Our first stop was South Coast Winery. This is a popular Californian winery with beautiful grounds and a wide assortment of wine.
Its wine has won numerous awards, which are displayed along an entire wall in the tasting room.
Our server was very knowledgeable and even gave us a complimentary tasting in honor of Father's Day.
The gift shop was full of charming merchandise for any wine lover.
Mom bought the Ruby Cuvée Syrah for its sparkling berry taste, and it just so happened to match her red, black, and white kitchen ;-)
We built up an appetite after tasting and made our way over to Wilson Creek Winery, which had a quaint picnic area. Families and friends were visiting outside with wine glass in hand. The clouds had cleared, and the weather was perfect.
We found a table and filled ourselves on meats, cheeses, bread, and various side dishes...the ideal wine tasting lunch break.
After our delightful lunch, we made our way to Maurice Car'rie Winery, a casual spot with a home grown feel.
We all tried Papa's Red in honor of our own wonderful Papa. This was one of my favorites - it had a very unique taste.
Cheers to Daddyo!!
Our last stop was Van Roekel Winery, which was just down the street from Maurice Car'rie. The tasting room was lively with a group who had just stepped off their party bus. Luckily we had great service and tasty wine.
They also sold fun accessories for the wine connoisseur.
And other fun gifts...
A SUNday well spent with the family!
"What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile" ~William Sokolin