• Four Vines and a Glass of Wine

    Date: 2010.08.27 | Category: Wine Experiences | Tags: ,,,,,,,,,,,,

    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 www.farmstand46.com 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