Friday, April 04, 2014

Cambria and Paso Robles Update

The November 2010 issue of "Rick's Tips," Blue Heron's quarterly newsletter, discussed visiting the Hearst Castle and Paso Robles wine country."  I've just had a quick return visit to the area and here are few new tips.

Farmstead 46, the deli I mentioned in "Rick's Tips," is no more.  The building now houses Cypher Winery.  Like most wineries in this area, Zinfandel and Rhone varietals (Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre) predominate.  The tasting room staff were friendly and the wines well made.  The winery hopes to open a restaurant featuring small plates and pizzas by the summer.  If you visit later this year, post a comment on the food.

I visited two other friendly wineries with good wine:  Peachy Canyon and Castoro Cellars.  These are large producers for the region; making 50,000 and 100,000 cases respectively.  The wines are good and the staff friendly.  Castoro Cellars' tasting rooms has many wine accessories and nick-knacks for sale.

The town square in Paso Robles has even more shops, tasting rooms, and restaurants around it.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the opportunity to visit any of them.

In Cambria, Creekside Garden Cafe is a great spot for breakfast.  Wild Ginger is a  small restaurant serving very good pan-Asian food.

The Hearst Castle has revamped its tours.  There are now three daytime tours covering different parts of the building.  These tours are shorter than the old tours but allow visitors to explore the gardens on their own. Evening tours are offered in the spring and fall.

If you are planning a California vacation, I recommend a day or two on the Central Coast.  There's pretty scenery, interesting attractions, and good wine and food. Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel can provide you with a one-way or round-trip tour to the Central Coast starting and/or ending in San Francisco. For more information, phone (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.