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YES! Summer Concerts are here!!

One of the best things about summer, undoubtedly, is the Castoro Cellars outdoor summer concert series! There aren’t a whole lot of things in life better than watching music outdoors while drinking wine and eating delicious food. Especially when you consider the entire series if 100% off the grid, powered by a Mobile Solar Generator provided by Semmes and co. Pretty cool stuff if you ask me!

As usual, we have an awesome line-up of artists this summer with one of the most exciting shows right around the corner. This coming Saturday June 30th we will be hosting Jon Anderson of the band “Yes” and AJ Croce, son of the late great Jim Croce. Both artists boast very impressive careers and are sure to treat all of those in attendance to a very special evening. All outdoor shows at Castoro Cellars are extremely intimate, giving the audience an experience that is all too rare these days.

It’s not too often you can sit right in front of the stage and watch musicians like Anderson who have performed on some of the largest stages in the world. Anderson’s former band “Yes” is widely acclaimed for hit songs such as “Owner of a lonely heart” and “close to the edge.”

The lesser-known Croce also has a very impressive resume including performances with B.B. King, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles to name a few. Although Croce’s father was quite famous, AJ has truly made a name for himself and has a unique style of his own. AJ Croce could turn out to be one of the best kept secrets around so I’d be sure to get a ticket asap if you don’t want to miss out on this great show.

Catering for the event will be provided by our good friends at Thomas Hill Organics located in downtown Paso Robles.

For information on tickets and upcoming events please visit our website at or call 1-888-DAM-FINE





To warmer days and longer nights . . .

Now that we’re into the second week of June it feels more and more like summer each day. The days have been warm, the nights have been long and exciting summer plans that once seemed so far away are rapidly approaching! One of my favorite things about summer are the long, warm evenings. There’s nothing better than sitting outside with friends and family while enjoying some good food and delicious wines.

As a matter of fact that is just what our crew was up to this past Sunday while attending and pouring wine at the 9th annual Paso Pinot and Paella Festival. The weather was right, the food was delicious and the wine was flowing. The event hosted a sold out crowd in the downtown Templeton Community Park and those who were lucky enough to attend experienced something truly special; local food, live music, Paso Pinot and a sense of community. This year we poured our 2010 Whale Rock Pinot Noir and our 2010 Blind Faith Pinot Noir, both of which were big hits. If this is an event you want to attend next year, get your tickets early because I have a feeling it will sell out even faster than this year!

In other exciting news, our Grappa barn is coming along quite nicely (pictures below). The 100-year-old barn has a lot of character and it’s a lot of fun refurbishing the old structure so we can put it to use. When it’s all said and done this barn will be a pretty amazing space to host our still and make Grappa. There is quite a lot of work to be done on the structure but that doesn’t keep us from experiencing a great sense of excitement and anticipation for this new endeavor. Stay tuned and stay thirsty my friends!

Till next time,