Looking to make some travel plans for the upcoming weekend or maybe a quick mid-week get away? If you are, may I recommend a great little get-away, to help you get away from it all, called Paso Robles. It's a quick little jaunt up on the freeway, especially for you folks in Los Angeles or even Orange County. I know I've talked up Paso Robles quite a bit; but I've so much more to share about this great little town, connected to one of the best wine regions in the state, a place known for its Rhone-Zone, but there are always few other surprises to capture your interest right around the corner.
One of those other great surprises is a visit to one of Paso's newest down-town tasting rooms. They're called the Pithy Little Wine Co. a fun stop with some great wines to sample. They caught my eye, because their use of Social Media, you can catch up with them here on twitter or just cruise right over to their easily navigated website, where they have many specials to tempt your taste-buds, while also offering fab-design services. Whether you are just looking a unique wine-related gift for the vino-sapien who has everything or you want to taste through a fascinating array of old-fashioned sodas, a trip to the Pithy Little Wine Co. is simply a must on your next trip to Paso.
The customer service is fab, the owners a husband and wife team, Jeff Munsey and Felicia Alvarez are fantastically welcoming to wandering-winos and are ready to take you through a tasting of their old-fashion sodas or their great selection of wines. I recommend trying their wines with pairing they offer, make sure to ask for it when you visit. Speaking of great customer service; if you happen to be out and about visiting many of the other tasting rooms to be found within easy walking distance from many of the centrally located accommodations, [like the Paso Robles Inn] they'll hold onto your purchases for you and deliver to your hotel's desk. Now that's what I call convenience, leaving my hands free to continue to explore many of the other local downtown hot-spots, you could easily spend a whole day down-town and never repeat the same experience.
Now about the wine I fell head over heels with while I was there, a monster of finesse, a classic Rhone-Zone style called, Elephant In The Room [SRP $44]. This is their first Rhône blend, composed of 65% Syrah, 20% Viognier and 15% Grenache rounds out this tasty treat. In the glass a hedonistic purple-colored vestment, ideally suited for a king’s royal raiment. After the first splash down, wow, wonderfully expressive bouquet, blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherry, teasing you with sexy floral and spice nuances adding wonderful complexity. This wine has focused flavors which are clear and deep, while also being complex and lingering from start to finish.