Boxes of local wines
The largest winery in Paso Robles isn't one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It's not even a winery, at least not technically.

View from Ridge Winery
He single-handedly - along with the finest palates in France - brought California wine to the world's consciousness, thereby giving credibility to New World wines overall. Let's just say that it wasn't a happy moment for the finest palates in France.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Just how many times am I going to review this wine?!?

Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
And the lottery tickets didn't help. Eight dollars in winnings don't exactly add up to a retirement-worthy windfall.

Yes, growing grapes is similar to actual farming, but he noted that while regular crops required water in order to live and thrive, grapevines only required water to not die.

The transcendent moment came when I sampled their exquisite Auslese, Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, and Eiswein. Yes, I had them all. Don't hate me because I'm Prüm.

No additives and no laboratory gymnastics to get the wines to fit a certain "profile," just fermented grapes in a bottle. What more could you ask for.

2009 Gap's Crown Chardonnay
I'm just not really a Chardonnay kind of gal. However, a good wine is a good wine and this is a good wine! Plus, it’s spring! Plus (insert any relevant excuse here to have an expensive wine on a weeknight)!

UNR Vineyards
For many years, Nevada wines were known for their relentless mediocrity - they seemed to be White Zinfandel wannabes - and there wasn't much that the serious wine person could glean from them other than a collective meh.

Glass of Barolo - Wikipedia
Instead of pairing with the dish, I felt that it was coyly teasing it.

Monte Velho
"I'll drink from the wine glass. If they have a problem with it, f**k 'em." Alrighty then!

Villicana Liquid Hope Rose
This would be fabulous with a weekend late evening summer dinner of salads, light meats, and other summer fare. It also pairs well with writing, because it's what I'm drinking now as I sit at the keyboard.