Driving up the Cuesta Grade
Today was a road trip to North San Luis Obispo County. One of my favorite places for wine and frivolity.
I usually schedule a full day for wineries and a stop in Moro Bay. Today started out cold and overcast by the coast but slowly burnt off as we traveled inland. Going up the Cuesta Grade, just north of San Luis Obispo, we were heralded with patch works of green and bright yellows from all the winter rains dressing the mountains with wild mustard scattered amongst the wild grasses and live oaks. We noticed that many of the grape vines were pruned down to stubs and new sets had been planted. No doubt due to the bad drought that this area has witnessed for the last four years. Thank God for the winter rains, for everything looks very healthy now.
We were on a mission to pick up our wine club order from Peachy Canyon Winery so that was our first stop.
Peachy Canyon Winery, the best place to find a Zinfandel
Peachy Canyon is a small winery that the locals love best where you will find a great Zinfandel. I have been buying from them for years. I joined their wine club once I moved to Arizona so that I could have their wonderful Zins shipped directly to me.
After visiting with the staff, we continued our tastings of some of the other fine vintners on the Central Coast, and then it was time to fill up with food to soak up all that wine. So we headed south on California Rte. 1 to Moro Bay and my favorite lunch spot, Bayside Cafe.
Bay Side Cafe, always the best for fresh from the sea fish
OK, I had been waiting all day, heck, all week for this. A fresh Salmon filet on a pretzel roll and their California Chowder. (Basically clam chowder and green Chilies). The perfect end to a great day of road tripping. I gathered a ton of reference photos and I can’t wait to get back in the studio to paint the memories.
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