Yvonne and I went wine tasting in Paso Robles on Saturday.
We took a leisurely drive from her home in Salinas to Paso Robles Saturday morning, checked into our hotel, and vegged for a few minutes before stepping into a luxury Escalade with our driver Melanie, whose job it was to squire us around town while we sipped wine.
We never got drunk but I certainly drank my limit in wine.
To note: we stopped first at J. Lohr, my family’s winery. When my parents invested in the winery during the 80s, they put us in a luxury bus and drove us down to tour the winery and estate. They even let my 16 year old sister and I drink wine, so I’ve always had a soft place in my heart for J. Lohr wines.
It was Yvonne’s VERY FIRST TIME wine tasting and she did great: swirl, nose, examine, swirl, nose again, sip, swallow.
The wines were delicious and I waked away with 4 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Then off to Le Vigne, which I found out is pronounces LEUH VEEN YAY.
More delicious wines and we got a cheese pairing there too which was AWESOME!
Eberle next. Their symbol was a great boar which reminded me of this artwork on the playa in 2016.
It was time to enjoy some food, and the outdoor grill at Eberle served up delicious tri tip sandwiches, perfect for absorbing alcohol.
Our fourth stop was Sculpterra, and they had delicious wines along with amazing sculptures and artwork. I adored the mermaid sculpture out front and had a good time checking out all the other artwork there as well as their wines.
Finally, off to Tobin James, which was quite honestly, a little like walking into a rowdy bar in the wild wild west.
Their serving room actually is a historical stagecoach stop and has all the feels and character of a western-style saloon.
I promptly walked in, spotted the old taps, and asked if they served beer.
The woman across the counter rolled her eyes, sized me up, and said, “We serve WINE here.”
Properly put in my place, I could only mutter, “But I saw the taps. . . “
And we were off tasting wine at Tobin James.
We returned to our hotel room and grabbed the essential après-wine tasting activity. . .