Archive for May, 2010

Santa Ynez & Paso Robles Wine Tour

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Courtesy of Mark Johnson, Commander Products www.commanderproducts.com

We went wine tasting last week (Wednesday through Saturday) touring Santa Rita Hills, Lompoc, Los Olivos and all around Paso Robles. Plus I attended two mega Rhone tastings at the Hospice du Rhône in Paso www.hospicedurhone.org. There is mucho to report!

Here are a few of the items I will review later this week:

Which wineries sucked in Santa Barbara County? Who were the few that passed muster?

Which highly rated restaurant in Solvang got a ho-hum report from us?

I tasted 3 all new releases from Saxum www.saxumvineyards.com  and they were all great. But, whose other wine did I taste that was just as good (that you can actually buy) for much less money?

What is the name of a stunning new tasting room in Paso that should have spent less on the beautiful building and more on a real winemaker?

What is the name of a new restaurant in Paso that might take the crown from Artisan Restaurant www.artisanpasorobles.com as the best restaurant in town?

Which wines from Booker Winery www.bookerwines.com already sold out in their first week of release? And I got to taste them (and buy them) and I must say they are fantastic.

What Paso winery is putting out the best wines across the board?

All above will be reported and posted here within a week so stay tuned…Linda