We don’t get a lot of rain in California…remember the song that goes: “It never rains in Southern California…”? Yeah, anyway, it’s a special occasion in any case. Kato was pretty amazed too. Today, we’re staying at the Vines RV Resort in Paso Robles and it’s raining. Yay!
We pulled into Vines yesterday, Sunday, and it rained heavy most of the night and into the morning. So, Michele whipped out the Chicken & Spaghetti Squash Soup she made before we left home. Hoping we would run into some “weather” that called for a steaming bowl of soup, she froze several batches and popped them into the freezer for just such a change in the weather. It actually tastes twice as good as it looks and it looks pretty good. If you’d like the recipe, you’ll find it here.
We got a break in the rain and are heading over to J. Lohr to taste one of our favorite go-to wines. The winery is practically right down the street from our RV park. How cool is that? We are now fortified with a hearty lunch and we charge out the door, Michele in her rain boots and slicker and me in my usual winery garb and Talty Winery ball cap (more on Talty later) – to the wineries!
As we sip and savor our wines, we hear the story of how Jerry Lohr began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varieties in San Luis Obispo County’s little-known Paso Robles region in 1986. Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines has grown to more than 1,300 acres in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands regions of Monterey County, with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir, over 2,300 acres in Paso Robles dedicated to Cabernet, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and other red varieties, and 33 acres in Napa Valley, highlighting Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc.
As we head into Thanksgiving, we too give thanks for family, friends and all the fine wines California has to offer. We promise to do our part to taste them all!
Did someone say Wine Caves? Eberle Winery has some award winning wines and wine cave tours! The German name “Eberle” translates to “small boar.” At Eberle Winery, a large bronze boar greets every guest who visits the tasting room.
There are 16,000 square feet of underground caves where monthly Guest Chef Dinners and private parties are held. The “Wild Boar” event room even has a commercial kitchen!
Fun little tidbit ~ Gary Eberle was the first person to create a 100% Syrah in the United States. There is even an Estrella clone named after him. Eberle is know to be a lover of Cabernet and it shows in the great Cabs he produces. He also has a grand sense of humor that is reflected in his “Full Boar Red”, a lovely red blend that is as playful and satisfying as it’s name!