Thursday, May 8, 2008

Central Coast Winery Wrapup

That last entry ended up being much longer than I expected. So if you'd like to know the nitty-gritty about where I went, what I bought and anything else of note related to just the wineries, then here you go. Generally, most bottles I bought were under $40.

Santa Ynez area
Where: Sanford
What: '06 La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay
Other: The brand new tasting room is open; gets large crowds on weekends but the weekdays are quiet.

Where: Lafond
What: '05 Syrah/Grenache
Other: Several different types of large format wine were available, which is unusual to find.

Where: Alma Rosa
What: '06 Santa Barbara County Pinot Gris & '06 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Other: Organically grown grapes and an eco-conscious approach to business. All wines are screwcaps.

Where: Tastes of the Valleys
What: '05 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, "Isabelle" & '06 Breggo Cellars Pinot Noir
Other: The staff in the tasting room is wonderful and the wine list is extensive.

Paso Robles area
Where: Justin
What: '06 The Orphan red wine blend
Other: Beautiful grounds and a large tasting room. The "Isosceles" wine, which is biggest seller, is not on the tasting menu however.

Where: Tablas Creek
What: '05 Mourvedre
Other: French-style wines made in CA. In addition to the Mourvedre, the Esprit de Beaucastle wines were also fantastic. Free bottled water available. Tasting fee waived with a purchase.

Where: Opolo
What: '05 Viognier & '05 Tempranillo
Other: Fun, friendly laid back atmosphere and staff. They also served the best snacks. No tasting fee.

Where: Clautiere
What: '04 Port
Other: Reported to be the most fun winery and looks like it could be, but the staff sucked.

Where: Tobin James Cellars
What: '05 Syrah "Rock-n-Roll" & Sparkling "Dream Weaver" wine
Other: Lively atmosphere. If you ask, you can get tastes of wines that are not on the tasting menu. No tasting fee.

1 comment:

dapotato said...

this and the entry before may prove very handy to me in a few months. thank you.

and cupcakes are yummier than being healthy. ;)