By Heather Young

I have heard about Old Edna over the years and even occasionally driving by it when I took Broad Street out of San Luis Obispo just for the heck of it to see where it goes—which I seemed to forget after each trip. That was exactly what I did last week after I dropped my dad off at the airport. I had nowhere to be and all day to get there so I headed south on Broad. Enjoying the beautiful day and gorgeous landscape, this old building popped out on the right. “Deli and wine tasting” is what I saw on the front of it. I was hungry and intrigued, but I kept driving. I couldn’t get that place out of my head. I wanted to go back.

So I did.

And what a treat it is.

The historic building houses The Pairing Knife deli and Sextant wine and sells a variety of gifts. Behind that building are two-acres of bed & breakfast, intimate gathering space, chickens and so much more. The Old Edna town site had been abandoned for more than 20 years when new life was breathed into it in 1998.

Sextant tasting room attendant Nick said that The Pairing Knife's owner specially paired its menu with Sextant’s tasting menu. In addition to having the option to order a range of gourmet items, tasters can order a variety of cheeses chosen to pair with the wine tasting menu.

Sextant’s main tasting room is located in Paso Robles on Highway 46 West. Each location’s tasting room features a different tasting menu—you can still get all the wines at either place, but you’ll get the opportunity to try different Sextant wines.

Surrounded by antiques and gifts that look old, I felt relaxed—how I want to feel when I’m out wine tasting or enjoying what the area has to offer—and at home. Guests can either eat at the bar while tasting wines, or take food—and wine, of course—out on the deck. After my visit inside, I wandered around the property and was struck by the calm and rustic atmosphere. The larger guest house has a small stage in the yard for entertaining. Old Edna is on the top of my list for an intimate event or gathering, or even a night away as there is a small guest house on the property. Between the two guests houses are the chicken’s home, so the rural feel is not far away.

If you’re driving by or even just looking for something to do near San Luis Obispo STOP by this historic place and have lunch and some wine. You won’t be sorry you did.

Heather Young is the editor of Information Press in San Luis Obispo and is a freelance writer/photographer for publications throughout the county. She was previously the editor of the Atascadero News and VINO magazine and enjoys wine tasting and taking the unfamiliar road while traveling around where she lives.