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Discover California’s Central Coast with Robert Mondavi Private Selection + Giveaway

 Summer is my favorite season. I yearn all year for beach days, road trips, good food, and great wine! My friends at Robert Mondavi are spending their summer on a virtual tour of California’s Central Coast! I have a few family members who live in California. I’ve never made it to the Central Coast and hope to visit their one day. The photos look breath taking… take a look at the photo below that I found on the Robert Mondavi Facebook page. Doesn’t this look breath taking?

Robert Mondavi Central Coast

Photo from Robert Mondavi Private Selection Facebook Page

Robert Mondavi Private Selection is kicking off summer by taking consumers on a virtual tour of California’s Central Coast.  Breaking the perception that great American wine only comes from Napa Valley, wine industry leader Robert Mondavi Private Selection puts the California Central Coast appellation on the map.  Spanning from Santa Cruz County to the Santa Barbara County, the appellation represents a region which Private Selection is proud to source their grapes from.

Through the use of social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube, Robert Mondavi Private Selection will discover and share hidden gems of the Central Coast, showcasing the ‘best of’ landmarks ranging from Hearst Castle, to cafes and diners, bed & breakfasts, antique shops, vintage clothing stores, and other favorites most commonly known only to locals.  These ‘locals-only’ hideouts are pure and true to California’s Central Coast culture as is Private Selection.  Robert Mondavi Private Selection sources 100% of their grapes from the region’s growers – a characteristic unique to the brand and one which sets it apart from super premium category competitors.

The allure of the California coast was obvious to Robert Mondavi who believed that wine can enhance any meal and be enjoyed by everyone.  The Central Coast region holds tremendous varietal quality and versatility that could be used by Mr. Mondavi as a winemaker.  The result: high quality, affordable fine wine born of the best of California’s diverse growing regions.  The digital tour stops at some of the least expected businesses and locations further proving that high quality food, wine, and fun doesn’t have to come at a high price.

Launching at a time when gas prices might deter folks from taking their annual summer vacations, an event that two thirds of Americans generally take, the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Central Coast tour kicks off north of Santa Cruz and heads south through Monterey Bay and San Luis Obispo.  The tour wraps up in late August in the Santa Barbara County.

Food and wine enthusiasts are encouraged to check the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Facebook page daily for updates including recipes, interesting Central Coast information, and educational messaging about the winemaking and tasting process.  Readers should also stay tuned to Pinterest for contest opportunities.

About Robert Mondavi Private Selection

Robert Mondavi’s visionary pursuit of great California wines led him to the Central Coast in the 1990s because he believed that great wines begin in the vineyard. The unique geography and fascinating history of the region reveal a character as distinctive as the wines it produces.

He transformed wine culture in the U.S. by creating Robert Mondavi Private Selection as quality wines of affordable elegance. With appeal to the novice and enthusiast alike, Robert Mondavi Private Selection offers a history of success and excellence across all varietals. For more about Robert Mondavi Private Selection, including history of Robert Mondavi and information about the vineyards and winemaking, please visit

Now for the giveaway… the fine folks at Robert Mondavi Private Selection are offering a gift pack (valued at $100) so that one lucky reader could have their own mini-road trip up the Central Coast (or comparable trip in their own area)! You can expect to find all the items below wrapped up in a Robert Mondavi Private Selection tote bag:

  • $25 gas card
  • $10 Starbucks card (for coffee along the way)
  • $15 iTunes card (for that perfect album)
  • Neck pillow (everyone needs to be comfortable in the car)
  • Disposable camera (old school! to capture the moments)
  • The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes Cookbook by Ted Allen
  • cooking apron
  • aluminum water bottle (perfect for wine to-go)
  • wine opener
  • cork pen

Please note that Robert Mondavi Private Selection does not promote drinking and driving.  People are encouraged to drink responsibly.

To enter please follow the prompts via Rafflecopter.

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Disclaimer: I received one Robert Mondavi Private Selection tote bag prize pack and was given the opportunity to giveaway one Robert Mondavi Private Selection tote bag prize pack to one lucky reader. I was not compensated to write this post. All opinions are always my own!



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28 Responses to “Discover California’s Central Coast with Robert Mondavi Private Selection + Giveaway”

  1. Edie Sohigian posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:11 am (#)

    This is such an awesome giveaway. This is wine I purchase on a regular basis. The rest would be an added bonus. I love this blog! I would road trip to Massachusetts to visit family!

  2. Jenny posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:40 am (#)

    I would love to just travel from coast to coast and stop to sight see along the way. 🙂

  3. danielle posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:03 am (#)

    Great giveaway! I would roadtrip it back home to NY for a visit.

  4. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:34 am (#)

    I would love to road trip up the eastern coast to Maine for some lobster!

  5. Jen L posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am (#)

    Would love to do a cross-country road trip going wherever the urge takes us

  6. Patricia posted on July 23, 2012 at 9:59 am (#)

    I would drive up the California coast – beautiful space and would love to show my daughter!

  7. Meli (Blush + Jelly) posted on July 23, 2012 at 10:01 am (#)

    What a fun giveaway! I am planning on a little Florida road trip this summer. 🙂

  8. LaTanya posted on July 23, 2012 at 10:36 am (#)

    San Diego, California

  9. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on July 23, 2012 at 11:01 am (#)

    I would take a road trip to either coast to take a swim in the ocean!

  10. Sarah posted on July 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm (#)

    A gas card, Starbucks, and music? Sign me up! I’d hit up the Keys for a weekend 🙂

  11. Jackie @ MomJovi posted on July 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm (#)

    I LOVE this giveaway! If I could take a road trip anywhere it would be to the Santa Barbara wine country! My husband I got engaged in Napa and spent about a week exploring the Napa/Sonoma area, but I’ve never spent much time along the California coast, particularly the Santa Barbara area where I hear the vineyards are even more stunning.

  12. MaryB posted on July 23, 2012 at 2:37 pm (#)

    I would travel across the US. I live in the Pacific NW and I’d love to travel to the NE and SE coming home through the SW. Fun! what a great giveaway.

  13. Deirdre posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm (#)

    I would love to explore the western coastline, as I’ve lived on the Northeast coast for most of my life. Thanks for the opportunity to win. XO

  14. Kiran @ posted on July 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm (#)

    What a fun giveaway!!

    The husband and I love roadtrips and we often take it whenever time permits. Due to the nature of our jobs, we don’t really get enough time to plan. Our bags are usually packed, ready to go whenever possible.

    We love visiting West Coast recently and hoping to visit places like Niagara falls soon 🙂

  15. Troy posted on July 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm (#)

    I’d love to drive from Paris to Istanbul. Imagine what you would see along the way as Europe gives way to the enchantment of the silk road.

  16. Kim B. posted on July 24, 2012 at 12:45 am (#)

    To New York city!! Although it would be a LONG one 🙂

  17. Ashley Bee posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:58 am (#)

    If I win this, I’ll take it as a sign that I need to get back to Cali 🙂 I would LOVE to do this road trip!

  18. D. McKinney posted on July 24, 2012 at 4:07 pm (#)

    I would love to win this. I am desperately in need of a road trip and this would start it of right.

  19. steph posted on July 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm (#)

    to san diego, ca!

  20. Genevieve posted on July 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm (#)

    I would love to take a West Coast trip from Seattle to San Diego.

  21. Meghan Finley posted on July 26, 2012 at 12:31 am (#)

    I’d go to prince edward island

  22. susitravl posted on July 26, 2012 at 10:53 am (#)

    I would love to take a road trip to Santa Fe!

  23. Erica Best posted on July 27, 2012 at 1:14 am (#)

    i would go to disneyland

  24. gail posted on July 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm (#)


  25. Shaina posted on July 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm (#)

    I would travel to Greece. it looks like such a beautiful place…and i loveeee Greek food!

  26. *°•ƸӜƷ Louis ƸӜƷ•°* posted on July 30, 2012 at 2:49 am (#)

    all along route 66
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  27. Laura Jacobson posted on July 31, 2012 at 9:55 pm (#)

    I would love to drive down the East coast!

  28. Jeremy posted on August 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm (#)

    South Korea~

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