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DE­LAINA DIXON OF DI­VAGAL­SDAILY.COM IN­VITES US TO DRINK, EAT & SLEEP AT THIS PASO ROBLES VINE­YARD

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SummerWood Win­ery & Inn is lo­cated three hours out­side of Los An­ge­les in Paso Robles, Calif. Owned by the Fukae fam­ily of Osaka, Ja­pan, SummerWood Win­ery of­fers some of Paso Roble’s best vino. Its Tast­ing Room has daily five-tast­ing flights of its top bot­tles. The whites in­clude Gre­nache Blanche, blended and pure Viog­niers, Vin and Diosa Blanche and a Gre­nache Rose.

The win­ery also has a stun­ning ar­ray of reds like Sen­tio, a Bordeaux blend; Zin­fan­del, Paso’s prized grape; and GSM, a pop­u­lar blend of Gre­nache, Mourve­dre and Syrah. SummerWood also bot­tles a Pri­vate Re­serve of reds, some aged 24 months. SummerWood only makes about 2500 cases of its wines per year, and the brand is only avail­able at their win­ery or on­line.

There’s no trav­el­ing far for a good night’s rest af­ter a trip to SummerWood Win­ery – its inn is right across the street. The nine­room ho­tel, ren­o­vated in 2013, has nine sleekly ap­pointed rooms, all named af­ter SummerWood’s wine brands. That in­cludes the 1000 sq. ft. Diosa suite, nes­tled in an oak tree with a pri­vate rooftop and de­signed in navy blue, ma­hogany, white, and gold ac­cents.

Inn guests are treated to a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of SummerWood wine upon check-in and can en­joy the 5 p.m. happy hour with com­pli­men­tary wine and de­li­cious evening snacks like sal­mon and as­para­gus and wedge let­tuce with crum­bled blue cheese. Later in the evening, SummerWood serves choco­late chip cook­ies and bed­time tea (if you haven’t filled up on the caramels left on your pil­low dur­ing turn­down ser­vice like the Di­vaGals did).

Morn­ings at SummerWood Inn mean a break­fast by the inn’s chef who pre­pares meals to or­der. It’s also the per­fect time to dive into the home­made tangy and sweet gra­nola served with Greek yogurt and fresh berries.

SummerWood has a se­lec­tion of gifts for pur­chase to re­mem­ber your stay at the inn, in­clud­ing its in­tox­i­cat­ing Cin­na­mon Basil Body Wash, along with in­signia robes, key­chains, and of course, bot­tles of wine. Book your stay at sum­mer­wood­wine.com.

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