It was an early morning. We had to drop our Hoochie girl off at her doggy B&B (she is entitled to a vacation too) at 8 a.m. and then begin our drive up to Paso Robles. We wanted to get there as early as possible so we could visit a couple of wineries with our friends Dave and Jane, who were driving from Central California.
We arrived at Eberle Winery within 10 minutes of each other - perfect timing! It was good to see them again after several years - they used to live in Southern California close to us but now live in the "cookie town" of Tollhouse.
We enjoyed our tasting at Eberle. Gary Eberle was even on hand, and we chatted with him for a few minutes. Our favorites of the day were the 2009 Viognier (New release), the 2007 Sangiovese (New release), and the 2007 Cab/Syrah (multiple award winner), so we got a couple of bottles of each.
We made a quick stop to check into the Adelaide Inn and then met at our second winery of the day, Pear Valley. Shannon and I had visited there a year or so ago as a possible stop for the annual Slow Bowl, so I already knew they had good wines.
The tasting room was beautiful, and we liked all of the wines so much that both couples joined the wine club. It's a great deal, with a 30% discount on all wines and merchandise. They even had a special case price of $100 on their 2004 Cabernet, so we got a case of that and a couple of other bottles.
By now it was after 5 p.m., so we headed into downtown Paso. I wanted to visit the olive oil store (We Olive) to refill my previously-purchased olive oil bottles, so we met there first before going to Villa Creek for something to eat. We sat outside on the patio and had wine and appetizers. They were so filling that we skipped dinner altogether. My friend Marianne, who lives in Paso, joined us for a glass of wine too. Jane and I are chocoholics, and we shared a wonderful chocolate creme brulee.
By that time, we were all pretty tired (and cold), so we called it a night.
It was a great start to our road trip!