Monday, August 30, 2010

#2: Paso Robles

After a few days in Big Sur, we headed back to civilization (ie a place with cell phone service). We had been told about Paso Robles by some local Californians, promoting it as a smaller, less tourist-filled wine country. And it sure was! It is a picturesque town surrounded by hundreds of wineries and vineyards.
Neither Matt nor I had ever been on a wine tour and it didn't occur to us until the day before to organize anything. I would have been embarrassed to say that we went on the Grape Line Vineyard Tour, but it ended up being great. We were afraid that it would be very commercial and that the sommeliers would groan when they saw our large tour group coming. But we were pleasantly surprised to find that there was only two other people on the tour, Myrna and Jeff. A nice couple who were great company for the day.

Our tour guide, Fritz, was friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. He took us to four different vineyards: Adelaida, Justin, Tolo and Rotta. Each was very nice but Adelaida and Tello were our favorites as they were smaller, with staff that clearly took great pride in their work.

We also had a picnic lunch.

And pulled over to pick apples and pears.
Few things on earth are better than an apple right off the tree. Although a good glass of wine is right up there.

Song of the Day
Today's song is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' Home. I'm thinking of changing the name of this blog to Positively Anna and the Magnetic Zeros.

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