Tuesday was a beautiful morning - so beautiful that I sat on the front porch and listened to the birds as I drank my morning coffee. One of the nicest things about this house is that it is out in the country - you really have an opportunity to unwind when you are here.
We didn't get going until close to 11. Ahhh, the joys of vacation.
Our first stop was one of Paul's favourite wineries Eberle. A pioneer of Paso Robles, Gary Eberle founded Eberle Winery more than 35 years ago. Eberle is one of the highest award-winning wineries in the U.S. and ranks in the top 10 of gold medal award-winning wineries in the country.
Today, Eberle Winery has reached a case production of 30,000. The Eberle name, which means “wild boar” in German, has earned a reputation as one of the highest award-winning wineries in the United States. In 2012, Eberle received acclaim from Wine Spectator, earning 93 points for its 2010 Steinbeck Vineyard Syrah; and last year, Eberle was voted Winery of the Year at the 2013 Central Coast Wine Competition. Nearly four decades of wine awards are on display in the Eberle tasting room. Once they taste the wines, visitors understand why Gary Eberle has been called the “Godfather of the Paso Robles wine appellation.”
Eberle Winery is a welcoming place. Guests arriving at the tasting room are first greeted by a famous bronze Porcellino (wild boar) statue. It is the 93rd replica of he original bronze Porcellino cast by Tacca in 1620, and now found in Florence, Italy. Italians consider it good luck to rub the boar’s nose and toss a coin in the water below. Visitors to Eberle are fortunate as well; they can taste the wines that have won so many high accolades and tour the caves for free.
Eberle’s 17,000 square feet of underground caves provide a captivating environment for exclusive par ties. The intimate VIP Room inside the caves seats ten for private wine tours, lunch, dinner, or other events. In addition, the 100-seat Wild Boar Room serves as a romantic and beautiful backdrop for the winery’s monthly Guest Chef Dinner Series (featuring renowned chefs from around the world), as well as other private events. A comfortable picnic deck overlooking the estate vineyard can also be reserved for weddings or groups of up to 100.
Leaving Eberle we headed back into town for lunch at the Thai restaurant.
The afternoon was spent wandering around the Paso square, shopping a bit, and resting on the park benches, when we felt like watching the world wander by. . . the perfect way to spend a vacation afternoon IMHO.
We wanted to visit the Tuesday afternoon farmer's market - although after having done so we should have spent our time doing something else. LOL It was VERY off season and our only purchase was a baguette . . . but it was a very yummy baguette. :-)
As we headed back to the house we decided to visit Brecon winery. We think it is the one located on the other side of the hill behind the house. Brecon Estate opened their doors four years ago and has amassed over 40 Golds/Double Golds and Platinum medals, not including four 90+ scores from eRobertParker.com. These stellar reviews are no surprise from Welsh Winemaker Damian Grindley, who as a long track record of producing international, award-winning wines. Current varietal releases include 2013 - Cabernet Franc, “Conviction” (White Rhone Blend), Petit Verdot, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and newly released 2013 Meritage and a 2014 Viognier/Grenache Blanc blend. The many microclimates of the Central Coast region allow for this wide range of varietals and each wine is a true representation of the soil and climate of its vineyard site. Brecon Estate produces these varietals with fruit grown in the larger Central Coast appellation as well as the appellations of Paso Robles and Monterey.
Production at Brecon Estate is sold exclusively on site through their tasting room. Each wine is fermented in small batches after being selected from their own vineyards as well other high-end parcels on the Central Coast. Brecon’s vineyards are home to some of the first plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines in the original Adelaida district of Paso Robles. The roots of the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards are old enough to have reached deep into the ground and as a result, the vines have been dry-farmed for the past four years. It is amongst these vineyards that Brecon’s newly designed, contemporary winery sits along the stunning Vineyard Drive.
The tasting bar attendant asked us if we wanted to taste inside or outside. It was 70 + degrees so we decided to enjoy the sunshine as much as possible. The outside area was lovely - this would be a great spot for a group tasting.
It was a wonderful experience. We sipped, the winery animals paid a visit, another couple joined us and we chatted. The attendant kept pouring more wines. He brought snacks. It was so lovely that we did not want to leave!
As they say, all good things must come to an end. We packed our purchases away in the car and made the short drive back to the house.
After a nap we sat outside and watched the sun set.
Dinner was tempura shrimp, salad,and tortellini . . . and lost of wine. :-)