Friday, October 26, 2012

Paso Robles...A Highway Runs Through It!

Two Different Sides of the Road...Like Night & Day!

Paso Robles has become one of my favorite wine destinations. And why not, it’s like going to two different wine regions right next to each other...and they both have great wine! You see Paso Robles has a highway that runs through the middle and that road divides the area into two totally different wine regions in both look and feel.  

One side of the road is very flat with acres and acres of vineyards. This is the home of some of the region’s largest wine producers. And believe me it is very impressive to drive through vineyard after vineyard!

The other side of the road immediately starts up the side of a small mountain. The wineries on this side are boutique wineries where the vineyards grow on the side of mountains, hills and along curved tree lined roads.

The two distinct areas and types of wineries easily makes Paso Robles a great wine trip, which helps explain why it has quickly become one of California’s hottest and fastest emerging wine regions. But make no mistake, Paso has some great wines and deserves its growing reputation.  

On our last visit we stayed at the Firestone winery on the flat side of the road. (Its now Eos Estate, but it still has a great tasting room and some really nice wine!) Each evening we sat on their patio, drinking wine while grilling dinner! What a great way to end a day!!

One of our favorite stops in Paso is Penman Springs. Located in a small farm house its charm is heightened by the wonderful personality of its owner Beth McCasland! Adding to the wine experience are dips, breads and cheeses. This is a must stop on any trip to Paso!   

Pear Valley is one of my favorite on the flat side of Paso. Its a modern winery with some really nice wine. On the Mountain side of Paso I really like the charm of all the wineries. But if I must pick a favorite, it would be Doce Robles which is in a small quaint farm house.  Both have very nice wines complimented by friendly laid-back staffs.

In fact good wine and laid-back pretty much sums up all of Paso’s wineries!

Located about half way between LA and Oakland, Paso Robles is a little harder to get to than many California regions, but for a cool wine adventure you’ll love it!


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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Magic Kingdom of Wine

Epcot & Wines Around The World!

It’s great fun to take young children to Disney World. Well almost always fun! It can at times be stressful for them and their parents. We took our kids several times, and seeing their faces light up is well worth the effort.

However getting a much needed adult beverage at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom has been impossible unless you’re a member of Club 33. Which brings me to Epcot and Wines Around the World.

Several years ago Gwen, Joe, Gale and I went to the Wonderful world of fun!! And fun it was!! In fact we had more fun as adults than we ever did taking the kids!! I think we only had one melt down!

With Park Hopper Passes we went to a different park each day to ride the rides and see the attractions! And without kids you really do get to see more than you do herding cats…I mean kids! Each afternoon at five we went over to Epcot to have wine at the different countries…Wines Around The World!

The funny thing about Epcot, of the 11 countries represented only two do not have wine! One is Mexico which is unfortunate because they have some nice wine! The other is the US! That’s right the US only has beer! If you want American wine just go to Norway where you’ll find it! Now figure that one out.

We stayed just off the park and rode a Disney bus each day. Since our Kids knew about our Wines Around the World plan they were concerned we would never find our bus after our worldly wine hopping excursions. But being resourceful adults we made signs that asked people to take us to our bus parking spot if they found us wandering around lost! Hey you got to do what you got to do!

So if you really want to see Disney World, go in the spring or fall and leave the kids at home. I promise you’ll have a great time, especially if every afternoon you go to Epcot and experience Wines Around the World!

And if you must take the kids, you’ll need Wines Around the World!


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