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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!



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.




Great- now we have to do it again!

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Several months ago,  I ventured out to town to see Bottle Shock the movie. It is based on the true and historic story of when, in 1976, California wines were submitted in a blind tasting against noted French wines … and won!

I enjoyed watching the story unfold about the various struggles between a father and son, the pursuit of a dream, and the hard work that goes into farming. This story really demonstrates the growing pains of a young wine business.

There were more than a few great lines. Several of them reminded me of why I love this life we’ve chosen, and why I embrace the struggle of farming a vineyard. Farming is a great analogy for life. My experience of “living on some land” has given me a great appreciation for this fact. Farming is a daily reminder that many things in life are out of our control.  First-hand experience has increased my understanding of why Jesus often used a vineyard as a parable in his teachings.  I try to remind my children that they have more control over their reaction to life’s events than the events themselves.

My favorite line from the movie is the title of this post. In farming, you work all year for the harvest and when it’s done, you start all over again. Sending my kids to school feels much the same; with a new year comes new expectations, new teachers and new schedules. Life often comes at us in cycles. Like housework, homework and cooking, there is always a do-it-again around every corner.

So, I give this film a tip of the wine glass and a recommendation to see it if you have the chance. I think many will enjoy this slice-of-life story that gives a nod to the American dream and American spirit of hard work.  Bottle Shock is now available at your local blockbuster or netflix.

Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock

Disclaimer: As a California vineyard owner I am definitely a biased reviewer!
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 NIV