SLO Passport Premieres

Here’s good news for wine lovers, the inaugural SLO passport event–Sip in SLO!

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Stephen “Steve” Ross Dooley (on the right), owner and winemaker of Stephen Ross Wines near downtown SLO, tasting barrel samples with his winemaking crew.

My wine column,”From the Vine,” in the Santa Maria Times was published today, and it’s about a passport event you’ll want to know more about for it’s great value in wine buying! In fact, as one tasting room manager said, “It’s like being a wine club member for the day.” And that means your getting 20-percent off your entire purchase in her tasting room (prices vary among them so it’s worth reading my column to learn all about it). Not only are tasting room fees reduced, you get some pretty great savings on your wine purchases!

You can read all about it free by clicking on this convenient link:

You occasionally get a quick questionnaire from the Santa Maria Times but it’s usually simple and, happily, limited to one question. Today it asked if I had stayed any one of a short list of famous hotels, I answered no and it took me straight to the column.

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Winemaker and owner of Sinor-La-Vallee in Avila Beach, Mike Sinor is atop his truck surveying his Bassi Vineyard, only 1.2 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Chris Leschinsky

Among the 16 wine tasting rooms that are participating you’ll find that Stephen Ross, Sinor La-Vallee, and the newest tasting room in Avila Valley, Silver Horse.

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Silver Horse, by owner and winemaker Stephen Kroener, is one of the newest tasting rooms in south SLO County in Avila Valley. Located in the historic old schoolhouse that sits beside southbound Hwy. 101.

We highly recommend that you visit to buy your tickets. The passport tickets costs less for visiting four tasting rooms than it would if you visited each one and paid the typical tasting fee of $12 per person at most wineries. But the big difference is more important, that passport gets you some nice discounts on your wine purchases. We don’t know anyone who can’t appreciate some great savings (unless you’re a Trump with no such thing as a limited budget).

You buy your tickets on the above mentioned website for the SLO Vintners. You pick your date, and purchase your tickets. You can buy them on the day you want to go wine tasting, but please do note, you must print out your tickets as proof of purchase. Do not rely on the tickets on your smartphone, take the time to print them out.

One more thing, your passport is only good for one day, so you’ll need to be selective in choosing your tasting rooms to make sure you can get to them all. If you read my column that I’ve linked to above, I’ve provided some solid plans on how to choose the tasting rooms friendly to your passport, which makes it easier to reach them all in one day. The sweet thing about this good value deal, it’s available any day of the week, but do make sure you favorite tasting room is open on the day of your choice. All we can say is have fun and don’t forget to bring home some treats to stock in your wine cellar (which just might be a closet or under the bed, not bad choices as long as it stays a cool temperature)!


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