SLO Wineries

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do some ‘homework’, but on Monday in the middle of January with a high temp of 77, made it all too easy to get out there and shoot some pics.  The hubby and I went to two wineries and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Our favorite was our second one: Sextant.  But before I get to that one, we visited Salisbury Vineyards.  It was an 102-year-old restored schoolhouse and they made a very concerted effort to keep some old furniture pieces in the tasting room.  It also has a nice little art gallery attached.  The wines were nice too.  A few of them were on the sweeter/jammier side for my taste buds, but I did enjoy the Syrah that they were pouring!

And now on to our favorite of the day, Sextant.  The nautical theme is subtle but still noticeable.  The bottles are ‘named’ with different nautical themes, such as: Holystone, Wheelhouse, Atlantis, and Kamal.  ‘Holystone’ is defined as a soft sandstone, often used to scrub the decks of ships. The location of the steering wheel of a boat or ship is what ‘Wheelhouse’ means.  ‘Atlantis’ is, of course, the legendary island.  And ‘Kamal’ is a celestial navigation device that determines latitude.  The ‘Kamal’ was my favorite, mainly because it has my favorite grape in the blend: Cab Franc.  The blend is: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot.  My husband loved the 2007 ‘Night Watch’ Zin-Petite Sirah Blend.  We both loved the ‘Genoa’.  The ‘Genoa’ is named after the winemakers wife and it was a very smooth and easy drinkable wine that’s a blend of 45% Petite Sirah, 32% Zinfandel, 19% Syrah, and 4% Grenache.  The famous in-house-deli was closed today (as always is the case on Monday’s and Tuesday’s) but there was a deli cooler case with some morning-made sandwiches and snacks.  But the gourmet deli has an in-house chef that makes some amazing items.  We can’t wait to check them out soon:

And a highlight for us was that they use Riedel glasses.  These are amazing glasses and make a world of difference in the tasting process.  We can’t wait to share this little place with our friends soon.  In the meantime, if you are in the area, do visit them!


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