Lago Giuseppe Winery
Visit and Relax in a Corner of Italy
I remember a delightful fall afternoon, sitting on the patio of Lago Giuseppe Winery, watching hawks soar, listening to the birds, gazing out at the natural lake, as Jeanine Mistretta brought out a beautifully prepared and tasty charcuterie platter, as Joe began pouring wine for us to sample. Located between Paso Robles and Cambria, off Highway 46, this is a true hidden gem that begs you to visit. I felt as if I was in a Tuscan town, overlooking incomparable scenery, experiencing an Italian delight, serenity and relaxation. As we sat there sipping, Joe related to us the history of Lago Giuseppe, commenting, “The Lake is the heartbeat of the property.” Sitting there on that fall afternoon I could feel what Joe meant…… this is a perfect place to experience the heartbeat of Lago Giuseppe Winery, wine country and life itself.
Food, Wine & Famiglia
This is the perfect trifecta, however, it is the famiglia (family) that truly brings together the food and wine experience. It’s the dream of Joe and Jeanine’s that has created this Italian refuge surrounded by nature, and it is the family that will greet you, pour your wine and welcome you into their family.
The Wines: Joe wanted to offer a variety of wines with a focus on his 100% Sicilian heritage. Robert Fuller, winemaker, has been making wines in Paso Robles for well over a decade, and was a perfect fit for Joe’s vision. With his knowledge of Paso Robles’ Westside vineyards, Robert has the ability to source grapes from the many micro-climates that are reflective of the area. Italian varietals of Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo are mainstays, but you will also enjoy tasting a selection of Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundian varietals and blends. Among the choices of wines you have to pick from, make a point (if available) to start with a very special blend: Bellezza Nona. This small production white blend is 70% Viognier, 20% Malvasia Bianca and 10% Orange Muscat. As Joe poured this tantalizing wine, he described it as “being like any good Sicilian woman: delightful, zesty and complex.” It was also fragrant, tantalizing and a perfect complement to the surrounding pastoral landscape.
The Food: Wine and food are symbiotic, and Lago Giuseppe offers savory accompaniments to enjoy with your wine tasting. During the week there are assorted appetizers to choose from, including an artisan cheese and meat board. Weekends are when Joe and Jeanine’s daughter Morgan, a Cordon-Bleu trained chef, prepares the Sicilian delights: Pizza, calzone and flatbreads, along with various salads, which are hard to resist. Pasta Sunday is when you can savor handmade pasta, following Sicilian family recipes. But….that’s not all! To satisfy that sweet craving, be certain to enjoy some of Morgan’s Italian Gelato, or melt in your mouth gourmet chocolates.
The Perfect Escape – or Event Venue
As if the food, wine, ambience and family isn’t enough, Lago Giuseppe also has three distinctive guest suites. Come for a night or two, and escape “to the Italian countryside” when you book one of these elegant suites. In addition to amenities (such as a welcome basket), as a guest you also have access to the natural lake, fishing (catch and release), swimming or boating. You may even catch sight of one of the beavers or pond turtles.
And, if it’s a wedding or special event you are planning, you can’t find a more romantic and welcoming site. Joe and Jeanine will be the consummate hosts in helping plan a never to be forgotten, memorable celebration.
For an afternoon, a getaway or special event, visit Lago Giuseppe Winery. Sip, relax, enjoy and experience a special type of magic-as you become part of the Mistretta Famiglia.
Check the online menu to order and enjoy Lago Giuseppe wines, unique merchandise, plus assorted gourmet chocolates and treats which are available for shipment or winery pick-up. Visit the website frequently as to opening days and hours: www.lagogiuseppe.com.