Refortified after a relaxing late night around the fire pit we set off for Epoch Estate Wines. Epoch’s wines are from a combination of Paderewski Vineyard, Catapult Vineyard and York Mountain. The tasting room is on the historic York Mountain Winery property. It’s the love of two geologists – Liz and Bill Armstrong who assembled these vineyards and renovated the York Mountain structures to create … Continue reading Trip to Paso Robles – Day 4
This time of year the hills in California’s Central Coast are extraordinarily beautiful. It’s the vibrant greens before the browns of summer that make it so spectacular to witness. We started off the morning at Thacher Winery and Vineyard. It has a massive 100 year old barn, stable, gardens and orchards. When Sherman Thacher and his wife purchased the property in 2004 the ranch had … Continue reading Trip to Paso Robles – Day 3
Just outside of downtown Paso Robles is an industrial area turned into the home for over forty wineries, distilleries and breweries. Park your vehicle and spend the day here. Some tasting rooms in Tin City accommodate walk-ins. We made reservations for all our tastings. Jacob Toft’s tasting room was our first of the day. They’re a small Central Coast producer sourcing from some of the … Continue reading Trip to Paso Robles – Day 2 – Tin City
Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles, once a Almond growing region has grown into a major wine region. The rolling hills are studded with over 400 wineries with a majority making Rhone varietal wines. Over 4 days we toured the west side of Paso Robles and tasted at 13 wineries. Yes, that’s a big number in 4 days but using some restraint … Continue reading Trip to Paso Robles – Day 1
It’s been over a decade since we visited Paso Robles and we are ready to get reacquainted. Just for fun I’m re-posting our write up from that experience 12 years ago. We won’t be going back to any of the wineries we tried then. The area has grown and with it have the number of winery opportunities! We don’t usually recommend planning this many reservations … Continue reading Returning to Paso Robles…….
This past Saturday was pick up day at Bedrock Wines. It’s a window of a few hours you have to swing by Bedrock’s wine making facility/ warehouse that’s just outside the town of Sonoma. Along with picking up the wine they always offer the opportunity to hang out and taste the new releases with either Morgan Twain-Peterson or Chris Cottrell pouring. This tasting Morgan was … Continue reading Bedrock’s Surprise Release….
Mauritson Winery makes a number of wines under the labels – Mauritson, Rockpile, Charlie Clay and Loam. They are all award-winning, estate grown, exceptional wines Clay Mauritson, owner, and winemaker, Emma Hall are responsible for. This week we participated in tasting the release of Mauritson’s 2019 Loam wines. It was truly a wonderful opportunity to relax in the winery’s library and try these three wines … Continue reading 2019 Release Tasting
We had friends from Florida visiting recently who were interested in tasting Pinot Noir wines, in particular Papapietro Perry. It has been several years since we were there so we were looking forward to a return. Their tasting room is off Dry Creek Road, north of Healdsburg alongside several tasting rooms as well as winemaking facilities. Their tasting room is what I would call “casual … Continue reading Papapietro Perry
Gundlach Bundschu Winery is an institution. It’s been around forever! About 35 miles from San Francisco the winery sits at the southern end of the Sonoma Valley. Referred to by many as “GunBun”, it is one of the oldest wineries in the state. It’s also one of the most diverse for visitors, offering venue experiences unlike any other winery I know – from cave tastings, … Continue reading GunBun!
Sojourn Cellars tasting room is just a block off Sonoma’s Square next to a favorite restaurant – Edge. Situated in an old house, the tasting room is intimate and comfortable. We were there for an afternoon appointment, interested specifically in trying their Pinot Noirs. Jennifer, Sojourn’s Senior Wine Specialist,was our terrific host. We started off with a taste of Sojourn’s newest addition to their wine … Continue reading Just off the Square