As one person told me, “I’ve always wanted to learn about wines, and thought this was a good place to start.” Indeed.
There are scads more “wine trails” in the Paso Robles/Central Coast area than I thought was humanly possible.
I must be nuts.
Before I go into my rant – which newbies may see as shallow, opinionated, narrow-minded, and snobbish, and I’m good with that – I just want to make a couple of things perfectly clear.
Okay, since driving wasn’t involved, it was actually wine drinking. Staggering home is not illegal. At least as far as I know.
However, don’t be shy to venture away from the Strip and try some local wine bars and restaurants, as they can often be a pleasant surprise and much better for Vegas on a budget.
After all, you can never taste too much wine. “Educational,” you know.
I compare a good mixologist to a good chef; he’s someone who knows his ingredients, preparation, best practices, and how the resulting cocktail should taste.
You won’t regret it and you’ll taste wines that will make you take a step back (The Wineaux Guy™’s term for a really good wine that stuns you).
And then I tasted it. Dammit.
While my reviews are focused largely on wines that I have purchased, received as gifts, are a part of a wine club shipment, etc., I accept samples for tasting and review.
Assuming that these questions come from a place of really wanting to know – as opposed to trying to get me to stop – I can think of only one answer: Passion.
I don’t know if this is a “trail,” per se, but I found it on Wine Country Getaways. The site is, as expected, primarily focused on Sonoma and Napa, as well as other Wine Countries throughout the U.S.