Sometimes a girl just needs a good cheese plate. No, we’re not talking about “want” here. I often experience a real, heart-arresting need for cheese, people. Good thing Luis Wine Bar serves up a healthy-sized one (I shared mine with a friend, and we licked every ounce of Stormy’s IPA jelly off that sucker). To make this well-earned snack all the more memorable, I paired the combination of fine cheese, jelly, nuts, and bread with a true local classic: Paso Robles GSM. Sourced from some of the best vineyards in this renowned region, this blend of grenache, syrah, and mourvedre continued to open up beautifully in the glass, keeping perfect pace with our conversation.
• Barrel 27's 2011 Hand Over Fist GSM—About $10 a glass; Luis Wine Bar, 1021 Higuera St., SLO.
Do you like Girl Scout Cookies? How about those cute little lemonade flavored ones with the little sunshine-y bits of zest baked in? OK, good. Do yourself a flavor and pick up William James Cellar’s 2011 Santa Barbara County Chardonnay, queue up your latest Netflix obsession, and turn your cell phone off. Made with ProElif QA23 beads (I know—sounds techy) this wine is 100 percent delicious and boasts a super playful, slightly fizzy kick. Paired with an entire box of Girl Scout Lemonades, it’s like summer exploding in your mouth. Yes, it’s OK to go sleeve deep for this one. In fact, I highly recommend it.
• William James Cellar’s 2011 Chardonnay—About $27; 180 North Broadway Suite A, Old Town Orcutt.
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