About a week and a half ago, we had the opportunity to go out to Eberle Winery here in Paso Robles, after Mr. Eberle (Gary) invited us via a comment on one of our blog posts. He invited us out because he was barbequing at the Tasting Room (although he wasn’t supposed to be in town but after some airplane issues he was unable to leave for the weekend) and thought it would be good for us to come out.
A side note, most things in life aren’t as you may perceive them…and one thing Hoot had perceived was that Gary was an outspoken guy…well, that perception was true but the misunderstanding on Hoot’s part was that his outspokenness was not from arrogance, it is from a place of feeling passionately about wine and even more importantly, feeling passionately about Paso Robles.
Through getting to know Gary from his commenting on our blog and then spending damn near six hours out at the winery with him and his wife Marcy that day, we even got invited back to their home on the property, Hoot (and Annie) learned so much about wine and the history of Paso Robles that we’re still talking about it. But more importantly, we witnessed and learned so much about Gary and what makes him tick.
We were thoroughly impressed with the stories and knowledge, as well as the hospitality Gary and Marcy showed us. All this enjoyed on a lazy Saturday afternoon spent with the Eberles and friends, Dahlynn and Ken McKowen.
The moral of the story is that you can’t judge a book by its cover (heard that one before?) and you can’t judge a wine by its label, and you definitely don’t know a person until you sit down with them over a glass of wine. We had an awesome time with Gary and Marcy and look forward to spending more time with them, over wine or not. The history, hospitality, and friendship that people are willing to share can be a pretty awesome thing! A huge THANK YOU and CHEERS to Gary and Marcy!!!