As a local 805-er, we find ourselves cruising up the PCH/101 quite often. I mean, it is the best road trip route, right? And, it’s right at our fingertips. My family has some favorite pit stops along the way — to name a few, Anderson’s Pea Soup in Buellton, Solvang for some ableskivers, and McLintocks Saloon for dinner in Shell Beach on the way back. Los Olivos and Paso Robles are also favorite stops of ours, but be warned: you will
want need more than a “quick stop” — there’s just that much to see and do (or drink) there! 😉
Recently, while we were driving up to Lake Nacimiento in Paso Robles, my family and I decided to make a pit stop (mostly because my brother and sister-in-law had a car of anxious kids 😉 ) — so of course, I whip out my phone and search wine tasting (duh!) — and that’s how we came across Casa Dumetz Wines in Los Alamos.
Los Alamos took us completely by surprise. Located off the 101 in what seems to be the middle of nowhere (between Los Olivos and Santa Maria), it was the most adorable, quaint little town!
At first glance, you could find a brewery, winery, cafe, antique shop and more, all conveniently located right on the main drag. There was also a park directly across from Casa Dumetz Wines, which makes for a great bonus on a quick road trip stop! The kids and dogs were very happy to run free! 😉
Casa Dumetz Wine was, and still is, one of the cutest wine tasting spots I’ve been to. As soon as you walk in, you immediately feel welcomed by people greeting you and sharing a smile.
The decor is very eclectic, vintage, laid-back and cozy with mixed colors and patterns everywhere, hand-drawn paintings by kids along the wall and corrugated metal accents and lighting.
Not only was the atmosphere ideal for a spontaneous wine tasting pit stop, but the company and service were outstanding and the wines were delicious. Chris was our “passionista” as we called it (is there an actual term for wine pour-ers? we obviously made that up!). He was very knowledgeable about the wines and, more importantly, he was friendly and fun — we didn’t want to leave!
Chris informed us about Casa Dumetz and the owner, Sonya. He explained how she’s always around, and moments later, she came busting through the doors, immediately chatting with everyone in sight, offering hugs to what seemed like long-time friends, and visiting with new customers like ourselves.
It was such a fun environment! Can’t you tell? (Plus, it’s kid-friendly for any of you parents out there)
One of my favorite wines was surprisingly the Syrah Rosé 2013 — I say surprisingly because I don’t normally prefer Rosés, but it was so delicious. Another favorite was the Syrah Tierra Alta Vineyard – smooth as velvet. Mmm!
Casa Dumetz farms a small vineyard in Malibu for their Pinot Noir and farms their other varietals from Santa Ynez Valley – all 805 locations 🙂
As I’m sure you can tell, my family and I really enjoyed our time at Casa Dumetz Wines and will definitely be returning. It’s now on our list of favorite pit stops when traveling up the 101.
Although it’s a fun road trip up to Los Alamos, we understand it’s not in the heart of the action, but fortunately they offer a wine club too — known as The Goods Wine Club!
So of course, my family signed up. #duh
805-er’s: have you ever stopped in Los Alamos? If so, what are some of your favorite spots? The Beer Emporium and Picnic Basket looked great! #nexttime #roadtrippitstops #localdrinks #spreadthelove