“Throw off the bowlines, catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream, discover!” ~ Mark Twain
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.
What impressed me the most about this wine was not its power, instead I was taken by its subtle, lingering intensity. It had me thinking it was a member of the U.S ladies Olympics gymnastic team, because of the way it packed all those flavors into a graceful mid-weight canvas. Funny thing is that; even though I was enjoying this wine in Paso Robles, it could have been anywhere or any time of the year, but for me I was easily transported to Cote-Rotie for just a moment, but the unexpected splash of Grenache brings me back to reality. Still this wine has a Cote Blondes style, making it very approachable now, but still has plenty of structure for long term cellaring, if you can wait that long. If I were you, I'd act fast and grab a few for yourself, a wine this good will disappear fast, especially since there was just a little over 100 cases produced.
This delightful stop in down-town Paso Robles also introduced Mrs. Cuvee and I an opportunity to discover the Brown Butter Cookie Company located on the coast, between Cambria and Morro Bay and ideally located in the quaint seaside town of Cayucos. While these cookies are bite-size, the flavors are full sized. All the cookies are still hand rolled, the "original" is made from simple ingredients, like browned butter, sea salt, vanilla and brown sugar, so stop-by and see them soon, breath in all the fresh-baked cookie smells and sample some to find your favorite. Until next time folks continue to sip long and prosper, cheers!