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Atascadero Art and Wine Tour June 2015

So last Friday night was the quarterly Art and Wine Tour in downtown Atascadero. My mom and I look forward to these events, as they're smaller and less crazy than the Paso Wine Festival, Atascadero Wine Festival, and the Harbour Festival in Morro Bay have all grown to be. This one was okay, but didn't really measure up to the two previous Tours. There was very little food, and the pours were hit or miss - the first few wineries we tried did either the traditional one ounce pour, or less than that (barely a sip!), whereas the last few we tried toward the end of the evening ended up pouring about half a glass, which considering how big these glasses are was quite a bit of wine! And, speaking of the glasses, I already mentioned they are really too big and awkward for a tasting experience where you're walking around, but also just the fact that you are required to purchase a glass is a bit annoying. They'd do better to have a $10.00 BYOG entrance fee, and keep the $15.00 fee for those who want or need a glass. (Just a suggestion!!)

I mean, seriously, check out the size difference between the glass on the left, that we received at Friday's Stroll, to the normal-sized glass on the right that we got at the Atascadero Wine Festival we attended probably six or so years ago, which also includes the 1 ounce pour line for reference.

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Anyway, I didn't mean to go into such a rant right at the start, but it's getting a bit outrageous, I think. We don't need giant glasses at these events (but we could use some more food!). We really did have a great time and got to try some delicious wines, some of which were new to us, and check out a couple new stores that just opened - the Socrates Coffee Shop and Book Odyssey used book store.

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One of the new wineries we tried was Sea Shell Cellars who were set up in the 805 Boardshop (where I totally planned to purchase a pair of earrings I'd seen at a previous event, but, alas, they were gone!). We tried the Grenache Blonde (not pictured) and really liked it! Super light and perfect for sipping on a hot summer afternoon! Another pretty tasty new wine came from Paso Port Wine Company

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Some old favourites were there like August Ridge, Opolo, St. Hilaire, and Pomar Junction, Tablas Creek, and Tarrica.

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When we stopped at Arlene's Flowers (and tried the delicious Gewürztraminer from Tarrica), we were each given a lovely yellow rose. I was quite surprised they were giving roses away to everyone, as they're pretty expensive! Still, they're awesome and we put them in a lovely blue vase when we got home!

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We also got to see their new landscaping, which is very similar to our backyard with a dry creek bed, bark, and drought-resistant plants.  I don't know who did the actually landscaping, but they did a great job! I even found a couple plants I really like the looks of, and plan to keep and eye on to see how they do this summer.

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As we were walking around, I found a drinking board game that sounded fun (Darlene?) ...

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... and also came across this awesome throw rug made entirely from jeans pockets! So clever!

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And, finally, our last stop of the evening was Violette's Wings and Gifty Things where we sipped some Tablas Creek, and I ended up buying two awesome rings from Raea Gemstone Jewelry.

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So, all-in-all, the evening was fun. The weather was perfect, the people were pleasant, and despite a few shortcomings, it was a really enjoyable way to spend a Friday evening in Atascadero! What did you guys do last Friday? Whatever it was I hope you all had a great time, and I'll see you next week! Cheers!

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