Tasting flights usually consist of seven pours-
3 whites and 4 reds. Some weekends they have live music and food. We’ve had some pretty amazing tri-tip there! Anyways, always a staple on our Santa Ynez trips. Sometimes we even stop there on
The varietals that you'll find here are Syrahs, Pinot Noirs, Rosés, and Chardonnays. They also have what could be one of our favorite Viogniers ever.
It is always a nice get-away, and on a good day, is just a two hour drive from Los Angeles... and a beautiful drive at that; right along the coast. It feels like you’re so FAR from LA. Secondly, the staff is unbelievably sweet and always so fun! They are very passionate about their wine, and it shows! And last, but not least, of course- the wine! It really is a perfect combination of what you are looking for when you go wine tasting.
Sadly though, it's in its last vintage, because they recently sold
vineyards and rolling mountains.
Melville Tasting Room-
I know, I know, it probably seems like we’re at this winery every other weekend……but, if you have ever been, I think you would understand our fascination. First of all, the winery is just magnificent to look at, with its big yellow structure and red tiled roof, completely surrounded by
just to see what they’re pouring. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
our way to or from Paso Robles,
the vineyard. Get your hands on this, if you can, because it is delish! In fact, their 2009 vintage scored a 93 with Robert Parker.
All of their wines are relatively reasonably priced, and are constantly getting great reviews and high ratings. Michael actually joined their wine club; first at an entry level, and then he increased his member ship to their highest level. Admittedly, it's a lot of vino, but some of their wines are made in very small quantities and are only offered to their wine club members. We'd be pretty bummed to have missed out! Plus, they have some pretty great, members only pick up parties!
They have a nice swag area too- the last time we were there, we noticed that they had added some new fun merchandise (candles and hoodies, to be specific), to their existing coasters, hats, and t-shirts display.
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