I spent the weekend in wine country drinking too much wine and eating far too much at the various restaurants, wineries, and tasting rooms in the central coast’s Paso Robles, California. (But, of course, we made sure to hire a driver, and at no point in the weekend did we drink and ride!)
My girl and I started our weekend with a tour of three wineries, where, as luck would have it, we were paired up with two other couples, who were bikers themselves. After the tenth or fifteenth glass of wine, we soon found that we had much in common with our “new best friends. ” One of the men rode a Harley-Davidson Deuce, the other a Victory.
After they learned that I was a Riderz Law motorcycle accident attorney, they immediately insisted that I not finish my weekend without a trip to Four Vines Winery — a “perfect winery for bikers.”
Their description fascinated me, so before heading back to Los Angeles and reality, my girl and I made sure to check it out. It was every bit as cool as our new friends suggested.
Formerly called “Four Vines,” the winemaker is in the process of changing their brand name to “Cypher Wines.” Their bottles use screen printing rather that the traditional paper labels. But much more is going on at this small winery than just gimmicky names and labels. In fact, my girl (who is a chef and a bit of a wine connoisseur) both agreed that Four Vines/Cypher had the best wines we tasted all weekend.
The winery was certainly biker-cool, boasting such titles as their very-reasonably-priced “Naked Chardonnay,” a classic “Biker Zinfandel,” and my personal favorite, their award-winning “Anarchist” — a phenomenal zinfandel/syrah/mourverdre blend.
More to come later this week on what makes this place a favorite destination for motorcyclists from San Diego, to Los Angeles, to Bakersfield, and even the San Francisco Bay Area. Until then, ride safe, and never ever drink and ride — no matter how tasty the beverage.