Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A remarkable aspect of the Pacific Coast Wine Trail which winds its way on the Highway One Discovery Route is that one can visit five of the wineries in Cambria.  Four of the wineries have tasting rooms on one block of the downtown area. 
They are Black Hand Cellars, Moonstone Cellars, Twin Coyotes Winery and Cutruzzola Vineyards.  At Black Hand we met the owner, Tom Banish, and he told us of his vineyards which are located at San Miguel.  We also stopped in at Moonstone Cellars but they were busy with a room full of tasters so we moved on . 
We also wanted to look in at Twin Coyotes and Cutruzzola but both were closed at the time of our visit.
Just about five minutes further out in the City is Stolo Family Vineyards which includes 22 acres of vineyards, the winery and tasting room.
Here we met General Manager Maris Stolo Bennetti, Winemaker Nicole Bertotti Pope and Tina Roca  of the tasting staff.  In Cambria Stolo is the only one that offers a visit which includes looks at the modern winery and vineyards spread on the hillsides of Santa Rosa Valley.  The property has been owned by the Stolo family for generations.
The property includes a very nice tasting room and adjoining is a patio ready for tasting and picnics.  We enjoyed a box lunch here with Winemaker Nicole Pope and Maria Stolo.

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