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  • Garden Wine Tasting at Daniel Gehrs

    Date: 2011.01.24 | Category: Wine Experiences | Response: 0

    If you enjoy a relaxing beautiful afternoon in the garden tasting great wine, then make a stop at Daniel Gehrs.  Located in the Santa Barbara area, Daniel Gehrs Winery can be found in the small town of Los Olivos,CA.  The tasting room is a landmark called Heather Cottage, built in 1904.  Step into this quaint tasting room to peruse through their gift shop.

    A must have is wine tasting of some of their fabulous wines in their garden in the back.  Stand at the bar or sit under the tree sipping wine through the afternoon.

    Daniel Gehrs WineryIf you love Riesling you will enjoy this wine with tastes of honey and apricots on the palate.  The grapes come from a 35 year old vineyard on the slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands.  This wine has a nice balance with sugar, to make for what the locals call the ‘hot tub wine’.

    For the reds each one was better than the one before.  You will have a tough time deciding which wine to take home.  The Sangiovese has hints of wild strawberries, raspberries; this wine was aged for 2 1/2 years in French and American oak barrels.

    Their Zinfandel from the Santa Ynez Valley, this wine had a fantastic dark red color.  Looking for that jammy and spicy taste; this is the wine.

    All port lovers, at Daniel Gehrs you have 6 ports to choose.  They even have a Port Wine Club to join.  Our first port was served with chocolates, but this port needed no help to satisfy the palate.  The second we tried, Tawny Port from Madera County was heaven in a bottle.  This port was silky smooth, with aromas of nuts and cherry flavors.

    Relax for a slow pace, enjoying friends and great wine at Daniel Gehrs.


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  • Red Wine Facial for the Perfect Skin

    Date: 2010.11.11 | Category: Wine Experiences | Response: 0

    If you are looking to fight off age, another benefit of wine has been found – A Red Wine Mask Facial.  Red wine acid can promote skin metabolism and dilute the pigment.  Enjoy a relaxing natural spa experience right at home with left over red wine.

    Red wine contains high levels of antioxidant polyphenols, which is effective in eliminating dead cells, fights free radicals, stimulates blood circulation, rejuvenates, increases skin elasticity and leaves your skin bright and glowing.   Looking to soften those wrinkles and fine lines while battling the effects of aging skin this red wine mask recipe is a cheap alternative.

    Red Wine Mask FacialBefore applying any facial clean your face and neck.  Make sure all cosmetics, creams; lotions are removed from your face.  Or just take a shower, steam bath or put a hot towel on your face to clean and open your pores.

    How to make the Red Wine Mask Facial

    Find any plain yogurt, if possible get Greek yogurt as it is thicker and the red wine will thin out the face mask.  Use any brand as long as it’s plain yogurt, no strawberry or peach on your face.

    -1 cup of Plain Yogurt

    – 4 TB Red Wine

    And a container with a tight fitting lid whips the ingredients together.

    Apply the mask, in a circular motion, being careful when near the eyes.  Let the mask absorb into your skin for 15-20 minutes.  Rinse off with warm water.

    Store the container with the remainder of the facial in the refrigerator.

    There are several other Red Wine Facial Mask recipes:


    – 1 cup Yogurt

    – 2 TB Honey

    – 4-5 TB Red Wine


    – 1 cup of Red Wine

    – Aloe Vera Gel

    – 2-3 TB Honey

    I don’t know which one is the best, but I’ll being giving the one with honey a try this weekend.

    You may be looking great after the facial, but the unfortunate part is this facial does not require drinking the wine.  Maybe go with cheap red wine for your facial; after the facial relax and sip on a nice glass of your favorite wine.

  • Four Vines and a Glass of Wine

    Date: 2010.08.27 | Category: Wine Experiences | Response: 0

    If you are ever in the Paso Robles/Templeton area wine tasting, get on Highway 46.  Then make certain your car heads right to Four Vines Tasting Room, they will not disappoint.

    The tasting room is between Anderson Rd and Vineyard Dr.  When you see the windmill with the sign Farmstand 46, turn the car immediately into the parking lot.  In front of the tasting room is a little sandwich shop, called Farmstand 46.  I should not have eaten before hand, the menu looked mighty fine.  They serve gourmet, healthy food made from the freshest ingredients.  Just ignore the word “healthy”.

    On the menu slow cooked pork shoulder or salami, cappicola, mortadella and aged provolone with roasted red peppers or even try the roast beef, aged cheddar, red pepper, grilled sweet onion and horseradish.  These and more sandwiches are made to order, with a couple of pre-made sandwiches and salads and wood fire pizza!  Although be aware their menu changes seasonally.  Go to for a menu.  There slogan “Never eat more than you can lift”

    On the left side behind the restaurant the Four Vines tasting room is located.  Nice little tables outside for relaxing, enjoying their wine and a pleasant view of a vineyard.   As you first walk in the tasting room, you will notice the funky, cool red light fixtures.  The lights set the mood for a fun, funky and elegant tasting.

    Four Vines Tasting Room

    Their tastings are served in a Riedel crystal wine glass; which you can keep.  If you have never tasted wine in a Riedel glass; it is a treat.  The wine glass can make such difference in the wine.  Although the Four Vines wines need no help.

    You have your choice of 6 different logos on the Riedel wine glass.  I went for ZinBitch.  I love the descriptions of their wines.  Fun and informative.  I’m glad to know their 2008 “Naked” Chardonnay ‘has not seen any oak, nor does it want to.’

    Did not try the Chardonnay, went right into the 2007 ‘Maverick’ Zinfandel brought memories of my childhood watching James Garner as Bret Maverick.  They were right – it was a Jam Bomb of mischievous fun.  It was quite lovely and smooth.  I purchase a couple of bottles of this one.

    Although it was difficult to decide between all the wines I experienced at Four Vines.  If you are looking for a Malbec, give theirs a try, it will not disappoint you.   Aromas of rich currant, blackberry, cherry on the nose.  A very nice long finish.  I very much enjoyed their ‘Anarchy’ blend of Zinfandel, Syrah and Mourvedre; rich fruit and very velvety.

    The tasting room staff is energetic, friendly and very knowledgeable about their wines.  The staff is more than happy to direct you to other great wineries in the area.   The staff in a tasting just as important as the wines – if you don’t have a nice experience in the tasting room, are the wines really that important.

    Four Vines makes wine fun, while still being sophisticated without snobbery.  I’ll be heading back to Paso Robles area probably next week; I’ll have to make a stop a Four Vines



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