Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Greeter at Saucelito Canyon

100 California Wineries



This friendly little pug is the official greeter at the Saucelito Canyon winery, which is located on Biddle Ranch Road, just outside San Luis Obispo.  Zinfandel lovers the world-over find their way to this small family-run winery in this dry chaparral area of central California.  Evidently there are a lot of us out there because even on a Thursday afternoon, the wine tasting room was packed.  The crowd didn't faze this little pug one bit.  He made the rounds, coming up to each and every one of us.
We tasted five wines:  The just released 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, the 2012 Cote de Blanc and three Zinfandels.  The Zinfandels, as promised, were rich and velvety.  People were buying them by the case.  This is an historic winery.  In 1880, three acres of Zinfandel vines were planted here and a hundred years later, Bill Greenough restored these old vines using dry-farming methods.  His son Tom is now the wine maker and continues to turn out complex Zins every year.  We ended up buying the 2012 Zinfandel Dos Ranches, a singular Zin, rather than the blends.  We will save it for a cold winter evening.  We also bought the Cote de Blanc (which we will open like RIGHT NOW).
As an avid traveler who loves wine, it is a no-brainer to want to explore the wineries of California, but I want to stress the fact that even if you don't drink wine, these venues are worth a stop.  Almost all of them are postcard picturesque and have areas for relaxation and picnics.  Many of the wineries also sell gourmet food items and non-alcoholic drinks.  And if you're a dog lover, well . . . put Saucelito Canyon on your itinerary.  The greeter is too cute!


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