It's been way too long since my last post. And no, I haven't given up Wine or Paso! I attended the Paso Garigiste Grand Tasting a few weeks ago.....which was in a word: AMAZING! FUN! EXCITING! EXHILLERATING! (OK...4 words). Please follow the link below for my recap in the Paso Robles Daily News. So many of my good wine friends pouring, so many new wineries met....and as they say, so much (fine) wine, so little time!
So...into the car we went, up to the Santa Ynez Valley...and Los Olivos for some....what else...wine tasting! A pleasant and easy 1-3/4 hour drive. And there we were! It's been awhile since I've been to Los Olivos. The little town now thrives with about 50 tasting rooms! Amazing the variety that is there. A little tasting, a little lunch, a little more tasting....and an easy drive home....in time for dinner.
Whereas we tasted at 6 different tasting rooms.....two stood out as exceptional!
STOLPMAN Vineyards, with a wonderful lineup, but their (IMO) standout was their 2011 L'avion 100% Sanya Ynez Valley Roussanne. This is just an amazing wine. Smooth, supple, a wonderful mouth feel, honey, and just overall YUMMY! Can't wait to open it with some very special people.....soon. I had tasted STOLPMAN about 6 months ago at the Lompoc Ghetto.....and glad to get reacquainted!
Being walked through a tasting by Emily, their TR manager, just adds to the experience. Full of personality, passion and enthusiasm and knowledge about everything Larner, you know the moment she greets you in the small, intimate tasting room, that you are in for a special treat! And it was! Thank you Emily!
Such a great day, making new wine friends and stepping a little out of our normal comfort zone. We will definitely start finding time to spend up in the Santa Ynez Valley, sampling the plethora of wines from soooo many excellent, small production wineries. It's kind of nice that all you have to do is park your car and start walking. SO many wines, so little time, but more time to look forward to in "the Valley."
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Until the NEXT wine time!
Please click below to view some of my past articles in the SLO Visitor's Guide.