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I’m not trying to wine about the cold weather in California, I am just trying to find adventurous things to do in the rain! Last weekend, I found the perfect rainy day activity that everyone (21 and older) can enjoy.

This week’s Secret of SoCal is Niner Winery in Paso Robles.

 Niner Winery’s motto, family owned and estate grown, has been true since owner, Richard Niner, first started his farming ventures in West Virginia as a child. In the nineties, Niner went to Paso Robles because of business, only to discover fertile land and opportunity. Years later, Niner Winery has become one of the most popular wineries in Central California.

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After exiting the highway on a rainy Saturday afternoon, I attempted to locate the winery that I had read so much about, but had yet to see in person. Niner Winery is one of the youngest wineries in the area and is completely estate grown. Their three vineyards, totaling to about 212 acres, are located in Bootjack Ranch in the Paso Robles Geneseo District, Heart Hill Vineyard in the Paso Robles Willow Creek District and Jespersen Ranch in Edna Valley. As I drove up the driveway of Niner Wine Estates, I was pleasantly greeted by the infamous heart hill.

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My favorite aspect about Niner Winery was the architecture. Upon entering the estate, I immediately noticed the beautiful high ceilings and stonework around the interior. The main tasting room had a bar on the side of the room where all the tastings were served. On the other side of the room, there was a sitting area where you can enjoy the best cheese you’ve ever had… that’s saying something from a lactose intolerant individual… totally worth it! In addition, there’s a restaurant that serves lunch adjacent to the tasting room.

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After my third tasting, I walked through the double doors to the outside patio area. Looking out towards the vineyard felt like I was looking at a backdrop for a movie or photoshoot; the combination of the light rain and overflowing greenery made for the perfect afternoon stroll. It is no surprise that even on a rainy day, Niner Winery had a constant flow of customers.

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I am no wine expert, which is why I loved how the friendly and knowledgeable staff was; they thoroughly explained the different wines throughout the tasting. Although Niner Winery is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, my favorite was the Malbec. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of my visit to Niner Winery and I would highly recommend it.

I had never been wine tasting, but you know what they say- wine not! Check back next week for another Secret of SoCal.

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