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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden

Sculpterra's estate-grown cabernet sauvignon
Sometimes the grandest things in life are what matter the most. 

Last Sunday we celebrated my sister's birthday at Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden on the east side of Paso Robles, where we marveled at the larger-than-life bronze and stone sculptures that surround Sculpterra's elegant nouveau wine country tasting room. With over 200 wineries to choose from in Paso, this one stands on its own. 

Towering sculptures by the late artist John Jagger weigh in at thousands of pounds and adorn the park-like setting, while vivacious, green vines roll symmetrically across the landscape. Sculpterra's 30 acre pistachio orchard flecks the sloping hillside and their vigorous 120 acre vineyard includes cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, zinfandel, merlot, viognier, petite sirah, mourvedre, and cabernet franc. 

For most of my family members, this was their first excursion to Sculpterra. We set up our picnic on tables under a robust oak tree, purchased a few bottles of wine from the friendly staff in the tasting room, and enjoyed live music playing in the background. The kids ran free; the adults ate, visited and explored the sculpture garden; and at the end of the day we felt as if we'd escaped to someplace splendid and inviting. 

Ain't life grand?
Giant creatures lounge outside Sculpterra's tasting room, soaking up the sun and providing visitors a grand entrance.

My sister-in-law felt that Sculpterra provided an atmosphere that encouraged guests to hang outside and picnic.  Agreed!
Harvesting this year's vintage of wine grapes has already begun at Scultpterra. Their wines are barrel aged between 12 and 18 months using a combination of new and old American, French and Hungarian oak.

They produce around 3,000 cases of wine per year.
Sculpterra's 2012 Viognier was a big hit on this warm summer's day.

One of the lofty sculptures graced this bottle of 2010 Statuesque—a grand blend of 34% cabernet sauvignon, 33 % syrah, and 33% petite sirah.
Sculpterra's ornate iron gate welcomes visitors. Master blacksmith Robert C. Bentley left his mark on the entrance, as well as in the tasting room. 

Dr. Warren Frankel and his wife Katharine started the vineyard in 1979. Their son, Paul, is Sculpterra's winemaker.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sculpterra wines are donated to “His Healing Hands,” a non-profit medical missionary organization that sends temporary medical teams into communities around the world that need urgent healthcare and respond to natural disasters.
All in all, a very grand experience.

Sculpterra Winery & Sculpture Garden is located at 5015 Linne Road in Paso Robles.

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