Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Once again, Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel was awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence. Thanks to our many guests for posting reviews. 

Saturday, April 02, 2016

April 2016 "Rick's Tips" - "Spring Flowers"

The latest edition of "Rick's Tips," Blue Heron's free newsletter is available.  This issue covers good places to see "Spring Flowers."  Check it out by clicking here.  You will learn about beautiful gardens at wineries in Sonoma County, a botanical garden not far from the Anderson Valley wineries in Mendocino County, and spectacular daffodils near the Shenandoah Valley wineries in Amador County.  Also featured are gardens in San Francisco and elsewhere in the Bay Area.

If you would like to take a private wine country tour that includes some of the gardens mention in the newsletter, contact Blue Heron Custom Tours & Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Return to Paso Robles

After more than a year, we returned to Paso Robles for a couple of days. Having tasted on the west side of US-101 a few times, we decided to visit the East Side on this trip. 

We tasted at Robert Hall, Cass, Still Waters, and August Ridge wineries. As in the past, tasting room staff were friendly and attentive. Like the West Side, you'll find a lot of Zinfandel (red, not pink), Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, and Rousanne. A few wineries, such as August Ridge, specialize in Italian varietals, e.g., Nebbiola, Sangiovese, Barbera, and Dolcetto. 

Many wineries welcome picnickers. Cass has a cafe with very good food. The staff pour your wines as you wait for your food to come from the kitchen. You can then get a glass to accompany your meal. We had the burger and short rib chili, both of which were delicious. 

The East Side is less visited than the West Side, so you might want to head here if you visit Paso Robles on a Saturday to avoid some of the crowds. 

If you want to visit Paso Robles from San Francisco, Blue Heron offers private tours that can also include Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, and the Hearst Castle. For more information, call (866) 326-4237 or e-mail