2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” Returns to Solvang…

2nd Annual “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure” Returns to Solvang…

As far as wine festivals go, there's nothing quite like the annual Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles.  For the last 3 years, super small lot winemakers have descended upon Paso Robles to share the fruits of their labor with crowds of excited wine lovers. These festivals provide a rare opportunity for wine enthusiasts to taste [...]

Law Estate Wines | Paso Robles, CA

Law Estate Wines | Paso Robles, CA

During my last visit to Paso Robles, I had the honor of visiting the soon-to-be-open Law Estate Winery.  From the modern, architecturally stunning winery & tasting room to the impeccably crafted wines, I was blown away by the experience. Perched high above Peachy Canyon Road on the westside of Paso Robles, the Law Estate Winery [...]

3rd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

3rd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

Last weekend, some of the finest winemaking talent around gathered in Paso Robles to celebrate the 3rd annual Garagiste Festival. Dedicated solely to showcasing small production wines handcrafted by talented and uber-creative artisan wine makers, the annual Paso Robles Garagiste Festival has become my favorite wine event hands-down.  Needless to say, I couldn't wait to [...]

Paraiso Vineyards | Monterey County, CA

Paraiso Vineyards | Monterey County, CA

There is something magical about the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County, CA.  Whether it's the cloudless blue skies, the cool breezes that float through the Salinas Valley or the sweeping views from the hillside vineyards, there's something truly intoxicating about the area. During my last visit, I spent an afternoon at Paraiso Vineyards.  Paraiso [...]

De Tierra Vineyards | Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

De Tierra Vineyards | Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Carmel-By-The-Sea is by far one of my favorite places in California. During a recent visit, I had the opportunity to visit a few of the many tasting rooms located right in town. With over 13 tasting rooms within walking distance from one another, it's easy to leave your car behind and spend a day strolling [...]

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

Exploring the Lompoc Wine Ghetto – Part 1

I've known about the Lompoc Wine Ghetto for ages, but for some reason, I never had a strong desire to visit. I had a preconceived notion that it was an easy access, multiple tasting room destination that catered to those who prefer quantity over quality. After visiting for the first time this weekend, I could [...]

Dog Friendly Wineries in Paso Robles – Part 2

Dog Friendly Wineries in Paso Robles – Part 2

In my ongoing quest to have our dog with us on most - if not all - of our wine tasting adventures, I've uncovered more incredible, dog-friendly wineries in Paso Robles. As a rule of thumb when tasting with dogs, always bring a leash, make sure the dogs remain well-behaved, and remember to be respectful [...]

Terry Hoage Vineyards | Paso Robles, CA

Terry Hoage Vineyards | Paso Robles, CA

Tucked away on an idyllic parcel of land on the Westside of Paso Robles lies the Terry Hoage Vineyards and tasting room. In the rustic winery perched right across the small parking lot from his home, Terry Hoage and his wife Jennifer are hand-crafting some of the finest wines to come out of Paso Robles. [...]

Sparkling Wines for the New Year – Vertuze & Louis Bouillot Sparkling Rosé

Sparkling Wines for the New Year – Vertuze & Louis Bouillot Sparkling Rosé

 With all the celebrating that goes on at this time of year, I find myself enjoying a lot more sparkling wine and champagne than I usually do. Since I have less time to travel to wine country over the holidays, I've been exploring the world of sparkling wine at home with friends and family. I [...]

2nd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

2nd Annual Garagiste Festival – Paso Robles

By definition, the term "garagistes" refers to a group of innovative, renegade wine makers from the Bordeaux region who refuse to follow the strict French rules and instead, produce "Vins de garage" or "Garage wine". For the second year in a row, Paso Robles has celebrated the spirit of the garagiste movement by holding a [...]