Under a shaded table, four guests raise glasses of Mountain Zin in a toast to a welcome rain shower. Across the patio, yet another crispy pizza pie is served hot from the wood-fired oven. Inside the tasting room, a duo of wine club members treat their friends to a Reserve flight of wines. It’s another winter day in February, but the mood is anything but somber at Opolo Vineyards.
Whether you live on the Central Coast or are a first-time visitor, Opolo Vineyards is a must for enjoying what the Paso Robles region has to offer. The enchanting Westside Paso Robles surroundings are reason enough to make the short, scenic jaunt to 7110 Vineyard Drive. But, oh, the wine!
There are many red and white wines to choose from inside the friendly and well-appointed tasting room, but Mountain Zinfandel is Opolo’s flagship. Priced at just $29 a bottle, this jammy, full-bodied head-turner boasts plenty of raspberry, Bing cherry, dark plum, boysenberry, and vanilla with a pleasing measure of oak on the finish done just right. In fact, Wine Enthusiast scored Opolo’s Mountain Zinfandel 2015 and 2016 vintages at 92 and 93 points, respectively.
Popular this season is Opolo’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cab comes with the caution that “this wine is not for the faint of heart!” Black cherry, chocolate-covered blueberries and cooking herbs occupy their spaces on the palate. Ample texture is felt in the mid-mouth, while rich tannins, lingering coffee and charred beef bring satiation to the finish.
Among Opolo’s impressive Reserve wines is the Rhapsody Bordeaux blend. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc and Malbec make this wine one of the heavy hitters to enjoy with a steak dinner or to cellar for special occasions.
All three wines are a great way to taste Opolo’s best offerings and make for romantic sipping on Valentine’s Day or as the perfect gift.
Pairings on the Patio are available daily from 11am until 4pm. Enjoy charcuterie trays, salads, and scrumptious wood-fired pizza. Right next door to the tasting room, check out Opolo’s distillery, Willow Creek, which features top-shelf fruit brandies and premium quality liqueurs made from locally farmed and sourced fruits, nuts and flavorings.
The Inn at Opolo
Just across the hill from the tasting room is The Inn at Opolo, where three room choices await your stay. TripAdvisor and Yelp websites both rate the Inn with five stars. Terrace views, king-sized beds with Italian linens, remote-controlled fireplaces, stone showers, large bathtubs with massaging jets, plush towels, robes and slippers, and freshly baked cookies are just some of the amenities. A Mediterranean kitchen with an assortment of made-to-order breakfasts (eggs benedict, anyone?) and appetizers in the evening with a bottle of Opolo wine helps make everyone feel right at home.
Opolo’s Romance, Celebration and Relaxation package is available now: Stay two nights and get one night free! Club members can also receive 10 percent off their room rate. See theinnatopolo.com for complete details.
Opolo Vineyards is located at 7110 Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles. Please, no pets other than service dogs, infants or guests under 21. For more information, call (805)238-9593, visit opolo.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events at Opolo
Zinfandel Festival Winemaker’s Dinner
Friday, March 15
Opolo’s Winemaker’s Dinner is a night to celebrate your favorite wines paired with a gorgeous dinner and an unforgettable night with friends. For tickets and information, visit opolo.com, email email@example.com or call 805-238-9593.
Zinfandel Festival Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17
A weekend full of delicious food and amazing Opolo wine and distillery tastings, barrel samples and a feast of favorite lunch options on the patio. No reservations necessary.
Wine Tasting: 10-5pm (Two complimentary for members)
Lunch: 11-4pm (Special pricing for members)