We left early Friday for the 5 hour drive to Paso Robles. It only took Brad a little over four hours, but we had some "uncomfortable" moments in the car when the cheesecake, lemon cookies and taralli went flying around from their secure places in the back seat to other parts of the car. Then Brad drove in a safer manner that prevented any more screaming from the passenger seat.
We stopped for a great breakfast at the Green Street Cafe in Pasadena.
Our first stop in Paso Robles was the Martin-Weyrich tasting room. Last year I drank a wonderful Arneis from this winery, but they are no longer making this variety. They do have other Italian varietals including: Moscato Allegro, Sangiovese, and Nebbiolo.
We were quite pleased when we checked into our room at the Adelaide Inn. Our large room had a refrigerator for all of our food, and a very comfortable sofa and reclining chair for reading or relaxing.
After a brief nap, we visited with Jerry and Paul, and Wendy and Rob across the parking lot, then walked next door to re-perk with a Starbucks. We were ready to see the whole gang at the cottage!
It was a fabulous evening of friends and laughter. I definitely "felt the love" from all my buddies hugs and kind words, and it was just what I needed after my "January hibernation"!
The food was fabulous! We started with wine and appetizers. I shared some of Gina's taralli.
Friday night was the "Lasagna Smackdown", with four great entries.
They were all great, but the landslide winner was Pete's, mushroom-bechamel version. I will definitely be waiting for his recipe!
The laughter at a Slow Bowl is constant and contagious!
We celebrated David's birthday with an enormous chocolate cake.
There was LOTS of wine drinking. Shannon had an aeration test going on the patio.
There were no significant trends, but participants enjoyed the experiment!
It is common knowledge that I don't drink any red wine, but I came prepared to indulge in the "activities", and polished off my bottle of Pinot Grigio. It was WAY over my limit, but quite fun at the time. A couple of advil and lots of coffee did the trick later.
What can I say about Shannon, our Slow Bowl Skipper? She does an amazing job of setting up this fantastic weekend, choosing wineries, coordinating food, events, and herding all of us through a fabulous weekend. We LOVE Shannon!