FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

United States, Calif., Paso Robles, Various Wineries

Feb 1, 2013
2013 / February 2013

If it weren’t for the Templeton Gap and other dips in the Santa Lucia Range allowing cool marine air from the Pacific Ocean to flow in, California’s Paso Robles region would not be home to 168 wineries. Its climate would be too hot to grow fine grapes. And if it did not have such a wide swing between day and night temperatures, its wines would not be so well-balanced.

Yet Paso Robles, on the Central Coast halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and the third-largest wine appellation in the United States, remains a region waiting to be discovered. Jerry Lohr was one of the region’s earliest pioneers, planting his first grapes three decades ago; today, his winery produces consistently first-rate, polished wines. Most of the more recently established wineries are small and without national distribution, although their wines can be ordered directly through their websites.

While the region’s climate is generally temperate, it is still warm and thus more conducive to red grapes. About 75 percent of its production is red, and most are Zinfandel and Rhône- and Bordeaux-style wines.

During a recent visit to Paso Robles, my days and evenings were filled with tastings. Here are some of the wines I found most impressive and most expressive of the region.

Ancient Peaks Winery Oyster Ridge 2009 ($50) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Malbec from its vineyard named for the oyster fossils in its soil.

Caliza Companion 2010 ($48) is a forthright, well-balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Herman Story Wines’ On The Road Grenache 2010 presents all sorts of fruits and berries and explosive favors; its Nuts & Bolts Syrah 2010 is deep-flavored and intense (each $42).

Linne Calodo Cellars’ Rising Tide 2007 ($45) is a deep, dark, full-bodied Rhône blend.

Vortex Zinfandel 2010 ($38) from Peachy Canyon Winery blends a flavorful Zinfandel with Petite Sirah and Malbec.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery’s Viognier ($25) is dry, minerally and aromatic.

Night Watch 2008 ($50) from Sextant Wines offers a savory, satiny blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Tempranillo.

Silver Horse Winery’s Tempranillo 2010 ($38) is firm and inviting.

Steinbeck Vineyard & Winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 ($45) with rich, dark cherry fruit and a hint of pepper.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Nov 28, 2022

World’s Most Underrated Travel Experiences

Adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide recently conducted a study to find the most underrated travel experiences around the world. The operator analyzed more than 350 lesser-known destinations and experiences across more than 130 countries, ranking them based on how high its Trip Advisor score fared against how many people actually reviewed the activity and how many Google searches the experience received.

Alaskan Wild Wonders by Celebrity Cruises

Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.

Slideshow
Nov 28, 2022

8 Reasons to Put Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Your Travel List

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Buenos Aires, Argentina, with us.

Daily
Nov 28, 2022

Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club Coming to PHL

Philadelphia International Airport announced a new Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club is coming to the airport. Created in collaboration with PHL, MarketPlace PHL, Chase and Airport Dimensions, the 20,000-square-foot lounge space, in the airport’s Terminal D/E connector, will boast locally inspired décor and a curated menu.

Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Hotels Answer the Call for Business Travelers Seeking Flexibility

As the travel industry finds itself in the midst of the first peak travel season since the beginning of the pandemic, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts commissioned a survey of more than 1,200 U.S. consumers to learn more about business travel habits, learning 65 percent of Millennials, aged 25–44 years old, and 59 percent of Gen Z, ages 18–24 years old, prefer to work for a company offering frequent travel or flexible blended travel as a perk. Blended travel is the combination of business travel with leisure travel.

Daily
Nov 28, 2022

The Radio Hotel Opens in Colorful New York City Neighborhood

The Radio Hotel and Tower, opened earlier this year, sits in the heart of Washington Heights, a west-side Manhattan neighborhood near George Washington Bridge.

Daily
Nov 23, 2022

“Celebrity Beyond” Begins Inaugural U.S. Season

At the end of October, Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Beyond, arrived in New York City, marking its North American debut and beginning its inaugural U.S. season. I had the pleasure of exploring the ship while it was docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, and learning more about the transformational new ship with the first and American female captain, Kate McCue.

United’s 100 Percent Green Commitment to be Carbon Neutral by 2050

United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.

Daily
Nov 23, 2022

3 Destinations That Inspired Literary Masterminds

Looking for your next place to instill inspiration? These neighborhoods and hotels saw literary greats walk their corridors, from James Joyce to Oscar Wilde. Consider staying at these elegant properties and walking these destinations to experience the same influential nature these places had on some of the greatest writers in history.