I canNOT believe we are almost at the end of June…seriously, how did that happen? Work and play have been keeping me so busy, in the best way.
A few of the highlights from the last couple weeks were a camping trip to Lake Isabella in the Kern River Valley, about 2 hours northeast of LA, seeing my two favorite baseball teams play each other twice, Angels and Giants woo woo, and lastly, a belated birthday trip for Erik to Paso Robles, CA for some wine tasting!!
Wine tasting is one of my favorite things to do. I am so lucky to live in a state that has some of the best wineries in the world, along with some up and coming regions. It was my first time tasting in Paso Robles, and before last weekend I had only driven through the area. The weather was GORGEOUS, warm with clear blue skies. I booked our tour through Hop On the Wine Line, and if you are going tasting in PR or Santa Barbara, I highly recommend them. Since we had never been there, we let the driver recommend our stops based on our likes. First stop was Zenaida, fun staff, great selection, and one of the oldest wineries in the region. Next was Dark Star, my favorite. Family owned and run, lots of red, nothing too bold, but very flavorful. Next door is their sons winery, Brian Benson Cellars, young and edgy; it was a fun stop. We also visited Four Vines, kind of like biker bar meets wine, pretty cool. Lastly they took us to Veris Cellars, another favorite. With the tasting (free tasting I might add), comes a bucket of golf balls. There is a driving range above the vineyards. It was absolutely beautiful and so fun getting a few balls; totally made Erik’s day.
So if you are up for a weekend getaway or maybe want to switch up the Napa, Sonoma, Russian River area, I highly recommend taking a trip to Paso Robles. It’s also way more laid back and less expensive than its northern areas, but produces primarily reds; sorry white fans.
Hope you all are enjoying your summer too!!