The ESB Founders are leading guests on a one of a kind wine experience in Paso!
From Friday, February 8th to Sunday, February 10th, a small group of ESB members will visit 7 top-rated wineries in Paso Robles. Several of these wineries, including “members only” wineries like Law, Denner, Torrin, and L’Aventure, are planning special cellar, library, or estate tastings specifically for our members.
The registration fee for this excursion includes all wine tastings, Friday and Saturday night dinner (wine included), Saturday lunch, full transportation for Saturday’s events, and Sunday Brunch. Guests are responsible for travel to and from Paso, their accommodations, and Saturday breakfast. ESB has acquired discount rates for two recommended hotels in the area. Throughout this excursion ESB Team will provide water & snacks, and will assist in the transport and care of all members’ wine purchases.
The afternoon will start on Friday 1:00pm, with a private tasting at Denner Vineyards at their exquisite tasting room and beautiful views. The original 96-acres of vineyards were designed and planted by John Crossland of Beckstoffer fame; and most recently the 2015 Ditch Digger and 2015 Dirt Worshipper were both awarded 95 points by Robert Parker. Following Denner will be Tablas Creek Vineyard, where Jason Haas, son of Tablas Creek Vineyard founder and renowned importer Robert Haas, will lead guests through a private Estate tasting and brief tour of the barrel room.Friday and Saturday night dinners have been arranged for the group and all wine and food are included in the registration fee. Rather than prix fixe, the menus have been designed to allow guests to order multiple courses, share dishes, and customize their meal based on their diets and personal tastes; (in the true Epicurean fashion). ESB will also bring some special wines to share with guests at both dinners, and guests’ transportation has been arranged to and from their hotels.
On Saturday, guests have the option of purchasing breakfast at their respective hotels, or neighborhood restaurants. At 9:30 am all guests will be picked up for a day of tasting. The first stop is Law Estate Wines, and their visually spectacular tasting room overlooking the 100% estate grown Law Family Vineyard. Assistant Winemaker Phillip Pfunder, is personally designing “a memorable tasting experience” for the group. Following Law is L’Aventure, where Chloe Asseo, Winemaker Stephan Asseo’s daughter, has also arranged for a cellar walk-through and special library pour. Following the tasting, members will have a family style lunch comprised of artisan charcuterie, cheeses, and antipasti, to enjoy with L’Aventure’s wines courtesy ESB. With bellies satiated and palettes inspirited, we will finish the day with a private tasting with Winemaker Orion Stang of Dilecta, whose interior facade features incredible post-modern artwork by his mother. Orion’s experience working under Eric Jensen of Booker, and his culinary training makes him one of our favorite under-the-radar winemakers of the region. Following Dilecta, we’re planning to sneak in a special visit to Jacob Toft Wines, time permitting!On Sunday morning, guests will pack up and meet at Thomas Hill Organics for brunch. (And what’s brunch without a little Rosé or Sparkling Wine?). After brunch will be the final winery of the weekend: Torrin Wines. Guests will taste through Viquel and Scott Hawley’s Lagom and highly sought after Torrin Wines in their brand new state-of-the-art tasting room, looking over the Willow Creek District.The tasting at Torrin concludes the trip! Guests can opt to drive back to Santa Barbara or stay in town to visit one or more wineries. Amy and Keith plan to make the most of the weekend and visit one additional tasting room, Booker, and end the weekend with Burger Night at Chef Drew Terp’s restaurant, Pico, in Los Alamos. Join us, won’t you?
Upon registration, ESB will send codes and instructions for discounted rates
Adelaide Inn – The Discount rate of $138.60/night
Adelaide in offers humble, yet spacious and comfortable accommodations and great service. This is an ESB favorite. The Adelaide Inn has set aside Executive King rooms and Double Queen rooms for Feb 8.-Feb 10, 2019.
Allegretto Resort – Discounted rate of $239/night
Allegretto Resort is a luxurious hotel whose luxurious architecture and design is inspired by Ancient Rome and the Far East. Also on site is the Allegretto tasting room, which is a great way to start the day if you arrive early.
Hotel Au Cheval – $525/night
Hotel Au Cheval is a boutique luxury hotel with only 16 rooms, just off Paso Robles’ historic town square. It has thoughtfully designed and refined accommodations, and fine dining options. Enjoy the outdoor wood- burning fireplaces with complimentary S’mores service in the evening, as well as the Library, Spa Treatment and Pony Club Wine Bar. Very limited availability. Walking distance from Hotel Au Cheval is Herman Story’s tasting room, which is a great way to start the day if you arrive early.