In late 19th century, European immigrants planted Zinfandel here, and some survived Prohibition. To highlight their heritage, the wineries of Paso Robles hold an annual celebration in honour of their special grape, organising a 3-day Zinfandel Festival usually in March. Over 50 wineries showcase their wines, and the local restaurants serve food. www.pasowine.com
Thomas Hill Market Bistro & Wine Bar. Dedicated to serving organic produce from the Thomas Hill Organic Farm, and highlighting unique wines from the Central Coast. The menu is seasonal and changes daily, with fresh seafood, local meats, thin crust pizzas and delicious salads. 1305 Park Street. Tel.: +1 805 226 5888. www.thomashillorganics.com
Artisan. Created by 2 brothers, Chris and Michael Kobayashi. Fresh, modern cuisine made from local produce that is organic and sustainable where possible. Light and airy feel of the restaurant, open kitchen, glass fronted wine cellar. Wines are local, or you can take your own in for a corkage fee. 1401 Park Street. Tel.: +1 805 237 8084. www.artisanpasorobles.com
Vivant Fine Cheese. Local and imported handcrafted artisan cheeses, paired with the finest Central Coast wine and beer. 840 11th Street. Tel.: +1 805 226 5530
Mt. Olive Organic Farm. A tasting room offering cured olives, herb-infused olive oils, salad dressings, tapenades, sun-dried tomatoes and more. 3445 Adelaida Road.
Firefly Gallery. Run by a local mother and daughter team, both artists themselves, Firefly stocks beautiful handmade items, as well as locally made art, clothing, jewellery and gifts. 1301 Park St.