On occasion I will get a call from a good friend asking me if I would like to accompany her during the week to either pick up a wine club shipment or to pick up some Olive Oil out at Olivas de Oro in Creston. There are other times that we get together for an errand in North County and somehow end up at a winery for a taste or two.
I got one of these calls the other day and yanked myself from my computer where I work at home and jumped in the car with her to pick up some of the best olive oil. Olivas de Oro is owned by two of the nicest people you will ever meet who are very passionate about their olives and olive oils, balsamic vinegars, olive trees and herd of sheep. It was a Chamber of Commerce kind of day in San Luis Obispo County with mild temperatures and wispy clouds when we took the 20 minute drive from Atascadero out to Creston. We were greeted by the owners friendly daughter and the fragrance of some delicious concoction they have set up to sample their oils and seasonings. My friend picked up her stock of olive oil and I grabbed some frozen lamb ribs. On our way out we stopped to chat with the owner Frank Menacho while he was tending to the small herd of sheep that seemed to be very interested in what we humans were up to.
The drive away from the tasting room is something to behold in itself as you pass by the century old Olive trees that Frank and Marti moved from their orchard in Oroville down to Creston.
Following our visit to Olivas de Oro we figured since we were already out in the area of the Creston Wine Trail we might as well find a winery we hadn’t been to in a while. We came upon Hansen Vineyards where we had gone many years ago and really enjoyed talking with the owner and tasting his wines. The owner was there in the tasting room and we were served by the cheerful Marina and her little dog Jules made sure we knew that he was glad we were there. Hansen has a fabulous Viognier that I took home and their Cabernet Sauvignons are powerfully delicious!
Nothing like a midweek adventure out to the Creston Wine Trail, it’s definitely worth the drive!