Friday, December 2, 2016

paso robles wine trip day one // tablas creek and whalebone

after spending my first day in california at beautiful terranea resort, I was ready to set out for our final weekend destination of paso robles. paso robles is short for el paso de robles 'the pass of the oaks' and is located in san luis obispo county. the city is known for its hot springs, its abundance of wineries, production of olive oil, and almond orchards. it took me quite some time to learn the correct pronunciation, but now I've got it down for sure - paaso de ro-bless. pronounce paso as you would 'el paso, texas' and you'll get it straight!

since it's a four hour drive from palos verdes to paso robles, we started around 10am in order to hit santa barbara for lunch around 12:30. we got a recommendation to eat at brophy brother's on the dock in santa barbara, and that's what we did...

once we arrived in paso robles, we decided to go straight to a couple of wineries because most of them close around 5pm. we figured it would make the most sense to do some wine tasting before checking into our B&B in order to make use of daylight hours! we started at tablas creek.

we both signed up for a tasting of 6 wines for $15. we started with a grenache blanc, which was quite interesting and definitely my first time hearing of the grape. the grenache blanc is from france and was first brought over to the states by tablas creek vineyards in collaboration with their sister winery in france. grenache blanc is a variety of white wine grape that is related to the red grape grenache, it's mostly found in rhône wine blends and in northeast spain.

we also tried a tannat, which I had never tried before either. tannat is a red wine grape, historically grown in south west france and is now one of the most prominent grapes in uruguay, where it is considered the "national grape." we ended up buying a bottle of the 100% tannat because it was different and unique.

after finishing our tasting and grabbing a bottle of the tannat, we headed over to whalebone because we heard they stayed open until 5:30pm and had a dog on site. twist my arm.

much to my surprise, we were greeted by a cat. she came to the parking lot and led us up to the tasting room! once we got inside the tasting room...

we met at least three cats and the bulldog! after the wine that I'd already had at tablas creek, I was definitely loving all the animals and could barely focus on my wine at whalebone.

we ended up buying a bottle of grenache rose and a bottle of rancho deluxe, a blend of 34% estate cabernet sauvignon, 34% syrah, 9% merlot, 9% grenache, 8% petite sirah, 6% zinfandel. before checking into our B&B, we stopped at the grocery store for some bread and cheese for dinner. this was super helpful throughout the weekend, because we brought the cheese and bread with us for lunches during the day in between wine tastings which made for a yummy, affordable, and efficient lunch.

stay tuned for day 2 in paso robles...

1 comment:

  1. Cheese and crackers is the best thing for a wine weekend! And give me all the puppies and kitties, but they're even better when you get to taste wine too! It sounds like you're first day of wine tasting was perfect and I can't wait to read about your second day!