Gluten-Free Wine Tasting in Paso Robles and the Central Coast

 

 

By Denise Pedrow

This past holiday weekend, my family and I went to Paso Robles to enjoy the wineries and eclectic central coast vibes.  I usually travel prepared with gluten-free bread and crackers.  This weekend  I was happily surprised to find out how many gluten-free options could be found on the California Central Coast.

Our first visit was to the always spectacular Daou Winery and Vineyards, 2777 Hidden Mountain Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.  My husband and I are true Cabernet Sauvignon fans and Daou has some of California’s best!  Due to the holiday weekend, I had remembered to call ahead and make a tasting reservation.  In the tasting room we sat at a table and ordered a cheese plate.  Brian was pouring for us and we were quickly engaged with him discussing the wonderful qualities of the wines.   The lit-from-within onyx bar in the center of the tasting room is stunning.  It rivals the breathtaking views out the glass walls, where the vineyards and central valley spread out as far as the eye can see.

Dauo Onyx Bar

The wine flight started with a refreshing and light, “flamingo pink” 2016 Daou Estate Rose’, then moved on to a crisp and pale 2016 Daou Estate Sauvignon Blanc that paired wonderfully with the fully-loaded cheese board.  When we requested “gluten free” bread, it arrived lightly toasted in short order.  We continued with our wine flight and tasted a golden 2016 Daou Reserve Chardonnay that really delivered an incredible butterscotch flavored finish to the delight of everyone in our party.  Next, we got to taste the reds.  We enjoyed the 2016 Daou Aux and 2016 Soul of the Lion; two amazing, full-bodied red blends that have never disappointed our “California Big Red” palates.

For a meal option, we returned to a favorite Paso Robles restaurant, Fish Gaucho-1244 Park St. Paso Robles, CA 93446.  Warm house-made corn tortilla chips with a “flight” of salsas called “Trio of Salsas “was the perfect appetizer.  My husband and I shared delicious fish tacos made with cod caught that day off the Cayucos coastline just a few miles away.  Our daughter enjoyed Chili Relleno Fundido-fresh crab and chorizo stuffed pasilla peppers.  This is addicting California Mexican Cuisine at its finest!

Our breakfasts were taken at the Cowgirl Café’-1316 Pine St. Paso Robles, CA  93446.  It is everything that you would hope for in a classic diner for breakfast.  The portions are large, eggs and omelets cooked to order.  The hash browns are crunchy and golden brown.  I was disappointed that they didn’t yet have a gluten-free option for pancakes or bread, but I made do with a side order of grits, generously covered in butter and maple syrup.

On our last day in the central coast, we made the two-hour road trip north to explore Pebble Beach in Monterey, California.  After marveling at the amazing natural beauty on the “17-Mile Drive”, we stopped for lunch at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.  The Tap Room, 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA  93953, has warm wood paneling and walls covered in glittering golf memorabilia that dazzled our eyes as we relaxed with a glass of 2016 Rombauer Chardonnay.  The buttery wine paired very well with a Caesar Salad, no croutons and plump, grilled shrimp.

We returned home, relaxed and soaked through with central coast sunshine, Monterey briny salt air and that distinctive, mineral and earth fragrance that wafts up from the vineyards.  We had sipped wine, dined like kings and enjoyed vistas that energized our souls.  It won’t be long before the call of the central coast brings us back to Paso Robles again.

Daou Vineyards

 

Photo Credits: Denise Pedrow

 

Denise Pedrow is a lifestyle writer who loves to travel, dine like a queen on the best  food and wine and coach people on the benefits of eating gluten-free for better health.  She lives in Thousand Oaks, California with her husband and children.  On most weekends, Denise is searching out the newest eatery, wine tasting room or food festival and enjoying them while staying within her dietary limitations. When she is not dining out, Denise can be found in the kitchen cooking up delicious gluten-free dishes or baked goods that she shares with her family and friends. 


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