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Tooth and Nail winery castle entrance

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Bookends Tastings

Bookends tasting, as in we started the weekend tasting wine at Pear Valley Winery along with some live music and delicious food and we finished the weekend with a quick trip out to taste at the new winery, Tooth and Nail where Eagle Castle Winery used to be.

We started our weekend by heading out to Pear Valley Winery for a evening of delicious wines, great company, live music and great food.  These Friday night Fireside Concerts are very popular and the main room was packed with people so we found a seat at a round table in the corner of the tasting room.  Ray and I brought our own pizza to have for dinner (we bought a bottle of the Inspiration which was a GSM blend that paired well with our pizza) but we soon became jealous of our friends who called ahead and ordered dinner from Pretty Cafe when Lisa Pretty delivered an amazing looking lasagna with salad and bread (they bought a bottle of the Zinfandel which was a winning combination).  But when Lisa mentioned that she made Tiramisu for dessert we couldn’t resist!  We were not disappointed!!  If you are ever at Pear Valley Winery and you have the opportunity to order food from Pretty Cafe I am quite confident that you will love it!

Slices of Tiramisu on plates with raspberries

The best Tiramisu I’ve ever had!

Bottle of Pear Valley Inspiration

Pear Valley Winery Inspiration, it’s a gsm blend that is always a winner and paired well with our pizza.

Friday night Fireside Concerts are always fun, this Friday duo of Billy and Charlie Foppiano, (father and son) known as “Meet the Foppers” performed some fun songs and even got a few up on the floor dancing!

We finished off the weekend by satisfying a curiosity and checking out the new Tooth and Nail Winery in Paso Robles.  Tooth and Nail moved into the old Eagle Castle Winery that closed in 2013.   The castle structure still exists and there really isn’t another building like it on the Central Coast.  It’s the only winery with it’s own “moat” and you may even feel like you are about to enter medieval times.

Tooth and Nail winery castle entrance

Grand entrance to Tooth and Nail Winery

Tooth and Nail Winery Moat

Moat around the winery looking towards the production facility

Soft leather cover for tasting list

Soft leather tasting list cover.

Tooth and Nail Rabble tasting list

Tasting List

Tempranillo wine label with art drawing

“Force of Nature” Tempranillo Label

Wine bottle label art drawing

“Stasis” Pinot Noir

Chardonnay wine label with art drawing

“Force of Nature” Chardonnay


Welcoming area by the fireplace in the tasting room


Vineyards at Tooth and Nail Winery

Old oak tree at the top of stone stairs at Pear Valley Winery in Paso Robles, CA


Pear Valley Pickup Party

Looking through Pear Valley wine glass onto terrace.

You need to make the short trek up the steps to the old oak tree to get a view from this beautiful terrace. It’s worth it!

Pear Valley Vineyards winery is located in beautiful Paso Robles and has a gorgeous tasting room and surrounding property.  It’s a fabulous place for a picnic to enjoy the incredible views from just about every spot.  There are lots of little areas to set up your picnic and each place is equally nice.  From the little patio next to the outdoor fireplace to the larger patio that you pass by as you enter the gigantic wooden door into the tasting room you will find the spot that suits your group.

We have been wine club members for a number of years although we dropped it for a short while but realized we needed to go back since we just love it there.  Their wines are consistently good, they have a nice variety of wines from a Chenin Blanc to a Muscat Frizzante with lots of delicious reds in between.  They have a nice blend called Sterling Red (named after the owner’s friend Sterling Diamond) which contains 31% Merlot; 26% Cabernet Sauvignon; 26% Syrah; 6% Malbec; 4% Charbono; 4% Cabernet Franc; and 3% Petit Verdot aged in French Oak.  We usually have a hard time choosing which additional bottles we want to purchase since we have so many favorites on their list!

The owners always cook up something delicious for their pickup parties and this was no exception.

Plate of food at Pear Valley pickup party

Chicken tenders in a tomato sauce, ham, salad and potatoes baked in their on-site pizza oven.

The tasting room staff is always friendly and we always look forward to seeing the smiling face of Ellen who always makes us feel at home and makes our visit a fun one.

Hope you make it out to this fine tasting room some day soon and bring home a few bottles of their delicious wines!  And be sure and stroll around their beautiful grounds and take the short hike up the hill to their ancient oak to get a glimpse of the incredible views up there.