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 on the West side. Watch for a slide show of amazing photos of the view coming up this next week!
The end of our day was filled with a Vineyard Walk at Tablas Creek. The walk was led by Tablas Creek Viticulturalist Levi Glenn. We and about 50 other wine lovers hiked through the vineyard tasting wines as we walked learning about the vineyard and the grapes and then enjoying small bite pairings prepared by Chef Jeff Scott. We watched the sunset by the head-pruned Tannat. This was just a joy. We promise a video in the next week or so to let you enjoy the walk with us vicariously!
The next morning found us up too early again, so we roamed the West Side hills enjoying the views.
We started our day of tasting at Lone Madrone’s new tasting room across from the Adelaida entrance. This is Neil Collins’ winery (the winemaker at Tablas Creek). The renovated barn is beautiful with great art. Inspired by this little bit of Paso Robles 6 degrees of separation we headed to Le Cuvier. Okay, let me double back and explain. When Neil first started in Paso Robles he was working at Adelaida for their winemaker at the time, John Munch. Tablas Creek stole Neil away from Adelaida and then John Munch left Adelaida. He now is the co-owner and winemaker at Le Cuvier.
So after an evening a Tablas Creek, a tasting at Lone Madrone where else could we go but Le Cuvier. They do small pairings with all the wines here. John Munch is an exceptional character and his wines are unique. His flamboyant writing style makes his blog well worth the read! You can look forward to a fascinating blog post on this fascinating man.
Our next stop was Jada on Vineyard Drive where they do cheese pairings with all of their tastings. The hospitality here was exceptional. We were greeted downstairs and guided up to the tasting room and offered a table on the patio. They brought us our cheese and they came around with each wine. This is a young winery, but the staff is knowledgeable and thoughtful and really made this a great experience.
On our last trip we had stopped by Shale Oak and I found that Kevin Riley their consulting winemaker had his own winery called Proulx (pronounced: Pru). We stopped by to find Kevin and his wife Genoa running the tasting room and were able to taste their wines and have a great conversation with them.
This day finished with the Vineyard View BBQ at Halter Ranch. We were early, so we sat and enjoyed a glass of wine on the patio by the tasting room and then headed up for the dinner. The food, the wine and the view were all perfect. To top it off we were seated alphabetically which put us next to the Sass family and we enjoyed the evening chatting with the winemaker, Kevin Sass’ parents, brother and sister-in-law. Good wine and good company…that’s what this is really all about. You can expect some great photos and a blog with more details on this wonderful and relaxing dinner.
Our final day saw us paying homage to the sea, which brings the climate that allows all of these grapes to thrive. We headed out to the coast and drove from Morro Bay to Ragged Point enjoying the views along the way.
So that’s the highlights! Stay tuned for photos, videos and more detailed blog posts!