Sunday, December 5, 2010

Paso Robles Weekend!

    Finally, a new & happy post! We went to Paso for the weekend to attend our 10th black tie Holiday Dinner at Eberle Winery (vegans beware: it was a carnivorous weekend!). This photo is from the deck of our adorable cottage at the Santa Rita Inn B&B in Templeton.
    After a late start, we made good time to Laetitia via the 166 (beautiful drive). Enjoyed the sparkling tasting, of course. Took this photo as we left.
Our b&b was adorable; we had our own little cottage, with a vaulted ceiling, electric fireplace, & a cute little blue heeler from next door that kept us company. Wanted to take her home...

 Friday night we had a fabulous dinner at Artisan. Had two different wine flights. We enjoyed the ahi tuna & abalone appetizers. The hub had a great scallop dish, and I was adventurous & tried the rabbit. Pleasantly surprised by how really delicious it was.
The desserts were also amazing: the hub had the churros with a warm chocolate sauce, and I had a trio of creme brulees: pumpkin, ginger & butterscotch. I am going to have to steal the idea of using a sake cup & serving more than one flavor...
    The next day, we enjoyed breakfast at our b&b, then did a little wine tasting (spaced on taking photos at the wineries, though!). We began at Linne Calodo (so awesome of course), then Opolo (another fave). We then continued to Pasolivo for some olive oil. While there, we met a lovely lady named Tina, who was pouring Villicana winery tastings there for her son. Really enjoyed the rosé and a lovely blend. Tasted some great honey & vinegar, that is a flavor explosion when combined with the citrus olive oil.
     Noticed these bushes all around Paso, with these pretty red berries...
After Pasolivo, we went to La Vigne (formerly Sylvester). Had some nice wines, & were very impressed with the deli case & gourmet food selection. They also sell some delicious panini sandwiches there (we were famished!). From there, we went to the Wine Wrangler next to the train station to pick up our club order, & enjoyed tasting some wines there as well. By then, it was time to get back to the Inn to get ready for the Black Tie Dinner. I will post about that was fantastic!!

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