My boyfriend and I headed up the central coast to check out the Paso Robles wine area. We went to one of the smallest vineyards in the area. That's where I met my favorite winemaker. He's 81-year-old Charlie Poalillo, and he's a hoot. A former newspaper photographer turned vinter, he's now a happily-married flirt who serves up words of wisdom along with a KILLER 2004 Zinfandel.
If you ever fantasized about owning a winery, Charlie will be selling his in a couple years. Check it out on this video. And if you go there be sure to say hello from Val at KCET.
Here's his website.