A couple weekends ago, a dozen of us decided to spend a few days in Cambria and Paso Robles to celebrate my 30th birthday. I'd never visited the area, so before we drove the three hours it took to get there, I read up on all things wine country in San Luis Obispo County via Paso Robles Wineries (be sure to check out their Facebook page, too, for fun photos and videos). This site told me everything I needed to know from tasting trails to restaurants. I was able to speak with Lauren Lekai, who runs the site, and she generously set up my group of 12 with 2-for-1 wine tastings at two lovely boutique wineries in the area.Cutruzzola Vineyards. This was perfect because it was just a few minutes from where we were staying off CA-1, just four miles south of Hearst Castle. With the Pacific Ocean on one side, drinking Riesling with friends at Cutruzzola was a great start to the day. The vineyard blocks contain limestone, which makes for high quality wine.
CUTRUZZOLA VINEYARDS: TASTING ROOM
Open Daily 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
555 Main Street
Cambria, CA 93428Harmony Cellars. The little artisan town of Harmony is located just five miles south of Cambria. The tasting room hosted a variety of reds, whites, desserts and limited production wines, with great dog-friendly outdoor seating.
We were able to pick and choose the wines that we wanted to taste, so each person had their favorite red or white. For me, I really fell in love with their 2014 Vibrante. This new release is a blend of Chardonnay, White Riesling and Muscat Canelli. The green apple and crispy citrus notes really came through! So yes, we certainly bought a bottle. Whether you like sweeter wines or dry whites, I truly think the Vibrante at Harmoney Cellars would be right up your alley. The lovers of the reds were big fans of their Reserve Aria.
HARMONY CELLARS: TASTING ROOM
Open Daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
3255 Harmony Valley Road
Harmony, CA 93435