Wine? a little!

7 Apr

I have so much to catch up with here. Last week end I felt there was not really enough to write about but now with two weeks worth of travelling to retell there seems so much!

I will begin with a trip to Morro Bay. We had thought we would stay in the State Park there but the week end was wet and cool so we waited to visit until the Monday morning when we were en route to another week with Harvest Hosts around Paso Robles.

Morro Bay is named after the volcanic mound which dominates the shore. We arrived to find the tide out enough for us to take a walk but the wind was very brisk and whipping up the sand. It was chilly too despite the sunshine.


Driving away from the town on Highway 1 I noticed a small brown building on the service road to my right with an ‘interesting’ sign above the door Morro Bay Fleece Works! Like the dutiful fibre partner he is, Robert turned around at the next set of lights to enable a visit.

Inside I spoke to the owner, Shari McKelvy, who primarily processes fleece into carded fibre. The small store has examples of her fibre, dyed by herself for sale and also some hand spun yarn and a few garments too.


Not having had a fibre fix for a while I enjoyed both the conversation with Shari and browsing the fibre. Of course I was not able to leave it all behind and chose this lovely green fibre which contains a little sparkly firestar – it reminds me of the ocean colours here on the Pacific shore.

Our Harvest Host for the Monday night was to be Norman Vineyards, one of the ‘far out’ wineries near Paso Robles. After driving a way along the 41 we turned off onto a more minor twisty road which took us through some beautiful winery countryside. We were met by our host and enjoyed a pleasant hour tasting their wines. We settled in the car park area for the evening with a view across the adjacent vineyards. Maybe it was the wine, maybe a day dream from the woolly visit earlier in the day but looking out I saw….. sheep… yes – they were sheep – grazing amongst the vines!


Our next nights host was at Rio Seco winery, here we chatted and sipped with Kate, elder daughter in the family owned, and run business. her younger sister was busy in the back of the building smoking and flavouring her olives which she sells in the tasting rooms and at local markets. Again we had a peaceful night enjoying the views and the lovely garden area next to the tasting rooms.


Wednesday evening we spent at Wine Country RV – despite the name not a winery but very close to most of them to enable visiting and tasting if you are in the area with a tow vehicle. A full hook up enabled us to service our tanks and be ready for some more dry camping.

Tobin James winery has a reputation for being a fun place to taste wine. We were P1250531certainly greeted very well and soon enjoying a comprehensive tasting of their 45 wines on offer – a few hours later back in haRVey we mused on how many we had tasted – a total of 13! Discovering that most had an alcohol content of at least 14% I realised why my head was spinning a little and was glad we had a day to recover before heading to our next host!


In our conversation with the girls at Rio Seco we had enquired for information about local farmers markets. Learning nearby Templeton had one on Saturday we drove along to visit. Paso Robles area is well supplied with the bigger multiple stores, down town does have some smaller independents but Templeton had a completely different character with mostly older independent stores lining its main street. The market was one road back on two sides of a green area, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables on the stalls meant we were spoiled for choice. We are really enjoying our market visits just lately, this was something I had thought we would be able to do when we were here previously but we just did not find the markets. I suppose we are more travel wise now, looking to different sources for the information.

After we left the market it began to rain a little, by the time we arrived at our final host it was pouring. Just a short distance from the centre of down town Paso Robles but  in a very rural, deep valley so common to the geography of this area, is Stacked Stone Winery.


Our host collected us in his covered golf cart, hoping to shelter us from the worst of the storm for  the short distance from the parking area to the tasting room. What a contrast from the busy full room at Tobin James – we had the undivided attention of Don the owner. We were interested to be able to talk with the wine maker, asking lots of questions which had been building in our minds as we had toured the vineyards. He patiently answered them while we sipped and tasted his very good wines!

Good things have a habit of ending quickly and our week of wine seemed soon over. Bitter sweet getting on the road again as we were looking forward to another section of coastline this one taking us along Highway 1 to Big Sur.


One Response to “Wine? a little!”

  1. Sue April 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    beautiful color material!
    we are headed to Morro Bay NEXT weekend.

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