Per Cazo Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

Per Cazo Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

During my last visit to Paso Robles, I had one of my most unique wine tasting experiences to date. While researching wineries in the area to check out, I came across a review on Per Cazo Cellars. This person had great things to say about it and I really knew nothing about the place so [...]

Alta Colina Estate Vineyard | Paso Robles, CA

Alta Colina Estate Vineyard | Paso Robles, CA

My recent visit to Alta Colina Estate Vineyard reminded me once again of why I love Paso Robles so much. The area has been the center of attention recently in the wine world. This is largely due to the fact that Saxum Vineyards' 2007 James Berry Vineyard just earned the #1 spot on the Wine [...]

Carhartt Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Carhartt Vineyard & Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Along Grand Avenue in the quaint little town of Los Olivos, CA, there are enough tasting rooms to easily fill an entire weekend. On a recent trip to the area, I decided to stop in town and try the wines of Carhartt Vineyard. Grand Avenue is lined with tasting room after tasting room, each representing [...]

Inglenook (formerly Rubicon Estate) | Napa Valley

Inglenook (formerly Rubicon Estate) | Napa Valley

I have to admit that while I was interested in trying the wines of Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, it wasn't exactly at the top of my list. I assumed that a winery owned by 5 time Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola and his family would likely be "Hollywood". I anticipated it would be a [...]

Woodinville, WA Wine Country

Woodinville, WA Wine Country

Last weekend, we left sunny southern California and headed up to Seattle to explore the wine country in Woodinville, Washington. Woodinville is an easy 30 minute drive from downtown Seattle along lush forests and over long, floating bridges. I had never been outside the city and was blown away by how beautiful the area was. [...]

Demetria Estate Winery | Los Olivos, CA

Demetria Estate Winery | Los Olivos, CA

When we arrived at the Demetria Estate Winery, I was convinced we were no longer in California. This gorgeous winery transported me to a villa in Tuscany with sweeping views of the vine-covered hills and an outdoor tasting area where visitors are encouraged to linger, sip wine, and soak up the beautiful scenery. Demetria Estate [...]

Brian Benson Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

Brian Benson Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

Often it's the people you meet on wine trips that you remember just as much as the wine. This was certainly the case with Brian Benson Cellars. Since second generation winemaker Brian Benson is the only employee at his winery, there is a very good chance he'll be the one pouring for you at his [...]

Chronic Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

Chronic Cellars | Paso Robles, CA

My first experience with Chronic Cellars happened many miles from the sprawling vineyards of Paso Robles. We were up in Mammoth Mountain enjoying a tasty apres snowboarding dinner at a restaurant called Petras Wine Bar & Bistro. I noticed a white wine on the menu called La Muneca (meaning "the doll") from Chronic Cellars that [...]

Booker Vineyard | Paso Robles, CA

Booker Vineyard | Paso Robles, CA

On a recent trip to Paso Robles, I finally got to try the wines of Booker Vineyard. I've been reading reviews on Booker for years and couldn't wait to taste the wines myself. Booker produces very limited quantities of their wines, which are known to sell out fast. Very fast. In fact, the only way [...]

A trip down the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail…Solo.

A trip down the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail…Solo.

I've never planned a wine tasting trip alone, but today seemed like the perfect day to try it. I woke up early and headed up towards Santa Maria, CA - a relatively quick and easy 2 hour drive north of Los Angeles. My first stop was the little Danish town of Solvang for some coffee, [...]