"Wine...a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy" ~ Benjamin Franklin
This past Sunday brought an unexpected wine tasting adventure for my friend Nannon and I. We decided to head out to the unknown and visit a place neither of us had ever been to:
Chronic is located at 2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr, on the west side of Paso Robles (on the way out towards Lake Nacimiento, for you locals).
While it's not located in the most picturesque spot and it sits on a busy road, it is pretty unique. They do have a nice lawn area with trees (probably a nice spot for a little picnic) and a covered patio area. Some people bring kids to tasting rooms if they are making a day or an event out of the afternoon, but I would be nervous with kids and that busy road right there.
For wine tasting, you can take your glasses out to the patio or lawn and enjoy your tastings out there. Unfortunately, for the day we visited (Mother's Day), we did have to go inside for our next taste o' wine. I'm actually not sure if this is standard with them or not, but many wineries I have been to will usually bring the next bottle out for you to try so you don't have to keep getting up and going inside. It's definitely a nice touch, if the winery will do that for you.
The tasting fee is $10 for 6 tastes from a set list, but you get to keep the wine glass (score!). The downside is that your tasting fee is not waived with any purchase. The only way your tasting is complimentary is if you join their wine club and then you and your guests (up to 4 people) can taste for free.
Since it was Mother's Day, the tasting was paired with a selection of cheese from Vivant Fine Cheese in Paso Robles.
Unfortunately, Chronic does not regularly go off menu for tastings. They primarily pour whatever is on their tasting list for that given day. You may luck out, if they happen to have something else already open, but I wouldn't count on it.
The below are photos of the tasting menu we were offered.
Since I prefer whites and Nannon is my designated red drinker, we decided to share the tasting. I started off with the Stone Fox, a blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier and something I had never heard of before - Picpoul?? I'm sure a true wine connoisseur has heard of it, but I'm not that serious about my game. It was good, though, and I enjoyed it.
Nannon took over for the next 4 wines, all extremely generous pours. She had El Perfecto, Love Machine, Unteachables, and Robyn Cradles.
I ended the tasting with Spritz & Giggles, their "sleek and sexy" sparking wine (their description, but hey - it works!). All their wine names are fun and clever.
Nannon's favorite was Love Machine (a Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Petite Sirah blend) and mine was Spritz. The price for their sparkling was right, $14.99, so I bought a bottle for myself. (I may have a bubble obsession).
We were able to talk our (pourer? wine barrista? tasting attendant?) into letting us try their dessert wine, Tranquilo, a Late Harvest Petite Sirah. It was really good and I enjoyed that as well. We couldn't convince her to let us try either of their Rose's, though. I guess we may have pushed our luck on that one.
I did feel a connection to the label of their Pink Pedals Rose, as you can see from the photo collage below, so I had to buy a bottle of that too. The price for this was also $14.99. (I may also have a pink obsession).
Overall I'd say Chronic was a happy discovery. I think both Nannon and I decided we would come back again, if the opportunity arose.
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