February 5, 2012
Previously un-visited Arroyo Grande/Edna Valley Wineries

Bob, Sandy, Lynn, and Jamie headed out on another "nowhere we've been before" wine tasting trip in our own backyard: Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley area. And they all turned out to be delightful discoveries: Clesi Wines, Stephen Ross Wine Cellars, and Kynsi Winery.

Clesi Wines was our first stop. This is an appointment-only winery which I managed to connect with Superbowl Sunday morning and set up a 1pm meeting time. The owner showed up and we thoroughly enjoyed him and his wines. They do but a thousand cases a year (or so). Had a couple varietals we'd never had before: dolcetto and malvasia bianca. Like them both. They also have a barbera from San Benito County, so we had to tell him a little about benitoite. Clesi is co-located with Per Bacco Winery (along the highway 101 west-side frontage road just south of Los Osos Valley Road).

A Per Bacco chandelier (with little lights in all the bottles)!

Per Bacco's back yard.

Bocci Ball, or a constellation, or a unique group of star system objects in quarter-phase.

Stephen Ross Wine Cellars

We got the grand tour...

Kynsi Winery

Kynsi is Finnish for talons, which Bob is demonstrating.

We made it home for pizza and the second half of the Super Bowl...

Jamie Foster Photography