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Pair wine tasting with holiday treats on a tour of San Miguel-area wineries

Lynne Schmitz
Lynne Schmitz

On Dec. 9 the Pleasant Valley Wine Trail presents Holiday on the Trail, offering guests the chance to enjoy holiday treats with wine tasting.

Some locations will also be decorating cookies.

Participating wineries are: Bon Niche, Cinquain Cellars, Graveyard, J&J Cellars, Hartley Farms, Locatelli, Mystic Hills, P.S. Cellars, Riverstar, San Marcos Creek and Tackitt Family.

“Messiah” in Paso

The 2017 New World Baroque Orchestra Holiday Concert featuring excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Road in Paso Robles.

The community choir includes singers from San Miguel, Paso Robles and Atascadero. The concert will also features a handbell choir and solo performances, and the audience will join in singing carols.

It’s a lovely way to start the Christmas season.

Holiday parade

The annual San Miguel Holiday Lights Parade and Craft Faire will take place on Dec. 16.

The Faire opens at 2 p.m. with handmade food and gifts.

There will be a baking contest to award the title of “Best Baker in the County.” Bring baked goods to the station next to the Post Office by 1 p.m. in disposable containers.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. going south on Mission Street to Father Reginald Park, where it turns and comes back. Guest announcer is KSBY meteorologist Dave Hovde.

Following the parade, Santa will greet the youngsters at the Fire Station. There is still time to get your entry in or reserve a booth. Contact Michael Sanders at 805-712-9120 or go visit


Dec. 2: Toys 4 Tots Show and Shine from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. downtown. Entry fee is an unwrapped toy.

Dec. 8: Bingo at San Miguel Seniors at 6 p.m. on east 12th Street.

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Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears here every other week. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.

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