When people think of wine tasting, Napa Valley is usually the first place that comes to mind – Sonoma County is a close second. However, as someone who was raised by a family of wine fanatics, I’ve been taught that while Napa has some delicious wineries (well worth visiting!), the Central Coast has some of California’s finest hidden gems…the Paso Robles region alone has nearly 200 wineries across 26,000 vineyard acres!
After spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Los Angeles, we began the long drive back on Saturday. Having driven the I-5 more times than I’d like to admit in my lifetime, we decided to take the more scenic route on 101 and stop at one of my favorite wineries in Templeton: Jack Creek Cellars.
For all you who enjoy a fine wine, Jack Creek produces a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Rosé. While they don’t sell in many retail shops, by joining their wine club, you are guaranteed at least one case per year…and if you’re anything like me, you’ll be begging for more (the Pinot Noir Reserve is an absolute must try).
Neighboring wineries Turley Wine Cellars and Booker Vineyard also offered some new favorites. After making our way through both of their tasting menus, we hardly left empty-handed. My recommendations: Turley’s Dusi Zinfandel and Booker’s 2012 Fracture Syrah.