Monthly Archives: April 2013

Where to stay in New Cabernet Country.

With the prestigious CABs of Distinction event approaching this weekend (April 27 at Windfall Farms in Paso Robles) we at Parker Sanpei & Associates thought we’d share a handful of our favorite lodging properties in and around Paso Robles, aka “New Cabernet Country.”

Venteux Vineyards Bed & Breakfast

venteux vineyards

Venteux Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is a luxury inn that features Americana farm style. Our rooms offer the appeal of fine country elegance once so prominent along California’s central coast. In the very heart of the Paso Robles wine country, Venteux Vineyards is both an estate winery and premium bed and breakfast. Our Bed & Breakfast Rooms are attached to the Farmhouse Residence by a private entrance off the porch, and our Red Barn is perfect for those wanting a more independent farm stay with all the luxuries of home.


For reservations, phone 805-369-0126 or email  Venteux Vineyards is located at 1795 Las Tablas Road in Templeton, California.

Hammersky Vineyards & Inn


Immerse yourself in the rich family history and romance upon which HammerSky was founded. Once home to the large family of a pastor and pioneer farmer, the exquisitely restored 107-year-old farmhouse gracefully offers a nod to the past while embracing the comforting amenities of today. This four-bedroom estate offers a gourmet kitchen, large dining room, wifi, satellite, barbecue, and an outdoor living space that invites lounging. Whether traveling with a group of friends or looking for a quiet getaway, you will treasure your stay at the farmhouse and will want to make it a tradition.

For reservations, please email Kim at Hammersky Vineyards & Inn are located at 7725 Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles, California.

Sundance Bed & Breakfast


Sundance Bed & Breakfast is the perfect destination for food and wine lovers looking for a quiet getaway paired with an exquisite culinary experience. The B&B provides a delicious choice of sweet or savory gourmet breakfasts to begin each perfect day in paradise! And, as a special bonus for lovers of fabulous food and fine wine, we offer a romantic multi-course “Wine Tasters’ Dinner” created by our resident chef on Saturday nights exclusively for our guests; optionally each course can be perfectly paired with different local wines. Dinners are served in the formal dining room or out on the patio where you can drink in the view along with the wine!

For reservations, phone 805-226-2888.  The Sundance Inn is located at 7735 Sundance Trail in Paso Robles, California.


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A first for Paso Robles Bordeaux

PRCC Color (2)The Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective has been in the news a lot lately for its inaugural event, the CABs of Distinction festival, and we’re excited to take part in it!  Parker Sanpei & Associates will most definitely attend this celebration of Paso Robles’ finest Bordeaux vineyards, wines, and producers on Saturday, April 27 from 2 to 5 PM at the elegant Windfall Farms Stallion Barn.

Windfall Farms, Paso Robles

Windfall Farms, Paso Robles

Grand Tasting at Paso Robles’ prestigious Windfall Farms

Explore premium award-winning Cabernet and red Bordeaux wines from Paso Robles’ top producers. The prestigious Windfall Farms Stallion Barn, with its rustic elegance of copper spires, iron and copper framed stalls, green sprawling lawns and panoramic views of majestic rolling hills will provide a seductive backdrop for this exclusive gala. The ornately designed structure and majestic landscape are the perfect pairing for a day of live music, delectable bites from local restaurants and artisanal food purveyors paired with tastings of the best bottles these winemakers have to offer.


Participating wineries in the CABs of Distinction Grand Tasting include ADELAIDA Cellars, B & E Vineyard, Chateau Margene, DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Eberle Winery, HammerSky Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Jada Vineyard, JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, L’Aventure, Niner Wine Estates, Parrish Family Vineyards, Rangeland Wines, Record Family Wines, Robert Hall Winery, Sextant Wines, Still Waters Vineyards, Venteux Vineyards, Vina Robles, and Wild Horse Winery.

Tickets are $95 or $30 for designated drivers and can be purchased at PasoRoblesCABcom/tickets.  See you with glass in hand!


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For when you can’t take a vacation: GRANITAS

When spring arrives, we at Parker Sanpei & Associates can count on the travel bug to bite, and this year it has bitten HARD.  But for one reason or another, none of us can get away for anything much.  What to do when you can’t see the world?  Bring the world home, of course.

If you’ve ever been to Sicily, you know what a granita is.  Related to sorbet and Italian ices, this warm-weather dessert traditionally consists of course crushed ice and a flavored syrup of some sort, like coffee, lemon, oranges, mint, chocolate, and even jasmine.  In some of Italy’s warmest cities, a granita with brioche is actually considered a balanced and totally acceptable breakfast – a way of life we are more than ready to adopt as our own!

For a no-fuss foray into making granitas at home, try Alton Brown’s Coffe Granita recipe, care of the Food Network:

Coffee Granita

Serves 6


  • 2 cups lukewarm espresso or strong black coffee
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest

Combine all ingredients and stir until sugar melts. Pour mixture into 9 by 13-inch metal pan and place on level shelf in freezer for half an hour. (Mixture should only come about 1/4-inch up the side of the pan.) Remove and use a dinner fork to scrape any ice crystals that have formed on the side or bottom of the pan. Return to freezer and repeat scraping every 20 to 30 minutes for 3 to 4 hours. Once mixture is thoroughly frozen, fluff with a fork and allow flakes to “dry” in freezer another half hour before serving. When served, the granita should look like a fluffy pile of dry brown crystals.

Scoop into goblets and top with barely sweetened whipped cream, add additional citrus zest if desired.

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Announcing our newest client: VILLA SAN-JULIETTE

We at Parker Sanpei & Associates couldn’t be more delighted to announce that the latest client to join our stables is Villa San-Juliette Winery from the Paso Robles AVA.

Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe of Villa San-Juliette Winery

Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe of Villa San-Juliette Winery

Villa San-Juliette Winery is the creation of Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, television icons (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?) who are  committed to sharing the good life and their delicious wines.   The star of the show is their beautiful 168-acre country vineyard in Paso Robles, California, where Ken and Nigel are excited to indulge in the winery experience with new friends from near and far.

Villa San-Juliette Winery

Villa San-Juliette Winery

We have followed the story of Ken and Nigel through the years – their meteoric rise to success on television, their work ethic, their dream of owning a winery – but never dared to imagine that we’d be the agency lucky enough to represent their labor of love, Villa San-Juliette.  Needless to say, we are ecstatic!

Exciting events will take place at VSJ in the near future, and we’ll be sure to keep readers of The Dish by PSPR well-informed.  The first such happenings are:

Proprietors Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe will be hosting a gourmet dinner with food stations by Maegan Loring (The Lido Restaurant) and surprise live musical entertainment. This is an evening you don’t want to miss.

Come picnic on the lawns to enjoy the live music by Headshine. Skewers and dancing until sunset, with wines available for purchase.

For more info or tickets to these events, please visit

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