site. It will be dark at 5pm... so a 4:30 ceremony with some wine tasting after... and then we think we'll go to Artisan for a nice dinner. Remember everyone... it's just the two of us, two dogs, an officiate, a few flowers, no wedding dress and no guests. Does anyone have thoughts about Eberle for the wedding location???

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                corkcouple Aug 24, 2011 03:15 PM

                Thanks for your suggestions... I forgot to mention that we will be traveling there with our two dogs in an RV and we have reservations to stay at the Wine Country RV Resort in Paso. So we are good for a place to stay. I think we just need to find the winery with a view and who will let us have a ceremony with our dogs on site. It will be dark at 5pm... so a 4:30 ceremony with some wine tasting after... and then we think we'll go to Artisan for a nice dinner. Remember everyone... it's just the two of us, two dogs, an officiate, a few flowers, no wedding dress and no guests. Does anyone have thoughts about Eberle for the wedding location???

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                  glbtrtr Aug 24, 2011 04:08 PM

                  Did you check out the smaller wineries on the Far Out Wineries website - because they indicated which ones would make arrangements for weddings - or did you just want to conduct the wedding informally in a particularly scenic setting on your own without the winery being officially involved? http://www.faroutwineries.com/plan-yo...

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                    corkcouple Aug 24, 2011 04:17 PM

                    Thank you GLBTRTR, we have looked at the FarOutWineries website and determined who could hold a wedding and also those that would allow the dogs... but it's so difficult to determine what the vista would be. We do want the winery to be involved to the point that they set up the area for us... not much more to do. I know that Eberle is not on the West of Far Out side of Paso... but what do you think of the ambiance and scenery there?

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                      glbtrtr Aug 24, 2011 05:29 PM

                      Been a long time since i have visited Eberle so I have no idea, sorry - recent visit to Thacher in the Far Out zone - some antique wagons and a rural farm and antique barn look, but not sure if it has the background vistas you might want - but most everything out that way has small and homey feeling. Thacher is up a long driveway but nestled more between hills rather than having long views behind it. Some photos: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=thacher+winery&fb=1&gl=us&hq=thacher+winery&cid=9937032014567729272&ei=pJdVTue0L8LpsQLax4yMBw&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=photo-link&cd=1&resnum=1&ved=0CCIQnwIoADAA

                      Still thinking that Parkfield just might work still - not a winery but a pretty unique country local. About a half hour away from Paso, but a drive through some gorgeous farm country. http://www.parkfield.com/parkfield-cg... Look for the photo with the raised gazebo in the lush and green garden. They have scattered old, rusted farm equipment around as sculptures and fountains - very effective, not hokey at all since these machines were almost works of art when they were manufactured and their rust tones bring them all together. Very whimsical fountain made of old pump faucets and parts.

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                  LabLady Aug 24, 2011 06:22 PM

                  I recently looked into a few places around there for my own wedding, but ended up booking a non-winery venue. How many people are you planning to have? I was looking for a larger group (150ish), and I found a lot of the wineries to be really restrictive. For example, most of the ones I looked at wouldn't let you start before 5 or 6 pm (when the tasting room closes), and some required you to have an official 'wedding planner' and/or insurance. The ones I looked at were Stillwater, Robert Hall, Meridian, and Justin.

                  If you're willing to go a bit outside of Paso to San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley Vinyards would be a good choice, especially if you aren't set on a Saturday for the day of the week. I agree that the meal will be the sticking point for most places. Depending on the size of your guest list/budget, I would definitely consider contacting some of the smaller wineries to see if they would let you bring in outside catering. I suspect that the smaller ones wouldn't have as many annoying rules and time limits.

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                    corkcouple Aug 25, 2011 04:17 AM

                    Hi LabLady, our wedding will just be the two of us, our two dogs and an officiate... no guests. Have you been to Eberle Winery in East Paso Robles... I know that they have a pretty deck and would allow our dogs. Any thoughts??? See my second post above about dinner plans. Thanks for your help!!!

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                      LabLady Aug 25, 2011 02:21 PM

                      Sorry I missed the details up there! I think Eberle would be beautiful -- it's been a few years since I was there though. It might be a bit crowded at peak wine tasting times, but I'm sure if you called them they could tell you the best time to go, or maybe let you close the deck off to other tasters.

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                        toodie jane Aug 26, 2011 07:36 AM

                        Eberle is a huge estate on wide open land, not exactly an intimate setting. If you are looking to create magic, not sure this is the place. Think multiple tour busses. Most of the wineries along Highway 46 East are set up for tourists moving to and from the central coast/central valley, and are large with high volumes of tourists.

                        The wineries with more intimate layouts are those in the Westside hills and the Creston-Genesio area southeast of Paso. These might also be more flexible in their schedules and in allowing pooches as they tend to be family- run and -staffed.

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                      sgbslo Aug 27, 2011 08:31 PM

                      You might check with Cass Winery. They have an onsite cafe and the setting is nice. They are also very dog friendly. Another smaller, dog-friendly option would be Red Soles.

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                      Cass Winery
                      7350 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA

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                        corkcouple Aug 28, 2011 05:23 AM

                        Thanks so much for the suggestions... I will send an email to them today.

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