The West is wine country

The West is home to the country's best wine regions. Explore them all and taste their best offerings, from the cult cabs of Napa to the Pinots of Willamette Valley

Central Coast day trip: Templeton

The Paso Robles neighbor that's worth a closer look

Make it a weekend: Stay at Venteux Vineyards, where you can stroll through the vines, sip Rhône-inspired blends by the stone fireplace, chat with the winemaker, and relax in your farmhouse-style room. Gourmet breakfast is served on the long wraparound porch. $245, including breakfast and wine and cheese; two-night minimum.

Hungry? Four more food and wine finds

For seafood: At Pier 46 Seafood Market & Restaurant, in addition to freshly caught fish to go, there’s first-rate fish and chips, cioppino, fish tacos, and calamari on toasted sourdough. $$; 1131 Rossi Rd.; 805/434-1950.

For burgers: Locals line up for juicy burgers with all the fixings at the Burger Station, in a 1940s gas station. $; 628 South Main St.; 10:30–3:30; closed Sun; 805/434-9200.

For wine: Try the Rhône- and Bordeaux-inspired blends at Clavo Cellars downtown. Especially the “Dreamer” Petite Sirah. $5 tasting fee; 315 S. Main St.; 805/226-0174.

For a surprise: McPhee’s Grill is one of the best restaurants on the Central Coast, serving whatever Ian McPhee is in the mood for—say, ancho-chile duck quesadillas or roast quail with mushroom caponata. $$$; 416 S. Main St.; 805/434-3204.

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