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Posted Jun 1, 2017
Santa Barbara & Paso Robles

When a Research & Development trip means wine tasting and eating your way through Santa Barbara (SB) and Paso Robles (Paso), you know you’ve found the right job.

Back in March, we took an R&D trip up to Santa Barbara and Paso Robles. Having spent a decent amount of time in SB in the past, we were looking forward to tasting through Paso, as we had spent little time there before. The purpose of visiting these regions of California was to taste new wine, meet with a various winemakers, and to learn more about the general lay of the land. Below you will find our itinerary.

If you are looking for new, up and coming wineries to visit, head to Santa Barbara and/or Paso Robles. The wine makers are unique, innovative and aren’t afraid of trying new things…believe us when we tell you, they are on to something! If you find yourself planning a trip, don’t hesitate to reach out. We will guide you in the right direction and help you make the most of your time. Until the next trip…Cheers!

Argaux Santa Barbara/Paso Robles R&D Trip

Sunday, March 26th ~ SB
7:30pm Somerset Restaurant

Patio @ Somerset Restaurant

Monday, March 27th ~ SB
12:00pm Lunch cooked by Jim Clendenen @ Au Bon Climat with Marc Piro
3:30pm Tour and Tasting with Jared @ Grassini Family Vineyards
7:30pm Toma Restaurant

One of our favorite winemakers ~ Marc Piro (he makes killer Pinot Noir)

Bottling @ Au Bon Climat

Jim Clendenen, owner of ABC ~ he made an amazing gourmet lunch for us!

No shortage of wine during lunch

Marc giving us a tour

Grassini Family Vineyards

Grassini Family Vineyards is a must visit

Happy Canyon ~ drive to & from Grassini Family Vineyards

Tuesday, March 28th ~ Paso
11:00am Denner Vineyards
2:00pm Adelaida Vineyards Tasting Room
3:30pm Caliza Winery
7:45pm Fish Gaucho Restaurant

Denner Vineyards 

Crisp morning in Paso 

Touring & Tasting at Denner Vineyards

Adelaida Vineyards Tasting Room

Caliza Winery

After tasting quite a bit of Red Wine 

Wednesday, March 29th ~ Paso
10:00am Onx Wines Tasting & Tour
11:30am Turley

Onx Tasting Room in Tin City

Wasabi & Ginger (the two dogs) wanted some attention while we were touring

Tour of Onx Vineyard

Tractor Shed Bar ~ a place for guests to hangout while at the vineyard

We met Brian while traveling through Europe ~ we were glad to finally get to Paso and taste more of his wine!

Pictures don’t do Onx vineyard justice

Thursday, March 30th ~ SB
9:30am Ernst Storm

Wine for Breakfast

Cheers from your Pocket Somm! – ARGAUX


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