It was the day after New Year’s, a day when most people decide to quit drinking, and the boyfriend and I were driving up the PCH towards Point Dume for a quiet “Yes, Virginia, the holidays are finally over” walk on the beach.
“Wine tasting?” I read off a sign. And just like that, the boyfriend veers off the highway as if we were in a high speed chase.
We stopped in front of Rosenthal, a small tasting room next to the Beau Rivage restaurant, a place I’ve never tried, probably because I never knew there was a winery next door.
Rosenthal’s tasting room is a great deal. For about $15 we got to taste 8 or 9 wines, including some reserve bottles. The pours are reasonable – enough so you can get a taste for the wine, not so much as to get you drunk before sending you back on the PCH. They also allow you time to really taste it, discuss it, and enjoy the shop situated just steps from the Pacific Ocean. It’s not one of those places where they jam 3 stingy pour of mediocre wine down your throat and then immediately jump to some sales pitch.
Most importantly – the wine is great!