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Why: The rolling hills around Paso Robles, once known for cattle, grain and almonds, are all about assiduously pampered grapes now, and the reputation of these vineyards and wineries keeps growing. What: More than 200 wineries dot those hills, so you could spend days tasting . The Paso Robles viticultural area is known for Bordeaux, Rhone and Zinfandel varietals. If you do a weekend, two good tasting-room bets are Halter Ranch Vineyard (20 minutes from downtown with a sleek, spacious tasting room that opened in 2016); and Derby Wine Estates, which opened in 2014 in downtown's historic and long-idle Almond Growers warehouse building (a.k.a. the Farmers' Alliance Building), built in 1922. If history is your bent, you can add a little more to the occasion by bedding down at the Paso Robles Inn (which dates to 1891).