At the LXV wine tasting room in Paso, you will have a new kind of Paso Robles wine experience. If you want to be treated like royalty, entertained by very knowledgeable staff and have a fun tasting experience with top quality wines, come by the corner of 13th & Pine Street in downtown Paso for a real treat!
Inspired by the art of KamaSutra, Kunal and Neeta Mittal along with renowned winemaker Amy Butler, have created a showcase of hand-crafted wines that feature uniquely artistic labels. There are 64 arts of KamaSutra and LXV is the 65th Art, crafted in honor of the divine sensuality within you – the 65th Sutra!
During your tasting of their incredible wines, you will have the option of doing a spice pairing which I found to be quite interesting and unique! How does one taste a spice, you ask? Well it is served by dipping a small piece of Ossau-iraty cheese, which is a French cheese made from sheep milk, into a variety of spices that are selected to pair with each wine. The cheese is extremely light in flavor so that it serves just as a base to hold the spice for tasting.
We tasted 5 wines during our visit and paired them with a selection of 5 different spices such as cinnamon, garam marsala, and pumpkin spice (all of the spices were from “The Spice of Life,” an extraordinary spice & tea shop a couple doors away). I found each pairing to be interesting in how it either changed subtleties in the wine or lingered after the finish. When we arrived at the last two wines, I felt that they were so complete and interesting on their own, I’m not sure the spice enhanced their taste. That’s what makes wine tasting so interesting! Everyone has their own personal experience with each selection and it makes for a lively exchange of viewpoints.
We were being honored for having become the 100th wine club member, and were offered a second taste of their 2010 Reserve Rising Tempo wine pairing it with cheese and saffron threads. This was music to my ears! What a perfect combination of two highly delectable taste sensations. Wow!
You can feel the warmth and welcome aura of what the Mittals have created in their tasting room as soon as you enter. It is adorned by a serene palette of colored walls and a large area full of lounging sofas and pillows where you can relax your cares away. Sip a glass of wine while paging through a local cookbook. Dip small pieces of fresh bread into a locally sourced olive oil that they retail or finish your tasting with an outrageously delicious macaron made by the renowned French Pastry Chef, Francois Payard.
This accolade speaks for itself with their most recent award: