Laura’s brother was visiting the Bay Area from the east coast and we decided to meet up along with her sister from Walnut Creek in the Santa Lucia Highlands to taste some fabulous Pinot Noirs. San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Atascadero are all about equidistant from the hills in Monterey County.
Most of the wineries along River Road are only open on the weekends so our choices were limited but they were good choices!
We met at Hahn Estates Vineyard which is located at the top of a long driveway through the vineyards and past a duck pond. The trek up the tree-lined driveway is definitely worth it when you reach the tasting room and take in the view. It’s difficult to see but in the middle of the photo along that mountain ridge you can see Pinnacles National Park which is an amazing place to hike.
We sat out on the patio to enjoy our tasting along with a nice meats and cheeses to go along with our wines. It was a quiet afternoon at the tasting room and we were glad to have spend some time chatting with Alejandro who poured for us as made his rounds with the other guests.
The wines were delicious and we each went home with some nice Pinots and my brother even joined the wine club!
We hope to visit again this summer.