|View of Justin Winery from the balcony of our room
|Look closely, the flower buds are just starting for the grape bunches. So cute!
4X800/3minRest; 2X400/90sR (9:00; 8:51; 9:01; 9:06; 8:33; 8:53)
E and I are not as hardcore as some folks when it comes to wine-tasting. It turns out, we're on roughly the same speed as his folks, which was a pleasant surprise. We've done trips with people who want to hit 15 wineries -- it's just so exhausting and, honestly, not fun for us after the first few. This trip was gloriously mellow and perfect.
Thursday we toured Justin and did a seated tasting in their special members' only lounge (that you get access to with the tour, even if you aren't a member). 1 winery, dinner out in town, and some post-dinner wine was perfect for us.
Friday, we had a leisurely morning (okay, some were more leisurely than others, I had some client commitments, so I worked while E and his dad hiked), and then we headed out for an olive oil farm tasting.
|Kiler Ridge Olive Oil Tasting -- Highly Recommended.
From there we quickly snacked on nuts and cheese to fortify ourselves and then toured and tasted at Tablas Creek (also highly recommended) before closing out the day at Brecon Estate (where there are picnic tables and the tasting servers will come to you with your next pour instead of requiring you to stand at the tasting bar). For dinner we did the 5+ course meal at Justin and all of us agreed that it was amazing. There are only 6 tables in the restaurant. The night that we ate there, they only served 3 tables, each seated 30 minutes apart. There was one server. One head chef. One sous chef. It was by far the most intimate meal out I'd ever experienced.
|View of the Paso Robles hills from Kiler Ridge.
Saturday AM, I took advantage of our location to run 2.25 miles in the vineyards under the fog from the Pacific, fitting in hill repeats on the tractor trails and paved sections wherever I found a good hill on the property (which I had to myself). I did this workout without any music or phone, just me, the early morning vineyard noise and the fog. I only had 30 minutes, but I made the most of it, enjoying one of the more satisfying workouts I've done in a long time.
|Venus next to the moon on our drive back from town on Thursday after dinner.
Overall, I'd say my biggest emotion about last week was gratitude. I was so grateful to be healthy and run when I could but not feel any pressure to do more than made sense. I was even more grateful that E's parents came to us to spend time with us. And, of course, I was grateful, as always, at just how gorgeous California is, and how lucky I am to be able to live here (and to visit the part of the state where some of my family is from).