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We gathered with some friends and shared a glass!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

The SRV gang headed south to Arroyo Grande with some family and friends to support a new very cool wine bar. 


Gather wine bar is a cozy place that serves all their wines by the glass. 

One really unique aspect of this wine bar is the owner’s desire to focus on local wines!  That is just one of my favorite things about Kari and her new wine bar.   Kari left her day job in software to pursue her dream of owning a wine bar and has not looked back.  I find some similarities between Kari and the SRV gang and although we still have our day jobs, we have all jumped in to a new adventure of following a dream. 

kari_smallOn Gather’s website Kari states ” Showcasing Central Coast wines is not just something we think everyone should do in the San Luis Obispo area, we think the wines are the best there are.”    Gather has a great atmosphere with comfy couches and a laid back feel.  She serves some very yummy small plates; including pizza, olive tapenade, and some wonderful cheeses. However if you are in the mood for a burrito from the restaurant down the street, Kari will encourage you to bring it in and enjoy it with a glass of wine.  She will let you bring in just about any food  and is happy to show you her neighbor’s menus so you can order in.  She simply stated; “I am not in the buisness of selling food, my buisness is to sell wine!”   Gather has a nice presence on facebook, so the social networking people can plug in and free wifi is available in the bar.    Gather has been doing very well since opening it’s doors in March 2009. 

One last note about this special spot is that Sunset Ridge is on the menu. That is right, you can enjoy our 2006 Petite Sirah by the glass, while it lasts!



Pier 19

Thursday, April 9th, 2009
It was a clear beautiful day in San Francisco.  During my spring break I traveled North to visit various restaurants and wine folk in an effort to market our Petite Sirah.
I had an appointment at Fine Wines International  with an address on Pier 19.  I was thrilled to find parking across the street and I fed the meter a dollar in quarters.  In San Francisco parking can be a major obstacle and expense.  
Time to retrieve my phone from the depths of my purse and give the business a ring.  I needed a little directional help because I could not figure out where on pier 19 this business was located.  I was greeted by a pleasant sounding gentlemen who informed me that I needed to drive into Pier 19 and park inside.  I questioned him twice, because I had never driven into a pier.  Visions of the police following me with sirens blaring swarmed in my head.  I am a California native and have lived near San Francisco in the pre-kid years, but had never heard of driving into a pier.  008wp1He reassured me that it was quite all right, so I dutifully gave up my metered parking spot and pulled around to the pier. 
 I turned in to see  a  narrow driveway lined with fenced cubicles draped in blue tarps.  Each large square fenced cubicle housed a business. Many of the businesses seemed to be related to wine.  After locating  Fine Wines and entering the blue tarped cubicle, to my surprise, I found a free standing building inside the space. Once inside, the industrial feel of the pier faded away and I was standing  in a tastefully decorated office space.

 While inside I looked out the window that opened up to the bay.  A large metal door stood open to expose the pier across the water.  The view revealed old abandoned railroad tracks that had been used to load cargo directly from ship to rails many years ago.  Glancing back towards the city, the view highlighted a very famous landmark  Coit Tower.  This was such a surprise to discover this site so rich in history,  a side of San Francisco I had never seen or experienced.  Our meeting began and they were very positive about my wine.  I asked permission to blog about their unique location, they granted my request and I hope I will be returning in the years to come. 

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Hotel Cheval

Monday, March 30th, 2009

 The Hotel Cheval has added us to their wine list. We were so excited that we decided to head out to their wine bar called “The Pony Club” and check it out.  We took pictures and reminisced about our journey.  We celebrated our accomplishments and talked about our plans for the future over some wine. They allow their guests to build a custom flight of any three wines from the “By the Glass” list.  So we ordered a Viognier, a Pinot Noir and ended with our 2006 Petite Sirah.

The Hotel Cheval is, in my opinion, Paso Robles’ finest boutique luxury hotel, located in the heart of Downtown.  The Hotel Cheval offers well-traveled guests an experience unlike any other in the area.   Located just off the Lobby, The Pony Club bar is small but inviting. The Parisian inspired horseshoe-shaped zinc bar, with high open beamed wood ceilings, is the perfect spot to meet friends and taste some of Paso Robles’ finest wines.  chester_thehorse

“Chester,” and the Hotel’s Carriage, await guests on weekends to take you to any downtown location you desire.