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Bianchi Winery, Paso Robles, California

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No newcomer to the party, Glenn Bianchi and his father Joseph ’s love affair with wine began with a vineyard and winery in the Central Valley of California in 1974. Their desire to create a boutique winery with an emphasis on premium varietals led them to Paso Robles. Impressed with Paso Robles natural beauty and reputation for wines with finesse and complexity, they purchased 40 acres of vineyards on Branch Road in January of 2000.

Bianchi Winery Paso Robles
Bianchi Winery Paso Robles

The Paso Robles terroir is best suited to red varietals. The winery’s sloping vineyards feature Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Merlot vines. These varietals make up their  Heritage Selection. The Italian red varietal Refosco is only available at the Winery Tasting Room.

Bianchi also has produced a great line of four whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Moscato. All are made with grapes sourced from cool marine-influenced Santa Barbara and Monterey County vineyards. Their crisp Chardonnay follows the current trend, moving away from the buttery notes by splitting fermentation between stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.

Bianchi Winery Tasting Room
Bianchi Winery Tasting Room

Bianchi is a member of the Wineries of Paso Robles 46 East. Their Wine Club offers members 30% off any purchases on the day of sign up. With the purchase of a case of wine,  Club Members can earn a complimentary one night stay at the adjacent Vineyard House.

The Vineyard House at Bianchi Winery

Bianchi Vineyard House
Bianchi Vineyard House

The perfect spot for a wine country getaway, the Vineyard House is a 3 bedroom/2 bath house which can sleep up to three couples. The large house features a wood-burning fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, a wine fridge, outdoor BBQ and ensuite laundry.

Bianchi Vineyard House front patio
Bianchi Vineyard House front patio

Guests can sit on the peaceful front patio overlooking the waterfall fed pond or the large back patio, enjoying the sun setting over the vineyard with a glass of wine. City dwellers beware – the silence of the peaceful countryside is deafening.

 

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa offers guests an oasis of relaxation  just minutes away from the shops and nightlife of Scottsdale. Located in aptly named Paradise Valley,  this AAA Four Diamond Luxury Resort is sculpted into the northern side of Camelback Mountain.

Casita at Sanctuary
Casita at Sanctuary

The 105 casitas at Sanctuary feature scenic pedestrian-only walkways and discreet parking spaces, which contribute to the feeling of being the only guest at the resort. The colorful landscaping and  fragrant desert vegetation are a treat for the senses at Sanctuary.

Sanctuary’s Mountain casitas are located on Camelback Mountain and the Spa casitas surround the resort’s infinity pool and award-winning Sanctuary Spa.

Spa and Fitness Area at Sanctuary
Spa and Fitness Area at Sanctuary

The Coconut body scrub is Sanctuary’s signature spa treatment and Cheryl, the masseuse offered an additional balsamic oil hair treatment and had great skin care suggestions.

Oversized soaker tub at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
Oversized soaker tub at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

The smartly designed spa casitas have well – positioned privacy walls in their back patios so that guests can luxuriate in an oversized private tub under the stars.

The casitas contemporary interior design features polished concrete floors and a concrete sink vanity complemented by blond wood doors throughout. Walk through the sunken living room with a huge gas fireplace, out the floor to ceiling windows, to a front terrace, large enough to contain a dining table, a chaise lounge and a canopy daybed sofa.

Sunset over Infinity Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
Sunset over Infinity Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

Swimmers will love the beautiful infinity pool (adults only on weekends) as well as the secluded 25-yard outdoor lap pool in the fitness area at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

The Lap Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa
The Lap Pool at Sanctuary Resort & Spa

One of the best sports for a total body workout with minimal impact on your joints is swimming. Olympic gold medalist Misty Hyman offers tips for stroke improvement. For those looking to up their tennis game, Sanctuary continues a legacy of championship courts and professional coaches, making it the ultimate Scottsdale tennis retreat.

Sanctuary’s terraced main lawn is a gathering point for groups to socialize and watch the Arizona sunsets. For sunset dinner and drinks, try elements (reservations recommended). Chef Beau MacMillan has a creative seasonal  menu that combines Asian influences with locally sourced ingredients.

For four days this spring, April 27-30, 2017, Scottsdale will be heaven for fine food aficionados with the debut of Nirvana, a culinary festival hosted by Sanctuary.  Sanctuary’s own star Executive Chef Beau MacMillan will share the spotlight with Robert Irvine, Todd English, Scott Conant and renowned chefs and mixologists from Scottsdale’s most exciting restaurants. Nirvana will come to a rousing finale with a N’Awlins-style jazz brunch complete with live music and a Bourbon twist, serving up everything from étouffée to feather-light beignets.

As well, a celebrity golf tournament played at Mountain Shadows, pairs each foursome with a renowned chef, star mixologist or notable sports figure. A portion of the proceeds will benefit HopeKids, an organization that provides ongoing activities and a powerful support community for families who have a child with cancer or other life-­threatening medical condition.