When your good friends are vacationing in Avila Beach what better excuse to get together for wine tasting on a warm Sunday afternoon? There are a few great tasting rooms in the Avila Beach area and we decided to go to one we hadn’t been to before and that could accommodate our group of 10 people. Biddle Ranch Ranch Vineyard tasting room is currently located in the beautiful old schoolhouse on Ontario Road near Avila Beach. The tasting room is a great space but we were set up outside on the beautiful patio with plenty of seating for our large group. After a somewhat comical rearranging of chairs and umbrellas to maximize the shade we settled into our seats in the shade with our snacks and were served a great selection of wines.
The 2012 Chardonnay Classic Blonde was a refreshing start on the list as it was very warm afternoon and there’s nothing like a chilled crisp white wine on a warm day. This wasn’t just another cold drink on a warm day either, this wine is a winner having won GOLD at both the 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition and 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition!
They offer a nice selection of red wines as well and I had a hard time deciding between the 2010 Sangiovese and the 2012 Evviva as my favorite since Sangiovese is one of my go-to varietals and the Evviva is 66% Sangiovese. I decided to take home the 2010 Sangiovese which also won a gold Grand Harvest Awards – Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine along with a Bronze in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
So if you are looking for a nice spot to picnic and enjoy some wonderful wines near Avila Beach check out the historic Biddle Ranch Vineyard tasting room. Please be sure to check out Avila Valley Barn which is about half a mile away from the tasting room on Avila Beach Drive for an amazing Olallieberry Pie, fresh produce and maybe even a hayride.