I think there is a rule that states “When in California, always stop at a winery when you see one”.
Maybe I made that rule up in my head. Either way, we decided to stop at a winery on our drive back to Sunnyvale from Soledad this weekend. At the advice of a principal at the school that Jules was training at, we took a scenic route back from Soledad. We stumbled across a winery that we have never heard of called Paraiso. We decided to stop there.
Having made it just in time before the tasting room closed, we wandered around the very cute tasting room while trying some of the wonderful wines that they had. After trying basically everything they offered (and signing up for a wine club) we wandered around the beautiful grounds.
Partially carved out of a hillside, the vineyard stretches for acres (over 300 in fact). They have a wonderful space that is dedicated for larger events next to the tasting room which would be perfect for a wedding. They have a lovely fountain that overlooks the valley which is sometimes called the Salad Bowl of America- not making that up!
After getting back on the road, we passed several more vineyards on our way home. Sadly, their tasting rooms were all closed which means we will be headed back in the future.
(Even know they don’t use corks, they have an actual cork tree on their property)