Morro Bay / Rotta Winery Club Run – August 25, 2012

August and the Morro Bay / Paso Robles Run is almost here again.  This annual event was made extra special last year when the group made a stop at the Rotta Winery for a most enjoyable and relaxing lunch. As usual, the MidCal group began the morning Run by heading over toward the coast to enjoy the twisties on Highway 46 on the way to Morro Bay. But rather than going all of the way to the coast, the MINIs stopped at the Rotta Winery in Templeton, California.  The run was such a hit, not only is the group doing it again this year, but it is hoped to make this an annual event.

Club member Jon Brothers set up this great event last year and is once again coordininating logistics for this year.  Early RSVPs are required due to the comprehensive luncheon menu being offered.  Your RSVP’s and your luncheon payment must be received no later than the the July 21st Club Meeting.  RSVP’s will only be accepted by sending an email to   If you are not able to attend the July 21st meeting, besure to send an early email to arrange for an alternative payment method.  The event payment not only includes lunch, but also includes participation in the winery tour and wine tasting with no additional fee.

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, features a Winery Tour, wine tasting and a lunch for all participants. After a great afternoon at the winery, participants may either head back home or continue on to Morro Bay or other coastal communities to spend 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.

When:  August 25, 2012
Meet at:  Starbucks at 41 and Shaw between 7:30 and 7:45 am
Departure time:  Leaving at 8:00 am Promptly
Winery Arrival:  Approximately 11:00 am


 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.

RSVP by sending an email to and do so no later than July 19th.  You must confirm for each person attending along with the appropriate Lunch number for each person.  Luncheon payment for each must be made no later than the July 21st Club meeting.  Cancellations will be accepted up to two weeks prior to the Run, but no later than August 11th.  If you do not cancel your RSVP prior to August 11th but do not make the Run, you will  be responsible for the price of the meal and will receive no refund.

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 sending an email to Be sure to indicate the number of people that will be attending this great event and the meal number – #1 through #6 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.



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