Our friends from San Diego were visiting town this weekend and upon their request, we went wine tasting in Paso Robles. I often forget how beautiful the Central Coast really is. Driving through rolling hills, the beaches, big oaks and colorful eucalyptus, and acres of vineyards are all part of daily life here. However, living so close to such beautiful wine country, I tend to take it for granted. So, it’s really wonderful when I am able to take a day, wine taste with friends and discover more of the beauty that lies in our own backyard.
Our friends Russell Froom and Valia have amazing wine at Herman Story; along with perfect hospitality and wonderful stories that always make you laugh. Their label is entirely personal. From Russell’s grandfather inspiring the Herman Story name, to each wine being named after a personal circumstance. They take all the photographs for their labels, making each wine and its bottle unique from the next.
Halter Ranch was a new discovery to me. It was an unbelievable dream of a property. It’s has a complete state-of-the-art wine facility, 1,000 acre ranch property, dating back to 1880, in which the biggest live oak in the US resides, complete sustainability, and, AND, underground wine tunnels. Please visit if you are ever in Paso. I cannot wait to go back.