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Summer Vineyard at Sunset

You know you want to spend the day in wine country!

Summer is upon us ~ Check out some of the fun in the sun!

Looking for Wine Country Events happening in June in one of
California’s Central Coast Wine Regions?
Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara County
Well, drink up!

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Monochrome Wines

Monochrome Wines, California White Wine

There are hundreds of great wineries in California focused primarily on red wines. Monochrome Wines devote all of their attention, effort and passion exclusively to white wines.  To paraphrase Coco Chanel, “To be memorable, you must first be different.”

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Wine Festival Season hits the Central Coast!

One of the absolute most exciting things about Spring on the Central Coast? That’s right, its Wine Festival Season! Not sure which one is right for you? Check out the options below, grab your sandals and sunscreen and celebrate the vine with these amazing events.

Hospice du Rhone


Hospice du Rhone

Hospice du Rhone is An international vintners’ association that provides promotional and educational opportunities to the wine industry, trade and Rhône enthusiasts. Each year over 1,200 Rhône lovers converge in Paso Robles, California USA for the annual Hospice du Rhône Festival. The group is a mix of Rhône producers and importers, wine industry representatives, restaurateurs, Sommeliers and enthusiasts who possess an unwavering passion for the 22 Rhône varieties. The event hosts upwards of 160 Rhône wine producers and importers, from throughout the world at the Friday Rhône Rendezvous and the Saturday Grand Tasting. These worldly Rhône wine producers and imports gathered from France, South Africa, Australia, Spain, Chile and the USA. The states represented from the USA are Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

Tickets to attend the Paso Robles installment are now on-sale through the organizations website!  This weekend, dedicated to nothing but Rhônes, will include four in-depth educational seminars, two spirited tastings and three lively meals. Attendees should gear up for a weekend of serious Rhône fun brimming with Rhône wines, Rhône zealots and Rhône producers from throughout the world. Passes are currently on sale for the Paso Robles Installment of Hospice du Rhône taking place April 14 – 16, 2016 at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California. Event and Seminar passes begin at $100. To purchase passes and to learn more visit

CAB’s of Distinction Media, Trade & Sommelier Events

CAB collwective

CAB Collective

If you’re ready to get your CAB on, here the Festival for you! With Seminars like :Know Your Cab Clones: Learn how to differentiate the different clones of Cabernet in Paso, and how choices in the vineyard are elevating Paso Robles wines. Join this session for an opportunity to taste and compare five different Cabernet Sauvignon clones and discuss vineyard and winery practices with the winemaker panel.

And there’s a bot o’ the ol’ competish here as well. Take the final seminar – The Judgment of Paso. Just as the Judgment of Paris proved that California Napa Valley Cabernet and Chardonnay were on a level playing field with Bordeaux in 1976, we aim to show that Paso Robles has risen to a global stage along with celebrated appellations like Napa and Bordeaux in producing superior Cabernet Sauvignon. Join this session for an opportunity to blind-taste and compare eight different Cabernet Sauvignons along with a panel of top sommeliers. After each wine is tasted, and its region strategically analyzed and guessed, it will be revealed!

If you’re in the mood to sip more than study, there’s the En Primeur & Current Vintage Tasting: Be the first to sample the latest vintages from both the barrel and just-released bottle from all 22 member wineries.

Info can be found at the Paso Robles Cab Collective’s website

Earth day

Earth Day Food and Wine Festival

Earth Day Food and Wine Festival

The Earth Day Food & Wine Main event delivers a top quality food and wine experience paired with a casual, low-key atmosphere, all while celebrating the passionate people behind a sustainable food movement. Nestled under the oaks at Castoro Cellars in Templeton, California on April 23, premiere entry begins at 1pm, with general admission at 2pm.  Wear your boots, wear your flip-flops. Relax at VIP tables, or enjoy yourself picnic style. Event proceeds benefit educational scholarships for relatives of farmworkers and Spanish education programs of the Vineyard Team.

Borne from the desire to share sustainable wine and food with hungry eaters and caring connoisseurs, Earth Day Food and Wine has become the acclaimed culinary experience of the season. Forget the carrot sticks—these chefs, farmers and winemakers are serving up sustainable fare that dares to be delicious.

For ten years Earth Day Food and Wine Festival has set the bar for top quality food and wine experiences, with the added bonus of celebrating a sustainable food culture. Tickets begin at $75 for the Main Event. From twenty-somethings to seventy-somethings,  the goal is to connect like minded folks all for the greater good!

Additional info and tickets here:


These amazing Events are only the beginning of a season of incredible Wine Exploration. Stay tuned to the Breakaway Blog for the latest on Wine Festival happenings around the Central Coast!








Central Coast Bride Mixer at Tooth & Nail

Bride Mixer

The Castle

What a marvelous time at the Central Coast Bride Mixer!

Tooth & Nail Wines

Tooth & Nail Wines

Music, Wine, Food, seeing old friends and meeting new.  Thank you Tooth & Nail Winery for hosting. Can you imagine getting married in a CASTLE?! Well, now your dreams can be a reality. Breathtaking bites provided by Foremost Wine Co.

The venue was decked out beautifully with florals by Flowers by Kim. and sweet treats from Christine’s Cake Creations.

When planning a Wedding or Event on the Central Coast, Central Coast Bride is an amazing resource to find amazing local professionals who are the best at what they do.

Bride Mixer

Bride Mixer

Bride Mixer


Bride Mixer

Delicious Eats!

Whatever your Wedding dreams, the Central Coast is the ideal location and Breakaway can take you there! So, remember to include an amazing Wine Tour with Breakaway Tours & Events as part of your Wedding Weekend experience.

Sips and Songs: Wine Events at Claiborne & Churchill Winery


Wine Events

On the hunt for something fun to do on a Friday evening this summer? Looking to kick your weekend into gear? Happy Hour on the Central Coast has stepped up it’s game with Claiborne & Churchill ‘s Sips and Songs summer concert series. Relax on the garden patio and take in the views from the heart of Edna Valley. Boogie to the groove of local bands and artists. The best part – admission is free!! Seriously. C&C wines and food from local purveyors such as Bon Temps Creole Café , The Pairing Knife , Haute Skillet , and Taqueria Santa Cruz are available for purchase. Just 5 minutes south of downtown San Luis Obispo or 15 minutes north of Pismo Beach. You’re sure to see this SLO girl living it up a few times this summer!

Wine Events

Wine Events

Claiborne & Churchill Winery Presents:


Free Concert Series

Fridays 5:30-7:30






Aug 21    SOUL SAUCE

Sep 4    THE KICKS



Wine Events

Wine Events


Bon Temps Creole Café

The Pairing Knife

Taqueria Santa Cruz

Haute Skillet

Dads and Grads

Fathersday1It’s that time of year. Spring has sprung and we’re already feeling the warm winds of summer that drive us on outdoor adventures, and in search of WINE!

What better way to celebrate this magical time of year with your favorite Dads and Grads than with a fully guided and curated tour of one of the Central Coast’s incredible wine regions?

Show your love and appreciation for Dad with a day tour through Grad1Santa Ynez (He loved Sideways, right?). Celebrate the milestone of your favorite College Grad with a trek through Paso Robles in search of the perfect Cabernet! With both private and scheduled tour options, you can bring along the party or make new friends along the way.

This year Father’s Day (June 21st) coincides with Passport Weekend in Paso Robles, so many wineries, restaurants, and other activities have planned special events.  Want to Paint while sipping an amazing Zinfandel? Sample BBQ wile listening to local music? Check out Paso Robles Wine Country for details on specifics.

So, whether you’re celebrating that special Dad or Grad in your life, or are on the hunt for an early summer adventure, look no further than Breakaway Tours & Event Planning to make your getaway one to remember!



Central Coast Wine Events – May 10-12, 2013

What To Do This Weekend

This Saturday, May 11, 2013 is national  Wine Tourism Day. There are many spectacular Central Coast Wine Country events to consider this weekend – choose one or choose several! So get out there and celebrate Mom (and wine) this weekend!

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