What an amazing wine weekend getaway!
As mentioned in previous posts, living in the heart of Hollywood can be exhausting. I love opportunities to get out of the city to unwind; nothing like getting away with good friends for a wine weekend.
Paso Robles is approximately a three hour drive North of Los Angeles and three hours South of San Jose where my other friend Candice lives. It was the perfect place to meet and explore all the wonderful wineries Paso Robles has to offer.
Never knew there were so many places to go wine tasting – gotta love the state of California for that!
My girlfriend Danielle won a wine tasting tour at Adelaida. Adelaida is a family-owned vineyard that features Rhônes, old vine pinot noir, dry farmed zinfandel, and mountain style cabernet sauvignon. The vineyards expand 168 acres over steep and elevated land that contains chalk rock limestone soils. In addition, the land contains walnut and almond orchards.
We got to experience the Tour, Taste & Tailgate in the Vineyard, which our tour guide named Tony, drove us around the vineyards in a private van. The first stop was a pino vineyard where we got to taste Adelaida’s incredible pino. Tony provided in depth detailed information of all the different vineyards. It was quite fascinating as the grape can be so complex. My two favorite wines were the zinfadel and cabernet. We had another tasting of zinfadel in the zin vineyard and so impressed with the silky smoothness of this wine. We didn’t get to stop at the cabernet vineyards, but Tony pointed them out from the van and a tasting was done later at the facility later.Finally, the best part of the tour was being taken to a breathtaking picnic spot for the tailgate. Here Tony presented fresh bread; tantalizing cheeses; locally grown almonds; mouth-watering dried cranberries; robust Italian olives; and of course, wine.
This is living!
After filling our bellies with absolute goodness, Tony drove us back to the facility where the tour finished off with more wine tasting. Adelaida Cellars is a beautiful facility with spectacular views and personable servers at its tasting room.
We were in heaven after tasting all the wonderful wines. Afraid to taste the cabernet for fear of falling in love and knowing a $80 bottle was not feasible; the inevitable happened. I fell in love! As a result, I didn’t buy a bottle, but settled for a glass to enjoy out on the terrace.
The experience was priceless, yet the fun didn’t stop there.
After all that wine and bit of food tasting, we were ready for dinner. Tony gave restaurant recommendations of some great places in downtown Paso Robles. We asked of other wineries to visit, but since the ones in the countryside were closing, he shared info about four small wineries in one tasting room in town. We moseyed on to the quaint downtown that had a lot of shops, restaurants, and the hidden tasting room called Paso Underground.Paso Underground showcases four small family owned wineries in a unique setting located in the back alley of stores. The four wineries are Turtle Rock, Edmond August, Copia, and dilecta. And lucky us, the owners were present to talk all about their wines.
We chose to do a tasting with Turtle Rock since the owner Claudia had more of the wines we all preferred and snacks to nibble on. The tasting was only $10 each, but then waived since wine was purchased. The zin was the all time favorite here!
The restaurant was a short walk down the street and everything seemed walkable and accessible in the downtown area. We chose to eat at Il Cortile Ristorante that had fine Italian dining. Because this is a very popular restaurant in Paso Robles, be sure to make a reservation before going. We lucked out that there was seating at the bar.
The ambience was warm and inviting and the food absolutely scrumptious.
On the stroll back to the car, we did some window browsing, scored free tickets to a Dave Matthews Band (well Candice did since she lives in San Jose and the concert was in Berkley), and stopped into a local bar to hear a little live music.
After a long day of tasting and feeling marvelous during wine weekend, we headed back to the hotel La Quinta Inn & Suites. If looking for an economical place to stay then I highly recommend this hotel. It has clean rooms and a nice breakfast area with a lot of food options that’s included in the price.We topped the evening off with talking, laughter, and no surprise, more wine.
CHEERS TO OUR WINE WEEKEND!