Pozole – Warming You Up This Winter

Pozole, the traditional corn soup, or stew, from Mexico, is a great way to ward off the chill of winter.

Alma Ayon, proprietress and chef at Sundance Bed and Breakfast in Paso Robles, enjoys a break from gourmet cuisine once in a while. During the cold fall and winter months, she looks to a traditional family favorite, pozole, to take the chill off a day in the vineyard. Who can deny the comforting feeling of putting together a soup or stew and letting all the spicy aromas fill the house?

So put the pork up to cook, and use the time to binge watch your favorite TV series, read a book, or……  And don’t forget the wine. Alma suggests pairing this dish with CASS viognier.


Serves 8-10


Pozole with Cass Viognier



Pork and Broth:

3 lbs. boneless pork butt, cut in 2½ inch chunks

14 cups water

½ onion

1 bay leaf

3 25 oz. Cans Mexican Style Hominy (rinsed)

Kosher Salt or Knorr Chicken Bouillon

Red Sauce:

5 Ancho chiles, stems and seeds removed

5 Guajillo chiles, stems and seeds removed

½ onion

5 garlic gloves

4 cups water


Finely shredded cabbage

Thinly sliced radish

Dry oregano (Mexican)

Limes (quartered)

Cilantro sprigs


Place the pork, ½ onion, bay leaf, salt, in a large pot and cover with 14 cups of water. The pork should be completely covered by about 4 inches of water. When the water comes to a boil, skim the surface and cook covered over medium heat for 2 ½ hours. Skim a few times during cooking process.

In a separate medium pot, cook chiles, onion and garlic for approximately 20 minutes. In a blender (Vitamix) purée the chiles with the water, onion and garlic. Strain and add to the pork. Add the hominy and cook everything together in low heat for an additional 20 minutes. Pork should be falling apart tender.

Adjust salt — most abuelitas, grandmothers, prefer to season soups with Knorr Chicken Bouillon, instead of salt, for a more flavorful broth.

Note: Pozole is a soup. Add chicken broth to the pot is the liquid level is low and adjust salt as needed.


Serve in deep bowls and garnish with shredded cabbage, radish, cilantro and a pinch of crumbled oregano. And don’t forget to squeeze some lime juice!  Serves 8-10

Pozole - Back Roads Wineries


Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast Finishes Renovations

Carriage Vineyards B&B, one of the many wonderful lodging options located in the Back Roads area of Paso Robles wine country,  is delighted to announce the completion of  renovations.

In the last year, Carriage Vineyards B&B  has completed renovations on all four suites as well as many improvements to the common areas.

Carriage House B&B room Paso Robles California


Owner, Larry, Smyth, marvels at how fast 13 years have gone by since opening the B&B, in which time they have hosted 6000 guests! Their Grape Ed 101 vineyard tours and the Carriage rides are very popular and offer a unique wine country experience.  Guests are pleasantly surprised when they come upon the Carriage museum while strolling the vineyards.

For details on a wine country getaway at Carriage Vineyards B&B,  visit their website and request the Winter Special – 3 nights for the price of two through March 15, 2015.

Sculpterra Vineyards and Carriage Vineyards B&B create the perfect spring or summer wine country menu.


Sundance B & B – New to the Back Roads of Paso Robles

The Back Roads of Paso Robles has many wonderful bed and breakfasts to choose from and we are happy to welcome our newest member, Sundance B & B.

Sundance B & B owners Alma and Neil are gracious hosts and offer travelers a wonderful wine country stay in their Tuscan-style villa. We invite you to read a recent blog post about Sundance B & B here.

Sundance B & B - Paso Robles, California

For a complete listing of our member Bed and Breakfasts, please click here.