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Allegretto Wines’ Crisp and Full-Bodied White Trio 2018

Allegretto Vineyard Resort offers beautiful wines and outstanding hospitality

You won’t want to miss Allegretto Wines' 2018 Trio blend of Viognier, Vermentino and Roussanne.

On a recent three-day trip to Paso Robles, we visited several wineries. There are plenty to choose from, and new ones are springing up all over.

But for those who seek wine tasting with ambiance, then look no further than Allegretto Vineyard Resort—complete with its own vineyards and tasting room. It’s simply magic to experience not only their beautiful wines, but also their outstanding hospitality.

Outside on comfortable lounge seating, my husband and I were brought a flight of wonderful wines. We were impressed with a delicious 2018 Trio ($34), a superb blend of 39% Viognier, 39% Vermentino and 22% Roussanne. Beginning with violets and jasmine on the nose, this crisp and full-bodied white wine has notes of young peaches—finishing with a peak of acidity. Another terrific wine we appreciated is Allegretto’s Tannat, with grapes from their own vineyard.

Sitting under the cozy warmth of heaters, we were delighted to see a fellow over on a nearby couch get down on one knee and propose to his lady friend as he slipped a diamond ring on her finger. There’s romance in the air at Allegretto.

We loved the Trio blend so much that we ordered it with dinner in Allegretto’s welcoming Cello Ristorante—a perfect pairing with our calamari and salmon.

Allegretto is an upscale resort with incredible grounds. We stopped by the next day to take time to experience the world’s first sonic labyrinth and all the superb artwork and sculptures, much of it gathered by proprietor Douglas Ayres on his extensive trips around the world. He has poured his heart and soul into this unique resort and winery—and it shows.

Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres, 2700 Buena Vista Drive, Paso Robles. 805-369-2500, allegrettovineyardresort.com.

Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden

Another don’t-miss winery is Sculpterra. The winery’s gardens are filled with sensational sculptures and artwork—and it pays to give yourselves plenty of time to enjoy both wine and art. The crisp 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and the estate 2018 Viognier were my absolute favorites.

Sculpterra Winery, 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles. 805-226-8881, sculpterra.com.

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