I am slightly scared of butterflies. There, I said it (but only when they land on my face, and only if there’s a lot of them). Please don’t judge me. I’m not saying they’re not breathtakingly beautiful, and I must say that the flower-loving insects look incredibly gorgeous and ethereal fluttering around the label of this well-priced local cabernet sauvignon. However, this is not just a pretty bottle with an eye-catching price tag. With elegant aromas of blackberry, blueberry, and pepper, this juicy, silky Paso Robles red is as stunning as the first strawberry of the season and just as hard to resist. Go to it!
• True Myth's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon—$24 a bottle; 5828 Orcutt Road, San Luis Obispo.
I recently attended an intimate gathering where the food included: cured meats, fine cheeses, and an entire bowl of raw cookie dough (seriously). Oh yeah! Ladies night was on, ya’ll! There were also plenty of good wines in the lineup, including a killer grenache blanc from Alta Colina that somehow paired really well with the cookie dough (sometimes, you just go with it and don’t ask why). The star of the evening, in my opinion, was this pink Paso Robles grown rosé in all of its blushing glory. Dry and and distinct, but with fruity, fun watermelon charm, this wine represents the best of ladies night. After all, we’re all great on our own, but together, we truly shine.
• Adelaida Cellars' 2015 Estate Rose—$20; 5805 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles.
Hayley Thomas is proud to drink pink. Send her a message by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.