I first visited Paso Robles in January and promised a return trip. I’m back sooner than expected and am already planning the NEXT trip! This visit is with a fun group–various wine writers and journalists from both coasts. We all converged on this beautiful area today…a bit weary from the air travel but excited about new adventures in this picturesque wine region.
After an amazing wine adventure in Chile, our intrepid group headed to Mendoza to explore the famed Malbecs of Argentina, and one in particular I was looking forward to–the wines of Catena Zapata. The landscape dramatically changes here. Much of this countryside is very dry (like the El Paso area in Texas).
The grandeur and size of the wineries we visited in Chile was quite a surprise. Walking the grounds at Concho y Toro in the Maipo region of Chile felt like we were walking through a five page spread in Town and Country magazine.
If you are serious about wine travels, I’d recommend an adventure in Chile. Seeing the majestic Andes up close is almost worth the trip all by itself, and Patagonia is breathtaking! Exploring wineries in Chile was fascinating.
If you’ve ever wondered what goes into making a wine, the Franciscan Estate & Mount Veder Winery insist that you partake in one of their blending exercises…a process that true wine makers live for!
The beautiful, majestic Andes Mountains are the backdrop for many of the wineries in Chile. The longest continental mountain range in the world is a sight to behold with its mile high, jagged snow-capped peaks. Chile is said to be a viticultural paradise, the most desirable terroir in the world for growing grapes.
Ever wonder what it would be like to throw caution to the wind and follow your dreams? Imagine deciding to leave a great paying job and starting over! A couple I know did just that.
You’re looking at one of the most beautiful heirloom tomato salad presentations I’ve ever seen! Chef Cory Strike of Franciscan Winery in Napa is a true talent in the kitchen.
The most incredible garden to table experience in Napa can be found at the historic Robert Mondavi Winery – a forerunner of vino in Napa Valley. Once there, prepare to peruse through the garden with the chef and select the ingredients that will be used for your dinner. Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers …
No trip to Napa would be complete without stopping here…that’s for sure! The Robert Mondavi Winery, located just off Highway 29, is home to happy faces and lots of history.