Ready For A Wine-Filled Getaway? Pack Your Bags For Paso Robles, Calif!By Delaina Dixon | August 23, 2017 | Travel
Hey Divas! We know you love wine as much as we do. But have you ever wondered where some of your favorite glasses of vino come from? We did – so we decided to do a little #DivaGalsTravel. Located three hours outside of Los Angeles, Paso Robles, Calif. is a quaint town with more than 200 wineries – yes girl, we hit the motherload!
Our first stop? SummerWood Winery & Inn. Owned by a Japanese businessman, SummerWood offers some of Paso Roble’s best vino. It’s optimal growing conditions (warm in the day, cool and breezy at night) create grapes that produce robust harvests of its reds, whites and a rose.
We tried a smooth Grenache Blanche and a blended Viognier with light floral notes that we j’adored. Feeling bold? Try SummerWood’s pure Viognier, uncut by other grapes.
We also tried SummerWood’s delicious reds and swooned over Sentio (loosely translated means the senses), a Bordeaux blend, which was crisp, but not too dry. Trust us, you’ll experience all your senses when it’s in your glass. SummerWood only makes about 2500 cases a year, and the brand is only available at their winery and online – we say book a trip to The Tasting Room just for their daily five-flight tastings.
After all that wine, we didn’t want to travel far, and we didn’t have to – because SummerWood Inn is across the street! Entering the nine-room hotel, we took in its soothing palette in the living and dining areas, a feeling of serenity that extended into our perfectly appointed Room no. 3, the Grenache Blanc room.
We loved every thoughtful touch, from the cream and black decor and fresh linens…
…and the dark grey washcloth marked facial wipe (no makeup stains here!)…
…to our complimentary bottle of SummerWood wine.
We didn’t have to open it right away since SummerWood Inn hosts an evening appetizer hour with complimentary wine that the staff is more than happy to pour freely, a perfect complement to its delicious snacks – ours were salmon and asparagus and wedge lettuce with crumbled blue cheese.
We spent the evening at a restaurant near Lake Nacimiento to see their first artist-in-resident #WBWD Jay Louis perform. Trained in classic opera at Juilliard in New York City, he wowed the crowd with ballads and Broadway favorites. Of course, we took home his debut CD, Europe. Click here to listen for yourself.
Upon our return to SummerWood Inn, we had chocolate chip cookies, tea and conversation waiting for us in its communal dining room–
–which we enjoyed with the salted caramels on our pillow.
Waking in the morning, we took in the gorgeous scene right outside our balcony. And then it was time for breakfast, where SummerWood’s chef prepares your meal to order. We couldn’t get enough of their homemade tangy and sweet granola served with Greek yogurt and fresh berries – (we had it as a midday snack as well!).
Make sure to try the washes in the skylight bathroom – I loved the Cinamon Basil body wash – I even bought some for home.
We spent the rest of our morning at the Grey Wolf and Barton Family Wines estate, which also houses KROBĀR Craft Distillery.
At this family business, run by Joe Barton, we got a tour of the vineyard and an explanation of how the grapes just a few feet from one another can be affected by soil and rainfall, and the smaller the grape, the more intense the taste.
We also got a tour of the distillery, where Joe and team craft their newest concoctions, including whiskey, gin, bourbon and LIT, an aperitif.
Barton’s Kitchen Window serves the award-winning Paso Mac & Cheese steak sandwich!
We took home a bottle of Grey Wolf White to share with friends for Sunday Night dinner. It didn’t last very long!
Wine, spirits and great music, who could want for more?