4:00 to 5:30 pm
$10.00 per person
$5.00 is credited toward purchase of the featured wines below
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It is time for our annual Opolo tasting event with Cary Thrasher representing the winery and doing the pouring duty. Besides being entertaining, he is very knowledgeable on the specifics of Opolo artistry in the bottle. We are expanding the number of wines being offered to eight for the afternoon which should keep your taste buds actively attenuated. Opolo owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols have been neighbors in two counties since 1997 when Nichols bought vineyard property adjoining Quinn’s. Together they now own about 280 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, about 200 acres on the Eastside and 80 on the Westside. I highly recommend a visit to their lovely property and especially to the B&B in the vineyards at the winery.
Opolo Vineyards Sparkling Wine
LIST PRICE 12.50; OUR PRICE 11.50
This is a pleasant little sparkler that pleases with its floral melon and peach character. You would not confuse it with a bottle of Champagne, but the price allows for a considerable amount of lessened discretion.
2011 Opolo Vineyards Roussanne, Central Coast
LIST PRICE 19.99; OUR PRICE 15.99
The Roussanne vine has travelled well from the Rhone Valley of France to California’s Central Coast. Like Chardonnay, it is a full bodied white wine leaning more towards pear in its flavor profile than the apple character of Chardonnay. This wine exhibits as well hints of citrus, vanilla and honey. It was aged on French and Hungarian oak accounting, no doubt, for the honey and toast elements.
2010 Opolo Vineyards Grande Rouge, Paso Robles
LIST PRICE 19.99; OUR PRICE 15.99E
veryone appreciates a good blend and this one never fails to please. This vintage features Counoise, Grenache and Syrah. It is never heavy, but delightful in its ability to dominate the bouquet and palate with bright fruit and spice. Blueberries and blackberries titillate the palate while mellow tannins round out the mouth feel.
2007 Opolo Vineyards Merlot, Paso Robles
LIST PRICE 18.00; OUR PRICE 14.25
True to its varietal flavors, this wine showcases the potential of Merlot in the Paso Robles area. Aromas of black cherry, plum, chocolate and red currant magnify the approachability of this wine, while soft tannins and oak nuances lead to a refined mouth feel.
2010 Opolo Vineyards Montagna-Mare, Paso Robles
LIST PRICE 25.00; OUR PRICE 22.50
Typically, this blend consists of Barbera and Sangiovese which serves to advance the Italian theme viticulturally in the Paso Robles area. This is a big wine for a Barbera or for a Sangiovese and is not to be confused with the lighter framework of Italy’s Piedmont product. It shows good fruit but reveals itself mainly in its long spicy oak development.
2010 Opolo Vineyards Petite Sirah, Paso Robles
LIST PRICE 25.00; OUR PRICE 22.50
The dark color of this wine creates a sense of expectancy for the dark berry and deep plumy character to come. The bright blueberry is a pleasant surprise, but the wine continues the unveiling with well extracted vanilla bean, black licorice and cherry notes. The finish is long while balanced with firm tannins.
2010 Opolo Vineyards Summit Creek Zinfandel, Paso Robles
LIST PRICE 19.99; OUR PRICE 16.99
The Summit Creek runs through the vineyard the winery owns in the Santa Lucia Mountains. This is an approachable wine that is ready to drink today, although the dark color and youthful fruitiness indicates that it will likely cellar well for a few years. The fruit is very forward featuring ripe black cherry and raspberry flavors alongside a nice nuance of spice.
2009 Opolo Vineyards Mountain Zinfandel, Paso Robles
LIST PRICE 24.00; OUR PRICE 21.99
From the bigger is better school of winemaking this wine shows a bountiful bouquet of fruit featuring pomegranate, fig, and cranberry. In the mouth raspberry jam dominates the mid-palate nuanced by savory butterscotch overtones. Vanilla, white and cayenne peppers, and cinnamon spice make for a lively finish. “Bigger” reflects the 16.1% alcohol.