Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Second Anniversary

After celebrating sixty-licious with my mom, I was on a quick flight back to LA in order to hop into the car with the handsome guy above for our second anniversary trip to Paso Robles and Santa Ynez!  We did a little vow renewal ceremony for our first anniversary, but were WAY to wined-out from our wedding, so we saved a wine tasting trip for year number two.

Our first stop was a wine club member pick up party at Cass Winery!  There was a band playing, a taco truck, awesome wine and a super fun time.  If you are EVER up in Paso you HAVE TO go to Cass - great wines, beautiful space and they have a horseshoe pit! What's not to love?!

Our next stop was Oso Libre.  This is such an amazing place.  They are 100% off the grid and provide all of their own power and water via a windmill, solar panels and an awesome well.  Their reds are amazing and its still family owned and opperated!

Side note! Those awesome pants I am wearing are Lauren Conrad from Kohls! I didn't bring any pants with me to Paso (stupid girl, April is still cold on the Central Coast), so I bought some!  Fun color, awesome fit, great price.  RUN GET SOME.

 Next stop, Justin. AKA red wine mecca. (Side note - we didn't do these all in one day!)

We joined the wine club when we visited, and were whisked away to this chateau for a little members-only tasting.   I mean, seriously?!

This is Mr. Arotin's "I'm wine tasting royalty" face. Ha!

We had some great food in Paso as well.  Our favorites, as always, were Vic's Cafe (think central coast diner with a great wine list and Cowboy Eggs Benedict) and Thomas Hill Organics.  Must goes if you are ever in the area.

On our way down south to Santa Ynez Valley we stopped at the Hearst Castle.  We were the only people within our age range by about 15 years, but the views were worth it.

Our first stop in Santa Ynez was Lafond Winery and Vineyards, the beautiful site of our wedding. Two years ago, we were married right under that arch and olive tree....le sigh..

We picked up a couple of bottles of their Chardonnay - a don't miss for sure!

The last stop on our trip and a HUGE best-kept-white-wine-lovers-secret was Brander. HOLY awesome Sav Blanc. So good, in fact, Mr. Arotin let me join their white wine club! Yippie! Wine club for the wife!

I would say we did great wine tasting (and purchasing!) work on our trip - wouldn't you?!

Mr. Arotin, thank you for an amazing time and two plus years of the best days of my life!


Mrs. Arotin - two years and counting!

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