Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wine Tasting at Epoch Winery-What to Wear, and how to Pack a Simple Picnic

Hi All!  Sorry for the late post but we have been without power for five (count them) days.  We have a back up generator as of last night.  Apparently power will be restored tomorrow night late.  It has been a crazy winter here on the Central Coast !! Those of you that follow me on instagram know that we have a second home in the Paso Robles Wine Country.  We try to get down at least once a month and we always enjoy wine tasting. One of our favorites is Epoch Winery.

Epoch, founded in 2004, quickly developed a reputation for small production,artisnal wines.  Their new tasting room is built on the bones of the Old York Mountain Winery which was established in 1882 and was the county's first bonded winery.   The owners Bill and Liz Armstrong (both geologists) started Epoch over ten years ago after purchasing the vineyard that once belonged to locally renowned Polish Pianist and politician Ignacy Paderewski (pictured above).  The Armstrong’s opened a temporary tasting facility on the mountain in 2010; also known as the chicest double wide trailer on the Central Coast.

Applying the same meticulous attention to the design and architectural detailing , the couple recently completed the reconstrucion of  the old York Mountain Winery on the site.

The new facility has a look that appears minimalist and unfinished but is cleverly cohesive and chic. The exterior walls were salvaged, and the interiors are filled with repurposed metals, woods, and brick from the original winery.

The finished interiors have a raw, earthy, masculine vibe that suits the site.  The end result is a marriage of contemporary craftsmanship and historical integrity.

The original fireplace was salvaged and incorporated into the outdoor space.

The landscape is minimal but purposeful with respect to the location and integrity of the land.

We often eat lunch out at one of Paso's great restaurants and dinner in. Since there are so many wineries with such great spots to picnic I thought I would give you some ideas on what to wear and how to pack a simple picnic.  Why not pack a simple lunch of cheese and fruit. There are a number of things to consider such as fat, texture, acidity and tanin when pairing wine and cheese. I am breaking it down to basics so even a novice (like me) can't screw it up!

This time of year (if it isn't raining) most mornings are cool and it warms up in the afternoon.  I wore my Calder Vest by Cynthia Ashby for Artful Home with a black turtleneck, leggings and boots.  On a warmer day I would pair it with flats and the mesh layering tee, also from Cynthia Ashby.  I have always wanted to get a nice fully equipped picnic basket an my husband always has a thermal carrier for the wine so it doesn't get too warm. Here are some wine tasting essentials for your day trip.
wine tasting in paso robles-epoch winery
1. French Cheeses 2. Picnic Basket 3 French Bread 4. Calder Vest Cynthia Ashby for Artful Home 5. Wine Carrier with tools 6. Eat this With Paso Robles Win7. Winery Map

Here is a snap of me and my pal Mary Ann (at Farmers Union Pour House) in my Cynthia Ashby vest.I love standing next to Mary Ann it is the only time I feel statuesque.

I hope the weather is nice where you are.  We are hoping for a couple days of sunshine here!
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  1. Thanks for the information on the Winery, My son lives in Los Gatos and loves to go to winery's. I am going to send him the information on this Winery.

    You look very dashing in your outfit. Looks like you and Mary Ann could be getting into
    trouble lol.

    Again thanks for the tips on a picnic. I know what I m getting Shaun for his Bday - a great picnic basket.

    Beautiful day to day, little chilly, but the beautiful sun is shining.


  2. The winery looks gorgeous and you always dress so well. Winter has certainly been interesting this year, as I write the UK is being battered by another named storm, our eldest daughter who is there says it is quite violent! Hope you get your power restored as promised tomorrow, we only realise how much we rely on electricity when we don't have it.

  3. You crack me are so tall :) I love that vest on you! It is so unique and stylish!

  4. i feel a big tinge of jealousy over taking me :-) so dreamy and fun, besides looking so darn cute. (all said in a "winey" voice)

  5. OK, now you've really got me itching for another trip up to Paso. How nice that you can enjoy winery hopping on a regular basis. I must plan another trip soon.

  6. A very well done work bringing many new things, congratulations

  7. One of these days I will get back out to enjoyed my trip 8 years ago!


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