Wine Country

Wine Country

Whether it's Paso Robles, Sonoma, or wherever, it's a story on what's going on in wine country.

While I walked out of VSJ without joining the club, that was by the thinnest of margins and utilizing a willpower I didn't know I had.

2004 Villicana Cabernet Sauvignon
Alex gave me a look and said, "You lost him?!? With THAT hat?!?" And it's been an ongoing inside chuckle ever since!

That chunky, short-haired person talking with Paul is me back then. Now I have long hair. Still chunky. Whatever.

Wineaux Guy at the Festival
We were having such a good time - and The Wineaux Guy™ was a magnet with his huge hat - that the next thing we knew, we were being escorted out at the end of the event. What!? How did that happen!?

It seemed like every American-made Viognier was a wannabe Chardonnay - kept in so much oak that the floral aroma that makes it so distinctive was lost in a sea of butter. Until recently.

Something has happened during my time here, and that's called "resting."

The Wineaux Guy thankfully talked me off the precipice, insisting that 5:00 a.m. was not "late." Ok. He had a point.

In between there will be roaming the California coast from Santa Barbara to Solvang, Paso Robles to Monterey. My cameras and notepads are at the ready, and I'm jonesing for adventure.

If they make it rich, then kudos. If they don't, I can imagine that they would continue to make wine until the very end.

Avila Beach
Okay, since driving wasn't involved, it was actually wine drinking. Staggering home is not illegal. At least as far as I know.

Vineyard in Paso Robles
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.

Paso Robles Hills in Spring
Unfortunately, not all of the wine trails are listed in one, easy-to-search place. Until now.