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 Wine Tasting
pistachios and walnuts from the Kings’ trees are out on the table. Tasters are encouraged to try a “port sandwich” with VDRV’s Barbera Dessert Wine and 75 percent cacao chocolate wine wafers and picnic near a relaxing slate water fountain.
In lieu of a tasting fee there is a carafe for donations to the North County Humane Society, a cause close to Kinig’s heart, confirmed by four friendly dogs who greet every tasting room newcomer.
While looking off to the far off rain clouds for some good news, Dave said, “Dry farming is not meant for economy of scale or for the faint of heart, but we’re still here after 20 years.” Paso Robles now has about 300 wineries out of 4,400 in California. Vista Del Rey has survived as one of the original 30 in Paso Robles. De- spite nearly five years of extreme drought conditions, grim local harvests, and vine stress, Dave said, “We’re still ticking.”
‘Still ticking’ translates to
about 500 cases a year. Presently making the wines at First and Last Winery Tried and true, wine club members hold their allocated stashes with much gratitude.
Dave has no plans to change
what has worked well for 20 years. “It’s our little slice of Heaven,” he said.
Vista Del Rey Vineyards is lo- cated at 7340 Drake Road in Paso Robles. From Highway 101, turn
west on San Marcos Road, about six miles north of Paso Robles. Drake Road is 3.5 miles from the highway. Open Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appoint- ment. (805) 467-2138.
WINTER 2021-22
Open Daily • Walk-ins Welcome • Reservations Recommended
Celebrating over 25 years in Paso Robles
Westside / Templeton Gap • 1380 Live Oak Rd., Paso Robles • (805) 239-2565

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