Since it was Cinco de Mayo, we thought it only fitting to meet our friend DeDee Morrison and her daughter Shannon for Mexican food and margaritas at Señor Sancho’s. The 5th fell on a Wednesday which is Winemaker Wednesday at Vinoteca. When we walked in the door, it became evident quite quickly how many people we’ve met in this great wine region. I saw seven different winemakers I knew, including Roger Nicolas from RN Estate and Joe Farley from F/S Cellars. We also met Denis Degher from Domaine Degher and made arrangements to visit his vineyard the following morning. Winemaker Wednesday is always enjoyable. A local winemaker is on hand and a flight of their wine is offered along with food specifically paired with each wine by the Executive Chef. The winery that evening was Bodegas Paso Robles. We met and visited with owner/winemaker Dorothy Schuler and sampled some of her wines which are primarily Spanish and Portuguese varietals and blends. We’re going to spend some time with Dorothy on our next visit and will go into more depth on her wines.
I met Joe Farley on the golf course at Temecula Creek Inn about a month ago at the Cellar Masters golf tournament. He sent me home with a bottle of his Mourvèdre and an invitation to visit him in Paso. We started off with his Chardonnay and enjoyed it immensely. Joe says it’s terrific with lemon pepper chicken and we brought home a bottle and will try it. It’s rare to see a stand alone Mourvèdre, but Joe’s is exquisite as is his Petite Sirah. His late harvest Syrah is almost orgasmic.
I don’t know when we’ll make our way back to Paso Robles next, but I do know each visit is a distinct treat and always filled with a surprise or two.