Getting Out More – My Paso Backyard
I need to get out more. That is one of my resolutions this year, to get out in to my own backyard. I live in North County, work in South County. Lucky duck one might say. Yes, it is true. I like to call it best of both worlds, as I make the daily drive through our beautiful county. However, spending my working time on the South side of the grade leaves me little time for exploration on my backyard side.
So, when I do get the chance, I get excited! And though every time of the year is wonderful to explore, I have to say spring is magnificent. Oh, and too, it is Zinfest Weekend. Perfect.
Lucky enough to have one of my other dear planner friends organize a wine tasting getaway, it was a simple commitment to make. A picnic basket overflowed with cheese, charcuterie, tapenades, olive oils and breads ready to satiate our appetites and quite possibly soak up some of the wine we had ahead of us.
And we were off! Our first stop, Brecon.The former home of Norman Vineyards, but with a complete re-vamp was having their grand opening that day. Chatting with one of the lovely Australian owners she took us through a tasting of their award winning small batch premiums wines. We awed over the lines of architecture and the fabulously textured pressed dirt wall, similar to what you would find “down under”.
Next, Lone Madrone in their new location. Sunny picnic tables beckoned our spread and welcomed us with sprawling views of the vineyards, oaks and rolling hills beyond. A fun roll up window allowed one to pull up a bar stool or stand up for tasting at the refurbished horse barn now turned tasting room. Bristols Cider on tap and super unique wines, a few bottles of the 2013 La Mezcla a lavish blend of Albarino and Grenache Blanc were purchased for our picnic, and of course one to go!
Last, but certainly not least, Re:Find. Oh my. Have you been to this place? Housed at Villacana Winery on Adelaida Road handcrafted spirits derived from grapes add to the diversity of what you can find in Paso Robles Wine Country. My favorite, the Botanical Gin with notes of juniper berry, coriander, lemon and orange peel is just calling for an icy martini glass. Then there is the limoncello, you don’t see it on their website and they were currently out at my visit so I couldn’t purchase a bottle to take with me, but my taste buds were enlightened by the not too sweet, not too tart, fresh as sunshine lemon nectar. Definitely something that will bring me back sooner, rather than later.
So it pays to get out. Re-connect, with friends, and this place I call home. There is so much to explore, but until next time… I can’t wait for the next romp in my own backyard.