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Look at that gorgeous black walnut counter.

Paso Robles Wine Tour: Turley Wine Cellars

By     |    Mar 7, 2012
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The third stop on our small-scale wine tour of the Paso Robles region was Turley Wine Cellars, our first west side winery. We went to Turley because of the blurb from the Paso Robles Wine Country Guide: “A wide selection of Old Vine Zinfandels ranging in price from $10-$40 per bottle.” SOLD! Paul recognized the surname, but this is Larry Turley’s winery. He’s the brother of the more-famous Helen Turley. Her […]

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Tasting at Wild Horse.

Paso Robles Wine Tour: Wild Horse Winery

By     |    Mar 6, 2012
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The second stop on our small-scale wine tour of the Paso Robles region was Wild Horse Winery. Founded in 1981, Wild Horse was just the seventh winery established in the Paso region (read more about Paso Robles) — this was even before the region was officially designated as an AVA. Wild Horse is located to the east of the 101, like J. Lohr. They source from a wide range of vineyards […]

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Tasting the Cab Sauv at J. Lohr.

Paso Robles Wine Tour: J. Lohr Vineyards

By     |    Mar 5, 2012
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Our first stop on our small-scale wine tour of the Paso Robles region was J. Lohr Vineyards. We were already familiar with J. Lohr wines — they’re always a good, moderately-priced option at restaurants and supermarkets — and we wanted to see where these wines came from. The J. Lohr tasting room and winery are located to the east of the 101 (read more about Paso Robles), but their grapes […]

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The official winery map.

Paso Robles, You’ve Stolen My Zinfandel-Loving Heart.

By     |    Mar 5, 2012
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Zinfandel (red, not white, as I’ve told many a server) is one of my very favorite wines. Zin is the extrovert of the wine varietals. It doesn’t hold anything back — it’s right there, in your face, giving you everything it’s got. As an introvert, I’m always drawn to the extroverts. I want to be bold too, and I love things (and people) that aren’t afraid to be over the […]

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Heading into Paso Robles Wine Country – Any Recommendations?

By     |    Feb 21, 2012
Posted in: California, Wine     |    2 Comments

Today we’re headed into Big Sur after making our way north from San Diego. We’re pretty excited for the change of scenery and the prospect of some hot springs. After that, we’re heading into Paso Robles and looking forward to checking out the area and sampling some wine. Maybe we’ll even find some $5 bottles. Who knows? So far we’ve been pointed towards Peach Canyon, Adelaida, Daou, and J. Lohr (champ […]

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It looks like a real winery...

Lessons from Temecula

By     |    Jan 24, 2012
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In Temecula, we learned the difference between a winery and a tasting room. Temecula is filled with tasting rooms, but we couldn’t find a single winery even though people were making wine everywhere. Let me explain. Temecula is one of California’s B-list wine regions. It’s not Napa or Sonoma or Paso Robles … it’s Temecula (pronounced like Dracula). It’s filled with too-nice tasting rooms and too-expensive wine, but it seems […]

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The contenders.

The $5 California Wine Challenge

By     |    Jan 19, 2012
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Our friend, Ellen, has a theory: $5 bottles of wine can be very good. Spend more, and you may get a good bottle, but it’s certainly not guaranteed. But failing at $5, that’s no big deal (that’s NBD, for the young’uns). And at $5 a bottle, that’s only about $1.25 a glass. Pretty good competition for the wine box. We took her advice and had a yummy bottle of $5 […]

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Wino Update

By     |    Dec 19, 2011
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We’ll start this week off with a little bit of a rant about snobbery, specifically my wine snobbery.  The past few days we stayed with Mary, a family friend of Paul’s, in Lake Havasu City, AZ. (Her husband, Mike, was elk hunting in New Mexico.)  Mary spoiled us rotten.  She even went out of her way to pick up a bottle of Zinfandel for me — “I went to a […]

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Mission: Good, Cheap Wine

By     |    Dec 9, 2011
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I like wine…good, expensive wine.  I am a little bit of a wine snob.  So now that we’re on a strict budget, I’ve made it my mission to find decent, cheap wine that is palatable to this little snob.  Because we don’t have reliable refrigeration (and because there’s nothing worse than warm, cheap white wine), this search has to be limited to the best cheap red wine. First I thought I […]

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Oh No! We Forgot About Beaujolais Nouveau!

By     |    Nov 22, 2011
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Somehow it happened: the third Thursday of November passed us by and we didn’t remember Beaujolais Nouveau.  To paraphrase our friend Ben: this never would have happened if we were in Chicago!  To placate the French gods, we had a bottle last night along with a baguette and some butter (shh…don’t tell them the butter’s not French and neither is the baguette!).  It’s pretty tasty this year — or maybe […]

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