A short 2 hour drive from where live in Monterey Bay is one of California’s best wine regions near Paso Robles. On a recent long weekend we were able to venture down to Paso Robles and get a taste of the area.
After stopping at a friend’s house to drop off our stuff, we went straight to the town square of Paso Robles. It’s a small square with a park in the middle surrounded by tasting rooms, shops, and restaurants. We were persuaded by a couple of patio-sitting-patrons of Berry Hill Bistro to stop there for lunch and weren’t disappointed.
We started wandering the square after lunch. We were planning to take our daughter to get some candy at Powell’s Sweet Shop or an ice cream cone somewhere when our friend/host for the weekend suggested going out to one of the many wineries in the area. Because most of them close at 5:00 and it was already after 2:00, we scrapped the sweet treats and got in the car.
Through small, winding, two-lane roads and up a hill we arrived at Daou Vineyards. A beautiful view out over the vineyards awaits at Daou along with a gorgeous tasting room and relaxing outdoor space to sip your wine. There was also a bocce court outside for a little extra excitement with your tasting.
My husband and I split a flight of 6 Daou wines. My favorite was the final one, the cabernet sauvignon which the winery is known for. There were also some food choices available for wine pairings.
I will admit that I didn’t plan to visit many, if any wineries while we were down for our visit. In my mind the family toting around 2 little ones was not the ideal vineyard visitor. I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to enjoy ourselves and our daughter had fun too! The outdoor space was key to her enjoyment (and therefor ours as well). She camped out at the fountain, playing in the water almost the whole time. Thankfully none of the employees or other guests seemed to mind too much. The only downside to this was the highly chlorinated water which ended up discoloring her dress. Oh well. You win some, you lose some. Our afternoon gave us hope and encouragement that we could actually visit more wineries and enjoy ourselves. We are in the midst of planning a weekend in Sonoma, another famous wine region north of San Francisco. I think the art will be choosing the right wineries to visit! Hopefully we will have equally good experiences up there…stay tuned!
If you need more ideas for your own visit to Paso Robles, check out my Pinterest board HERE.