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Wine Bar in Pismo Beach one of Top 20 in US

Pismo Beach is home to Tastes of the Valleys, a wine bar that was recently named one of the top 20 in the county by Wine Enthusiast. The list includes wine bars from all over the country, just three of which are in California. 


"This well-stocked tasting room and wine shop sits just a few blocks from the beach and pours hundreds (seriously) of Central Coast wines by the glass. The vast selection and wine-smart staff are why the bar is a favorite and local winemakers and industry insiders."



 (Photos from Tastes of the Valleys Instagram @tastespismo)


Fans of the bar tweeted their support and congratulations upon Wine Enthusiast's publication of the list.




Tastes of the Valleys specializes in it's regional Central Coast wines, and carries a large collection of imports . Most of their wines are available by the glass, allowing you to sample tastes from all over the world. To keep their wines fresh they employ technology developed by Napa Technology and Coravin Systems.




Being in the top 20 is "not only great recognition for us, but it's also a recognition of the great wines made here on the Central Coast," Ash Mehta co-owner of Tastes of the Valleys said to The Tribune.


Tastes of the Valleys is located just 0.3 miles from Dolphin Cove Motel, at 911 Price St, Pismo Beach, California. 



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Pismo Beach Farmers Market is Fun in the Sun


The Pismo Beach Farmers Market offers food, produce and entertainment for the whole family. Presented by the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce and held at the pier on Wednesdays from 2-5pm.

Going year-round, the this farmers market is unique in that it combines a community and farmer oriented event with the recreational and scenic experience that is Pismo Beach. This is the destination for local produce, goods and culture.



(Photos from Pismo Beach Farmers Market Facebook page)

The climate in central California allows for a great variety of vegetables and fruits to be grown locally, making the farmers markets in the area some of the best in world. This abundance lends itself to the local artisans who use the bounty to make the specialty local products, from wine to food to soap, that help make California what it is. Did I forget to mention seafood?



For a time Pismo Beach was lucky enough to enjoy two farmers markets. 55 Fresh, a market focusing on local produce and goods, ran for almost a year on tuesday mornings but they had to shut down last may due to a parking issue according to a post on their Facebook page. It also says they are working to resolve the situation, so perhaps someday the town will again host two farmers markets.

Pismo Beach Farmers Market provides a pleasant atmosphere with a vibrant community, local food vendors, and high quality local products. Not to mention it is hands down the best place to see the sunset on a Wednesday night.





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The Amgen Tour of California is coming to Pismo Beach this week!   


The tour is from May 10th to May 16th and goes from Sacramento to Nevada City, Lodi, San Jose, Pismo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clarita, Big Bear Lake, Ontario, Mt. Baldy, LA, and then to Pasadena for the overall finish.  


Stage 4 consists of Pismo Beach and Avila Beach.  Since only 8 miles separate the two towns, but the tour will head over 100 miles through San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  


The race starts on the Pismo Beach Pier on Wednesday, May 13th, at 11:30AM, and finishes in Avila at 3:50PM.  The total miles in the race is 106.9 and the elevation gain will be 5,200 ft. The route map can be seen here.


On the 5th day, the bikers will ride through the Santa Monica and Malibu coastline and enjoy dinner at the iconic Neptune's Net restaurant.



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Many people are aware that Pismo Beach boasts one of the most attractive piers along California's Central Coast. Right across from Dolphin Cove Motel, it offers immediate access to brilliant views, fishing and more. Yet still most people are unaware that Pismo's wharf and pier are practically the foundations of the town as such.


The wharf was begun in 1881 to accommodate shipping especially for lumber. The costs compared to ferrying saved the locality thousands of dollars in transportation (which meant something in those days) and allowed for business, and population to boom in Pismo Beach, which was still a very new town at that time. The land had only been leased for development a few years before by John Price, the rancher who owned El Pizmo Rancho, which consisted of all of the area around today's Pismo Beach.


Sadly, the wharf was lost not long after due to a horrific storm in 1890, but it was rebuilt 1924 much longer and larger both than either before or today. It featured a handcart rail that extended the full length and many buildings such as the Royal Cafe where residents could go for music, dancing and entertainment. It is said to have been so long that Navy ships could pull up alongside and dock to allow the sailors ashore. Once again the pier had brought life into Pismo Beach.


Today's pier is was built in the 1980's after another large storm came and took 500 feet off of the end and wrecked most of the rest. It stands today as both a service to the people and a reminder of our past. Come walk down a unique over-the-sea memory lane in beautiful historic Pismo Beach.

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Presented by Still Frothy & Wine, Waves, & Beyond

Today is the 6th Annual Longboard Surf Contest here in Pismo Beach, California.  Wine, Waves, & Beyond is sponsoring the event and it is presented by Still Frothy.  There are $2000 in cash prices sponsored by the City of Pismo Beach.  If you are interested in signing up next year, go to the following page to find the registration form:

Watch the surf competition from our Live surf cam at

Check out some pictures that our web guy Brian from K2 Website Design shot this morning below:



The swell today is building in period and has had an average height of 4 ft.  The period ranged from 17 seconds at 7:06AM and dropped to 10 seconds until just now, at 11:36, where the reported period increased to 22 seconds on the 46215 NOAA buoy.  The winds are expected to shift to SW 10 KT in the afternoon, and the fog has been burning off more and more all morning.  


Other events put on by Wine, Waves, & Beyond included Big Waves on the Big Screen on April 27 at the Historic Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo.  The featured film was Attractive Distractions by Take Shelter Productions.  In addition, the 805 Classic Beach Party exhibits tons of awesome VW bug cars in front of the SeaVenture Beachfront Hotel in Pismo Beach.  There is also a live performance by Resination & Joe Koenig today.  Spectator Judging of the cars will occur between 12 and 2:45pm.

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 Located just south of San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach is one of the many small treasures of California. Conveniently situated just off the 101, Pismo Beach offers many great opportunities to get outside, socialize, and experience the best in Californian culture. Local music, cuisine, Wine, Clams, Beaches, pancakes, and Sculpture, what more can one ask for?

Earlier this month Pismo Beach hosted a series of events in celebration of Easter Weekend. On Saturday a Pancake Breakfast on the corner of Cypress and Addie was followed two Easter Egg hunts in local parks, to the delight of the young ones. On Easter Sunday the Central Coast Baptist Church is sponsoring EASTER on the PIER to round out the weekend. Coming up later in April is the yearly TASTE of PISMO, “the Premier Wine and Culinary Event on the Central Coast.” Sample local cuisine, wines, and beers in an event that attracts hundreds if not thousands of people, and with sold out tickets year after year. The seasonal Farmer’s Market in nearby Avila Beach also started up this month. Make sure to check out the local bands, fresh produce, and the catch of the day all against the magnificent backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Happening every Friday until September, this family-friendly yet event that


Next month make sure to attend the 8th Annual Comedy night at Loriana Ranch. A fundraiser sponsored by the Dignity Health’s Central Coast Hospitals, this will be sure to have you in stitches. Later that month take part in the 6th Annual Pancake Eating Contest. This pig-out isn’t just to experience all the local Pismo Beach pancakes one possibly can; it’s for charity! A benefit for Hospice SLO, come to have your fill, and help those in need. At the end of this month make sure to check out the Chardonnay Symposium. Sample Chardonnays from around the world paired with artisanal sausages, cheeses, and participate in a fascinating discussion and Q&A with industry professionals. Discussion topics include vineyard practices, as well as the relationship between wine and food. Undoubtedly, the greatest wine pairing of this event isn’t just with food, but food for thought. Enhancing one’s mind and palate never was so stimulating.


These are only some of the many diversions and enticements offered by Pismo Beach. Getting to and from places in Pismo Beach isn’t terribly hard, but a good home base would help immeasurably. Dolphin Cove motel is great for this. With a beachfront location that’s conveniently near the center of town, Dolphin Cove motel offers convenience and beauty in one package. At the end of the boardwalk, Dolphin Cove motel is within walking distance of dozens of local restaurants offering a wide variety in cuisine. One can walk to breakfast at Cool Cat Café, feast upon a rack of ribs at Mo’s Smokehouse BBQ for lunch, or a burrito at Sabor a Mexico. At night, one can have a sit-down dinner at the nearby Thai restaurant, sample local Saltwater Taffy and Ice cream nearby, and afterwords enjoy a drink and socialize at Harry’s Night Club and Beach Bar. A trip to Pismo Beach offers some of the best in Californian culture, in an unassuming yet valuable package. Pismo Beach is the best-kept secret on the California coastline, and is waiting to be explored!

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Did you know that the name "Pismo" comes from the language of the Chumash Indians who lived here for thousands of years? It means "tar" and was probably given that ugly name to keep tourists off of the locals' beautiful beaches. However, the secret is out now and so we are doing our best to accommodate everyone who comes here for the fabulous fishing, surfing and other recreational beach activity.
At Dolphin Cove Motel, your room has a clear view of the popular wharf on which locals and tourists alike fish, crab or admire the seabirds that land on the piers. You will have access to a bike and surf rental shop across the parking lot, and, right in the middle of town, you are only a short walk from restaurants where you can eat the same local seafood that has made this area a center for culture for millennia.
The Chumash Indians have a legend that seven hungry boys, once sprinkled in goose down, transformed into geese and flew away to the north. Wherever you are flying from, if you are hungry for adventure and great fresh-caught seafood, this is the place for you.
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