Clos Pepe, early morning picking Pinot Noir

I have waxed poetic before on Saarloos & Sons and Enjoy Cupcakes. You can check out the previous blog post http://crushedgrapechronicles.com/foxen-canyon-los-olivos/ if you are so inclined. Today enjoy the video with a little surf inspiration (Keith Saarloos is a surfer). This tasting is from the Thursday of Labor...

We are back from our trip to Santa Barbara County and Paso Robles and I wanted to quickly get the highlights out and give some shout outs to people and places that made this an exceptional trip. [caption id="attachment_5965" align="aligncenter" width="360"] Pierre Lafond Wine Bistro SB[/caption] We...

We gathered in the shade just outside the Tablas Creek tasting room.  You could tell why we were here by our sturdy shoes.  Yes it was almost 100 degrees, but we were wine lovers ready to brave the elements to find out more about this...

[caption id="attachment_5942" align="aligncenter" width="288"] Daou Over-Look[/caption] We spent the weekend in Paso Robles arriving mid-afternoon at DAOU where they were having music out on the patio. The views from this vineyard are incredible. It is 360 degrees of the Paso Robles area from the top of a mountain...

Our trip to Paso this time is a little more focused as we hit the North end of Vineyard Drive and the West end of Adelaida Road.  The big events we are attending are a Tasting through the Vineyard with Neil Collins (winemaker) and Levi...

Day two of our trip will be in Los Olivos.   We are hoping to get some great sunrise shots probably near the Saarloos and Sons vineyards and up into Foxen Canyon to shoot the Vandenberg fog. [caption id="attachment_5888" align="alignleft" width="300"] Saarloos & Sons[/caption] Later we will do...

In 1874 when Edwin Smith moved to Paso Robes the area of Halter Ranch was still known as Las Tablas.  This is the name of the creek that runs through the property and gives it’s name to the Haas/Perrin winery just over the hill. It...

In researching for our trip to Paso, I came across CellarPass.  Cellar Pass provides online reservations for tastings at wineries.  I found Shale Oak through them and scheduled a 10 am tasting. This stunning tasting room is off of 46W on Oakdale road. The winery released...

I know…we were just there in April, but ya know, the wines in this area are really amazing!  We are headed back first to the Funk Zone to visit some more tasting rooms. We have waxed poetic on ABC (Au Bon Climat) and Municipal Winemakers,...