With the days of “shelter in place” dragging on, our thoughts go to a better time, when fun afternoons were spent in tasting rooms exploring new and favorite wines. Recently, though, we found out about the next best thing: a To-Go Tasting Box from Mitchella Winery!
Last summer we first discovered the hidden gem that is Mitchella Vineyards and Winery. Ably guided by Natalie, we fell in love with welcoming vibe, the bright and cozy tasting room, and the delicious wine and cheese pairings. We added Mitchella to our “must always visit” list for Paso Robles and hoped that a return trip could happen soon. Of course, travel is currently difficult, so revisiting their wonderful winery will have to wait. Happily, there is now a way for locals, at least, to keep up to date on their tasting flight from home with their inspired idea: to go tastings!
We received an email mentioning this concept and needed to know more! Natalie replied to our email with a bit of the back story: “One of the owners, Angela Mitchell, actually came up with the idea. She literally sat up at 5 in the morning when a light bulb went off. She wanted to create a unique experience to combine both our wine tasting flight and our cheese pairing that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Because it doesn’t count as drinking alone if your dog is there, right?” We couldn’t agree more!
Each box contains six 1-ounce vials of wine, with an optional cheese pairing. For only $15 (plus $5 if you want the cheese pairing, with special club member pricing) you get two whites and four reds in a cute “to go” box. The flight includes a 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, a 2018 Chardonnay, a 2016 Cabernet Franc, a 2016 Rambunctious (a Zin heavy blend), a 2017 Woodpecker (a lighter Zin), and a 2015 Innuendo Noir (a Bordeaux blend) .
As of right now, these adorable boxes of joy are only available for will-call at the winery until Mitchella can find a way to ship them to the rest of us. A great concept, and we’re hoping that the shipping issues are resolved soon. Driving to Paso Robles and back in one day for a wine pickup is a bit too much for us right now. Until then, we will just have to imaging tasting this flight and decide when we want to pop open our last remaining bottle of Mitchella wine, their Zinfandel Leona. Cheers to the creative folks at Mitchella!
About the Author: John grills a mean steak and is always in the market for another wine fridge. Believes that if a winery has more than 10 employees, it's probably too big. Buys wine faster than he drinks it, but who cares?