Monthly Archives: February, 2011

Dascomb Cellars: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Dascomb Cellars www.dascombcellars.com 1659 Copenhagen, Suite C, Solvang, CA 93463 (map link) (805) 691-9175 Deciding you’re done tasting is something of a challenge in Solvang. There’s always one more tasting room enticing you to taste a little more, one more place that comes highly recommended. It can be hard to resist. If tasting in Solvang […]

Lucas and Lewellen: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Lucas and Lewellen Vineyards llwine.com 1645 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, California 93463 (map) 805-686-9336 From Mandolina, we walked straight down the block to Lucas and Lewellen. The tasting room is beautiful and elegant, with an extremely long bar that can handle many people. Tommy and Judy, the friendly, lively tasting staffers, are more than up to […]

Mandolina: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Mandolina mandolinawines.com 1665 Copenhagen Dr., Solvang, CA 93463 (map) 805-344-3000 We told the folks at Presidio that we especially like trying wines from wineries that are offering wine in non-French styles. The folks at Presidio immediately told us to head down to Mandolina for our next tasting. While the interior decorating style of Mandolina may […]

Presidio: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Presidio Vineyard & Winery presidiowinery.com 1603 Copenhagen Dr Ste 1, Solvang, CA 93463 (map link) (805) 693-8585 If you’ve only heard of Solvang but never visited, it would be easy to assume its Danish heritage and theme would produce a corny, cheesetastic experience. The reality is quite different. Yes, nearly every building in town is […]

Loring Wine Company: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Loring Wine Company loringwinecompany.com 1591 E Chestnut Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-4942 (map) 805-742-0478 We knew we only had time for one more winery. We dithered for a moment in the pouring rain, then dashed to Loring Wine Company for one reason: because their graphic design is darn cool. Little did we know that many of […]

Taste of Sta. Rita Hills: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Taste of Sta. Rita Hills www.tasteofstaritahills.com 1505 E. Chestnut Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436 (map link) (805) 735-8774 Ah, the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. So unassuming outside, so delicious inside. Sta. Rita Hills is a teeny tiny little appellation located between Buellton and Lompoc, in Santa Barbara County. Some of the wineries there are so small and […]

Palmina: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Palmina palminawines.com 1520 East Chestnut Court, Lompoc, California 93436 (map) 805-735-2030 For the day after my 40th birthday, we decided to go to a wine area we’d never been to before. But there were so many to choose from! Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang, Santa Barbara…Then I read a great comment […]

Anglim Winery: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Anglim Winery anglimwinery.com 740 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (map) 805-227-6813 The tasting room for Anglim Winery is housed in Paso Robles’ historic train station. The rail tracks still run behind the building, and while we were there, the one Amtrak train of the day came through, as you can see by the photo […]

Ortman Family Vineyards: 40th Birthday Road Trip

Ortman Family Vineyards ortmanwines.com 1317 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 (map) 805-237-9009 Things looked a little dicey due to work commitments, but in the end we were able to get out of town on my 40th birthday. Our first stop was a town we’d visited on our first vacation together, Paso Robles. All of […]

Lodi Wine and Visitor Center: In Love with Lodi

Lodi Wine & Visitor Center www.lodiwine.com 2545 W. Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242 (map link) (209) 365-0621 The order of words in the name is telling. It’s not the Lodi Visitor and Wine Center. Sure, that wouldn’t roll off the tongue as smoothly as Lodi Wine and Visitor Center, but it’s more than that. The […]