The universe allowed this mom to head out on an adventure and forget about diapers, tantrums, and nursery rhyme songs. In fact, I was able to find a little piece of Meghan that may have gone missing but is slowly finding her way back, right along side mom and wife.
One of my best friends, Brit, and I ventured out to Paso Robles for the weekend. We left on Friday and returned on Sunday, so it was a quick trip. Just enough to make me dive into my new hobby; wine. I have never been a heavy drinker, I am not one for shots, and on occasion I’ll have a martini. It wasn’t until I was gifted the knowledge of purchasing a bottle Duckhorn wine (specifically Decoy, Pinot Noir, 2013) for our Thanksgiving dinner in 2014 that my love for wine started. I found myself wanting to learn more about wine and go on tastings. Then I realized I lived in the desert and the only winery we have is in Pahrump. So when I got the text to go to Paso Robles, I jumped at the chance.
We had a six-hour drive from Las Vegas, and the views were not that appealing. But at least we were given the time to read about Paso Robles. Brit told me that is was Pinot land, and I was hooked. Pinot Noir is by far my favorite wine. We arrive in the early afternoon and parked downtown. The shops in Paso Robles were adorable, I particularly loved The General Store and Brown Butter Cookies. The General Store had local delicacy’s, homemade jewelry, and gorgeous boutique clothing. I left there with a heap full of homemade taffy from Mehlen Bacher’s Taffy. I’m trying to not eat a lot of sweets and cut down on my sugar intake.. but these babies, I made an exception for. And lastly the Brown Butter Cookies. The store is adorable, the staff was so sweet and helpful, and I may or may not have sampled each flavor. The original cookie I had paired so well with Pinot Noir.
That evening we had three tastings. One was a sparkling wine called Bling. The wine was interesting, I loved the smoothness of the flavors (Brut, Peach, Raspberry, Pomegranate) and ended up trading in my $5 tasting for a $20 bottle of the Peach Flavor. I wasn’t too much of a fan of our next stop. They had a lot of Zin’s, and I’m not a Zinfandel fan. The last stop was Asuncion; they are known for their Pinot Noirs. So I had a flight of three, a 10′, 11′, and a 12′. The 2010 was hands down my favorite, so I bought a bottle of that.
Saturday was a full day of wine tasting. We ended up only making it to four wineries. We choose strategically based on the wine we all like vs. what was closed. We tasted at Chronic, Chateau Margene, Windward Vineyards, and Dunning.
Chronic: They had fun skulls and day of the dead type drawings. They only had one wine that I like, so I didn’t end up buying any wine there.
Chateau Margene: I may join their wine club. The wine was great, even the chardonnay. I do not like white wine, but this was smooth, and I liked it. We had a wine tour here. This place was a small boutique vineyard. It is a father and son team with a couple of additional workers. They hand pick the grapes, they shake and use pressurized oxygen to start the process. And you could tell, the wine, all of it, was amazing. I bought a bottle of wine that was Cab Fran, Cab Sav, and Merlot.
Windward Vineyards: This was a beautiful view, and they only had Pinot Noir. We had a vertical flight with 09′, 10′, 11′, 12′ and 13′. The difference was incredibly different; I wasn’t ready for that. I also was able to charm them into letting me try the 14′ wine right out of the barrel. That was one my favorite but, of course, I didn’t get to buy any since it wasn’t bottled yet.
Dunning Vineyards: This was the most secluded. The location was so remote there was no way you couldn’t just stop and enjoy the views. The wine was good. I bought a bottle of Zinfandel here. Which makes me want to pinch myself because, I don’t like Zinfandel, but this was great.
On Sunday, we went Olive Oil tasting. I couldn’t believe how amazing olive oil tasted. I was sad they didn’t have the flavors that I liked in smaller bottles. So I will wait to get those.
This trip was great. I was able to sleep, have girl talk, and dive a little deeper in the wine world.
Have you been to Paso Robles? Napa? Tell me all about it!! I am already planning a trip back.