Perhaps I should have checked the town calendar before planning our trip, because as it turns out, a slow creep into town isn’t the norm. A car show was going on. It was a nice little addition, but it distracted us from our original plan. We were going to have a cheese, grape, and wine picnic in Solvang Park, a nice patch of grass that was now riddled with parked Thunderbirds. The car show didn’t prove to be much of a snag. We were still able to visit three wine tasting rooms. By the time we got to the third one, The Boof was done. (He’s not much of a drinker.)
Our second stop, Dascomb Cellars, was the most welcoming place we stopped at all day. There were two sommeliers running the room and both greeted us warmly. Their hospitality and wine education is exactly what I want and expect when I go wine tasting. As we tasted each varietal, they told us about the grapes and what food would pair well with it. My favorite varietal was their 2011 Meritage. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’d never had Meritage before. This particular varietal is governed by a Meritage Alliance, something I found to be rather interesting.
As we bid goodbye to Dascomb, it took us awhile before we settled on the last tasting room, Royal Oaks. It’s on the main drag so I imagine it gets a lot of foot traffic. However, nothing about this place excited me. The sommelier was rather unfriendly. In fact, I caught her rolling her eyes at other patrons. Total turnoff. If that wasn’t enough, the wine wasn’t great either. We hightailed it out of there as fast as we could.
By the time we finished with the last tasting room, we were ready for some food. And what do you eat when you’re in Dane land? Danish food, of course! We found A Bit O’Denmark on the way back to our car. When we walked in I had to fight the urge to turn around, the place has been around for awhile and obviously not been upgraded. Regardless of it’s appearance, we settled on a light lunch. I had Roast Beef and The Boof had Danish Sausage. It was the perfect size and rather delicious. Perhaps, that’s their angle – bring your expectations down with it’s appearance and surprise you with it’s food. To top it off, it wasn’t that pricey either, about $25 for both of us.
After lunch, we HAD to get dessert at one of the local bakeries. (I think I saw well over five as we walked through town.) I opted for a cheese danish, which was more savory than I expected. The Boof go a strawberry and cheese danish, which was more sweet. In true Boofalo fashion, he offered me his once I voiced my dislike for my pick. But I just couldn’t do that to him.
The trip was a great success and I’m glad I can say I’ve been to Solvang. I’m not entirely sure how often I’ll visit but if I do, I know one thing for sure. I’ll check the city’s event calendar beforehand.
Have you been to Solvang? What was your favorite part?