Vibe: When first entering Barsha’s warmth welcomes you at the door. Between the art displays, the light fixtures made from wine barrels, rows of high top seating and the club chairs and sofa that made up the conversation seating areas I felt comfortable to sip and stay a while, which I did!
Vino: Barsha is not only a tasting room, but a wine shop featuring small production quality wines. For the tasting, you have the option to try the preselected flight or make your own from their menu of wines. Senorita Vino and I selected the “Viva La California Flight” (listed below).
All of the flight selections were a nice choice to compare and contrast the two varietals, but my favorites were the Bonny Doon Vineyard Albarino, Central Coast 2012 [Medium bodied, light, refreshing and a little tart. A Sauvignon Blanc alternative] and the Mariposa Tempranillo, Paso Robles 2010 [Raisin on the noise, subtle fruit, easy to drink as it opens up].
“Viva La California” Flight
- Bonny Doon Vineyard Albarino, Central Coast 2012
- Bodegas M Albarino, Paso Robles 2010
- Mariposa Tempranillo, Paso Robles 2010
- Bodegas M Tempranillo, Paso Robles 2011
Vittles: Easy to choose tapas that range from breads, cheeses and spreads with just the right touch to nibble while you sip.
Valet: There is parking in front with plenty of additional parking behind the tasting room off 10th street.
Value: Tasting 4 wines that range per bottle between $20-25 makes spending less than $25 for the tasting and tapas an easy decision to visit again.
Vote: Barsha is a must try local wine tasting destination. Because they specialize in small production wines, having the chance to try wines not in mass production is a plus. Throw in the location, add in the comfort and food and you can’t lose. The only downside for me is that its not right around the corner from my house. If it was, it would be place that everyone would know my name. Cheers!
Vino-ista’s pull up a glass and visit Barsha. Don’t be surprised to see me on the couch with a glass.
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