We started our day with a 10:30 appointment at Ecluse Wines. I had researched award winners and found that both Ecluse and Thatcher had tied for the San Francisco Chronicle Red Sweepstakes winner. Ecluse was my favorite place that we visited yesterday. In addition to the standard tasting we went in the back of the winery and tasted some grapes, some crushed smoothie-like grapes (that tasted like blueberries and chocolate) and we also had a barrel tasting.
1520 Kiler Canyon Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446
We continued on to Farmstand 46 where we bought sandwiches to bring with us to our next winery.
3750 Highway 46
Templeton, CA 93465-8790
Thatcher winery was the other award winner from the SF Chronicle. I don’t think anyone purchased wine at Thatcher, but we really enjoyed their picnic area.
8355 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446-7613
I didn’t make a reservation at Opolo, but since we had the time, the gang wanted to give it a try. None of the wines were a hit with us.
7110 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles, CA 93446
I think Denner was my favorite wine for the day. Their tasting room is only open for members, but somehow I got us a reservation.
5414 Vineyard Drive
Paso Robles, California 93446
We went to Epoch wines because Heather went to college with their consulting winemaker Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards.
7505 York Mountain Road
Templeton, CA 93465
We had a nice time relaxing on the patio at Booker Wines, however most of their bottles were $60 each. I think Scott bought 1. (not sure which) I’m saving pictures from Booker for tomorrow’s post.
2640 Anderson Road
Paso Robles, CA 93446-9612
We made one last stop (also not on the reservation itinerary) where we knew we could find more affordable and good wine.
Peachy Canyon Winery
1480 North Bethel Road
Templeton – (866) 335-1918
Seven wineries in one day is pretty record breaking for us, but Brian and I shared all of the tastings and gave each pretty much 2 sips and then dumped them out. The first sip seems to be deceiving and the second one is more accurate to what you’re tasting. The gang made fun of us because we were carting around our camelbak filled with water but it was our secret weapon that got us through the day.