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    Paso Robles, California: The Central Coast does its best Tuscany

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    The New York Times
    By Danielle Pergament

    #6 Paso Rob­les, Cal­i­for­nia: The Cen­tral Coast does its best Tuscany

    California’s Cen­tral Coast has been known as California’s oth­er wine coun­try since the actor Paul Gia­mat­ti went on a road trip and swore off mer­lot in Side­ways” 16 years ago. But while Paso Rob­les in par­tic­u­lar is undoubt­ed­ly an accom­plished wine ter­roir with more than 300 winer­ies (L’Aventure and Ade­lai­da winer­ies recent­ly expand­ed), to assume it is a string of tast­ing rooms would be to under­es­ti­mate it. Last fall, the artist Bruce Munro cre­at­ed Field of Light,” a show of 60,000 illu­mi­nat­ed glass orbs spread over 15 acres that has turned Paso Rob­les into an art des­ti­na­tion (until June 30, when the show ends). Mean­while, the city has turned the good life — of wine, olive oil, cheese and bou­tique hotels — into an iden­ti­ty. The star hotel here, Hotel Cheval, is adding 20 guest rooms, a lux­u­ry spa and an infin­i­ty pool in 2020, while the new Hotel Pic­co­lo has brought exposed brick walls, a rooftop bar and a hip­ster crowd to down­town. Two blocks away, chef Julien Asseo (of Guy Savoy in Las Vegas) just opened Les Petites Canailles, a buzzy new farm-to-table restau­rant, in Novem­ber. And Paso Mar­ket Walk, a 16,000-square-foot mar­ket­place, is expect­ed to open this year — bring­ing a bak­ery, micro­brew­ery, gela­te­ria, veg­an cheese shop, olive oil tast­ing room, cof­fee roast­ers and arti­sanal, local spe­cial­ties to Paso.

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