Whenever my batteries need recharging, I head to the California coast. The breathtaking sunsets as that enormous ball of fire descends into the ocean inspire me in a way nothing else does. We just returned from the most incredible visit to the Paso Robles wine region complete with days that came to a close as the sun dropped from sight over the glistening silver water.
This region is drop dead gorgeous – giant rolling hills, centuries-old oak trees lining winding country roads, majestic views beyond belief.
And yes, the wines were pretty spectacular. Cabernets are big in the region but the rising stars are the Rhone varietals. Producers like L’Aventure, Tablas Creek, Denner and Justin are among the highlights of this trip.
The Daou wines are also worthy of your attention. Their Cabernet is full of juicy dark fruit and spice, and the vista from their tasting room is spectacular—you can see for miles!
We’re planning a return trip soon with our video cameras in tow! There are so many things to show you including some great food finds! We fell in love with a little fish market and dining spot in Templeton called Pier 46. On our last night we actually dined on fresh shucked oysters on our patio. The kindest man at Pier 46, Robert, took the time to shuck them and pack them in a way that we could get them back to the coast (only 30 mins away) in time to enjoy for sunset….with a bottle of sparkling rosé to go with!