Morro Bay / Paso Robles Run via Rotta Winery – August 25, 2012

Last year, MidCal MINIs took one of its favorite runs to Morro Bay / Paso Robles and made it extra special. As usual, the group headed over to the coast to enjoy the twisties on Highway 46 as they made their way to Morro Bay.  But rather than going all of the way to the coast to enjoy a great meal and then head back home, the group decided to spice it up a bit and enjoyed lunch and the afternoon at Rotta Winery.

Rotta Winery, in Templeton California, is located west of Hwy 101 just south of Hwy 46, at 250 Winery Road.  The winery, owned by Mike Guibbini, featured and included a Winery Tour, wine tasting and a catered box lunch for all participants. An added feature was a live band warming up for the evening wedding of Mike’s niece. After a great afternoon, a few of the MINIs headed over to Morro Bay for the night and to take in some local color and events.

Rotta Winery, founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Mike Giubbini, grandson to the Rotta Family and Mark Caporale of Napa, have combined their talents to “bring back to life” the historic and rustic winery. Today, Rotta Winery, just as in days of old, specializes in premium red and white wines along with flavorful and distinct dessert wines.

A repeat of this great Run is tenatively planned for August 25th.  Lunch options are a bit different this year and consist of the following:

Lunch #1. Herb-crusted, Black Monukka infused, roast chicken breast, green salad, bread and dessert.

Lunch #2. Herb-crusted, baked pasta in a light cheese sauce, green salad, bread and dessert.

Lunch #3. Southwest chicken salad w/ a yogurt, chile pepper vinaigrette, bread and dessert.

Lunch #4. Meatball sandwich: A soft roll with  Italian style stuffed meatballs, a little red sauce for dipping and cheese. Served with a green salad and dessert.

Lunch #5. Oven Roasted Turkey Breast in a soft roll stuffed w/ lightly dressed greens, feta cheese, avocado, thin slice red onion, cucumber, tomato, pickles & banana  peppers. Black Bean Salad & dessert.

Lunch #6. Vegetable: A soft roll stuffed with lightly dressed greens, feta cheese, avocado, thin slice red onion, cucumber, tomato, pickles and banana peppers. Black Bean Salad and dessert.

***Green salads come with a creamy, Rotta Red Wine Vinaigrette and local fresh harvest vegetables.

***Desserts depend upon local harvest either Strawberry Shortcake, Meyers Lemon or Key Lime pie.

Lunch 1-4 cost $20.00 per person.

Lunch 5 & 6 cost $15.00 per person.

You simply do not want to miss this Run, and if you decide to spend the weekend in the area, nearby sites include Hearst Castle at San Simeon, Cambria home to art and antiques, Paso Robles and its many winerys, and Cayucos. 

Mark your calendar and RSVP ASAP by going to the Club Calendar tab and click on August 25th.  Enter the number of people that will be attending this great event and the meal number – #1 through #6 in the comments box for each person participating in this great event.  

Why spend a hot weekend in August in Fresno when you can be relaxing in the cool ocean breezes?  The evening garden tour at Heart Castle, watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean amongst the columns of the Neptune pool is quite a treat.

So treat yourself and join the MidCal MINIs as we head to the Central Coast of California.  Watch for more details to come!




  1. Firebro17 says:

    Great post!!! Hopefully our interested members will enjoy the same fun times as we did last year. Jon.

  2. I would really be interested in joining this little excursion, I just bought an ’08 clubman and really love it!

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