Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Road Trip Part VIII - Paso Robles, Day 1

The next day we drove the 5 hours to Paso Robles, stopping at Chili's along the way for lunch. Once we got into Paso, we went straight to the inn, Canyon Villa. Although we loved the Farmhouse Inn (the best of all the places we stayed on this trip), the Canyon Villa was a real find. It is a beautiful house that looks like a Tuscan villa, perched on a hill overlooking vineyards. The owners, Diane and Jim, were gracious hosts who run this 4 room inn with what seems like effortless ease. We were shown the Siena room, which is in the front of the house, and which boasts a jacuzzi tub, fireplace and a little balcony from where we could see tons of deer each morning on the hiilside. We were the only guests for the first night of our stay, and enjoyed the daily wine and appetizer hour outside watching the sunset by ourselves before making our way to Deborah's Room at the Justin Winery for dinner.

The winery is pretty far from the main area of Paso, and we were late for our reservations, but the waitstaff was gracious about our tardiness. Dinner was another multi-course extravaganza with wine pairing. I had the cannelloi (very good), foie gras (great), trout (the winner, especially the 2-way cauliflower), and the shortcake (also very good). Steve had the bisque, the scallops (very good), the short rib (tender with an amazing sauce), and the S'mores (good) The waiter poured us way more wine than was on the menu, which was great, but boy, were we full afterward. Deborah's room has only 6 tables, and is very beautiful and romantic, so I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion. We will be back the next time we are in Paso. Dinner came to $300 with tip.

Click below to enlarge the food menu and the wine menu:

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