Staff Spotlight: Kalie’s Favorite Wineries
Today we’ll be featuring Avila Lighthouse Suites & Inn at the Cove’s General Manager: Kalie H! She loves wine, just like us, and we thought we’d ask her for some advice on the best wineries in San Luis Obispo County. Kalie moved to San Luis Obispo for college, after growing up in Sutter Creek, California. She loves to hike, kayak, garden, wine taste, cook, host parties, and do anything outdoors with her dogs. But one of her biggest passions is wine, something she learned about while working in the restaurant industry for several years.
Q: Where do you like to go Wine Tasting in SLO county?
Kalie: In Edna Valley, Kynsi, Baileyana, Talley are some of my favorites. All of these are the perfect place to picnic, and often have live music on the weekends. Great atmosphere to match award winning wines. In Paso, I love Whalebone, Denner, and Tooth and Nail. All very different atmospheres and fantastic wines!
Q: What local winery do you think is the most beautiful?
Q: What wine would you serve for a summer party?
Kalie: My white wine of choice is most often an oaky and buttery Chardonnay. If I’m in the mood for something crisp and light I enjoy a good Albarino or a white wine called Ecclestone by Tangent (One of Baileyana’s labels).
Q: What about for a relaxing evening at home?
Kalie: I love full bodied reds with notes of dark ripe fruits and black pepper, sometimes described as smoky but with a satiny finish. GSM’s (which is a blend of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah) is one of my favorite blends.
Q: What’s your favorite local wine?
Kalie: One of my favorite local reds to enjoy in the last few months has been BOB wine from Whalebone. It is a blend of Whalebone’s Estate Cabernet and Merlot. Another local favorite is the Ditch Digger from Denner. It is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Cinsaut and Counoise.
Q: Do you have any tips for the best/most efficient way to wine taste?
Kalie: There are several wine tours out there such as Breakaway Tours, Wine Wrangler, Uncorked Wine Tours, Cloud Climbers Jeep tours, and many more. If wanting to visit multiple wineries it is always my suggestion to book a tour. They are a ton of fun and provide a comfortable and safe way to visit multiple wineries in one day. Many of the tours also include lunch. If choosing to drive yourself, I would recommend choosing 2 wineries and packing a lunch. There are extremely limited places to eat within the winery region.
Q: Have you been to any special events or concerts at a local winery?
Kalie: Yes, many. It is a relaxed atmosphere and very enjoyable. Many of the wineries in both regions host events and live music. For example, Sips & Songs at Claiborne and Churchill, Laetitia summer concert series, Tunes at Talley, Harvest festivals throughout the county, Tooth and Nail burgers and music, etc. I would encourage those interested to visit Pasowine.com and www.slowine.com for a full calendar of events.
Q: Of all those, what’s your favorite kind of event to go to?
Kalie: I really enjoy a relaxing afternoon listening to music, sipping wine and taking in the beautiful views of the vineyards. Tunes at Talley and Burgers and music at Tooth and Nail are a couple I have enjoyed recently.
Q: If they only have one afternoon, what wineries should tourists visit?
Kalie: Depending on what their preferences in wine are of course, I would probably recommend the Edna Valley Region. It is smaller and has a diverse list of tasting rooms to meet your desires. For the view I would recommend Wolff, for the fun I would recommend Baileyana (bocce ball courts and a large gift shop), for lunch I would recommend Sextant. They have a deli onsite with lovely sandwich, salad and cheese plate options. A great stopping point for those wanting to have lunch and a delicious glass of wine. They have wines grown in both north county and south county, offering a little bit of something for everyone.
Thanks, Kalie! Hopefully this post inspires you to get out there and try the amazing wine in San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles for yourself! Stay tuned for more staff spotlights in the future, they give you some great advice from the people that call SLO their home. And if you want more advice in the meantime, visit our website!