One of the most traveled wine tasting road in Paso Robles wine country is the 46 West highway that comes right off of the 101 Freeway and meanders through hilly green vineyards and beautiful countryside. At the end of that road is highway 1 where wine country meets the Pacific ocean! Make a quick left and you run right into Harmony, one of the smallest and cutest towns you will ever come across! At the very front of that town is a big sign saying ‘Harmony Cellars’ where you get to drive up their hill to the tasting room and winery facility.
When you first pull up the green hills are striking against the blue sky, a large wooden barn housing the winery is trimmed with greenery, flowers, fountains and manicured lawns. You walk up to a breathtaking view of the small town, the coast and the country that surrounds them. The garden out front has picnic tables, a gazebo, benches and quiet places to picnic or sip in the peaceful ambiance.
Stepping inside the winery you are greeted with a huge selection of local and handmade items in their boutique; scarves, winery accessories, clothing and many other treasures. At the end of the big, open room full of natural light and big windows, the wine tasting bar sits with smiling faces behind it. You walk up and are greeted and served a ‘Harmony Cellars’ glass and a wine tasting list. Tastings are $7 and include six selections of their wine list. They have whites, reds and dessert wines to choose from, but have just sold out of their Rose’ varietal. Although there were many visitors along the bar, the service was quick and all of my questions were answered with sincerity and a smile. All of the grapes are from Paso Robles and other areas on the Central Coast and the wine is made right there.
After tasting a few varietals my favorite of the day was the 2012 ‘Petite Sirah’. It had a fruit forward aroma at the nose, had a great plum color with thick legs, a smooth entry of red berry and cocoa, with a great finish that had a hint of brown butter. This wine would go great with any meat but specifically steak or tri-tip with a smoky flavor, stews, rich cheeses, earthy Italian food or teriyaki chicken.
They do offer wine club discounts but do not waive the tasting fee if you make a wine purchase. The label was clean and modern with a bit of charm and showcased their brand well. At the end of my visit I was able to hit the beach only minutes away and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the water. It was a great compliment and addition to the fantastic wine trails of Paso Robles and a great way to end the day.
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