Chucking flying discs 300 feet into metal baskets amongst the grape rows at Castoro Vineyards seems an odd way to go wine tasting, but, a good bottle wine and a good game of disc golf go hand in hand.
Castoro is nestled on the south side of Highway 46 in Templeton (near Paso Robles) and is a longtime fixture of the wineries of the California central coast. It’s a beautiful facility with an art gallery and of course a double bar.
Snaking its way through their Whale Bone Vineyard is an 18-hole 3-par disc course of consequence. The course has up hills, down hills, tree obstacles (and a broom on every tee doubling as a tool for dislodging discs from said trees.)
Over hill, dale, grape vine, oak trees and rusted hulks of delivery trucks the course allows us wine onofiles to connect to the winery’s grape, soil, whale bones & farmlands.
Did we say farmlands? Yes. Wine making can be a hard farming job entailing planting, watering, trimming, trimming again, harvest….and then begins the wine making. But that’s a story for a different entry.
Five dollars a day gains you entry to Whale Rock Disc Golf Course or you can join the disc club for $60 a year. Wine club members also receive complimentary access to the course along with two cases of wine each year. We give their wines a general rating of ✰+. They pour vine through Haley’s Corker which can be good, but pouring Chardonnay through the Corker strips the buttery taste away.
Castoro Vineyards is open daily 10-5pm at 1315 N Bethel Rd, Templeton, just south of Highway 46 off Highway 101.
Bill Hodge & Erin O’Neill enjoy a good bottle of wine, visiting and enjoying California Wineries from Lake County to Orange County, From Paso Robles’ Gold Coast to Gold Country and Lodi to Temecula.
Some notes on our wine ranking system.
– -✰ means -What’s next on your list of wines
-✰ means -Not liking it too much
✰ means -We’ll drink this wine, especially if it’s hosted!
✰+ means -You’ve got our attention and we might buy this wine.
✰++ means -We’re hooked and we’re going to buy this wine.
When you see -✰/✰+ with a slash, it signifies our opinion differs.