Passing Through Paso Robles
As a Napa native I’ve found it increasingly hard to stray away from the homeland for a tasting experience. This past weekend however, on a road trip to San Luis Obispo, we finally made time to pass through some central coast wine country! I loved the laid back vibe, the great price points and of course, the WINE! We stopped at 3 recommended wineries, all of which were on the way to our hotel in Avila beach and seemingly close to each other making a day of tasting easier.
A beautiful “modern barn” style tasting room with indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor tasting options. The property is surrounded by a beautiful floral landscape and a walnut orchard (they sample the walnuts, just ask!). We chose the outdoor patio since the heat hadn’t set in yet. They offer a variety of wines but are most known for their Pinot Noir. If buying wine definitely check out their wine club...it ended up being cheaper than if we walked away with the wines we were already planning on purchasing. PLUS they throw fun parties that my boyfriends parents, being local, can attend!
Daou, wow. This winery came highly recommended and it lived up to the hype. With it’s immaculate rolling vineyard views and breezy Mediterranean decor this place is a dream on a hill top. They offer tastings inside at the bar, out on a beautiful patio with lots of seating, or in private rooms. We did a chef tasting menu ($75) which I HIGHLY recommend. The wineries’ chef and sommelier came together to pair Daou wines with each of the Lebanese entree choices, serving a meal of 3 choice entrees with 3 perfectly paired wines plus a welcome rosé. Seriously, if you come here plan lunch. It was only $35 more than the basic tasting!
This wine is the only Paso Robles wine I’ve seen distributed in stores regularly and have drank before coming to the actual property. Being one of the most popular wines to come out of the paso area I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. They were the softest of the day and I thought, the most drinkable. A nice tasting room with a big walk up bar and a cute patio the resembles a southern wrap around porch amongst the vines. Ceiling fans keeps the patio cool.
Tip*: There are no restaurants in this area at all. All of the wineries offered some form of food, mostly charcuterie, cheese and other snacks. Many people recommended we bring a picnic lunch for the day. All 3 wineries allowed picnicking on their property, which is usually not allowed in other wine regions.
Views. For. Days.
Beautiful beaches, like Avila beach, just a short 30 minutes away from central coast wine county!