Do you know what a kumquat tastes/smells/feels like? I, too, couldn’t say at the drop of a hat, but thanks to a Paso Robles craft distillery tour hosted by Breakaway Tours a few weeks ago, I am now a reformed kumquatarian. That’s because Re:Find is distilling its premium red wine grape juice and turning it into brandy, then infusing that goodness with zesty-fresh kumquats (they smell like a tangerine had a baby with a Meyer lemon). You can only purchase this new garden fresh goodie at the Re:Find tasting room, so while you’re there, be sure to try the lemony limoncello, botanical-bursting cucumber gin, and tangy rye whiskey (when in Rome ...). Just be sure to tag any of your subsequent Instagram pics with the hastag #Kumquatarian. I’m trying starting a new thing, people.
• Re:Find’s Kumquat Brandy—Inquire for price at tasting room; 2725 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles.
My ideal spring picnic? A hunk of salami, a hunk of cheese, a hunk of bread (a hunk of a man), and a bottle of chilled wine. That’s pretty much it. My only request: the wine’s got to be something casual and drinkable—nothing too “fancy,” expensive, or complicated. From the likes of the label on this golden beauty, I don’t think Pomar Junction will mind that I call this a “picnic wine” by any means. With its easy-off screw cap, non-oaked crispness, and feminine floral scent, this is the perfect thing to drink while traipsing barefoot among blossoming wildflowers.
• Pomar Junction’s 2014 Picnic Chardonnay—$11.99; SLO Beverages and More; 158 Higuera St., SLO.
Hayley Thomas is intoxicated by spring flowers (and libations). She can be reached at email@example.com.