What is in Gilroy, California and why would I possibly be writing a post about this? I’m not sure how to explain why we chose to stop here but after reading this I’m sure you will want to make an inexplicable pit stop as well.
Gilroy is home to:
- A massive Garlic festival,you may also recognize them from the recently released McDonald’s “Gilroy Garlic Fries”. It is considered the “Garlic Capital of the World”
- Artichokes – a nearby town has the equivalent in artichoke famous-ness. Imagine combining those and you’ll be fine.
Here are the fool proof steps to getting the ultimate garlic laden experience in Gilroy…
Step #1: Stop by Garlic Shoppe
This is the original Garlic shoppe and stopping here first is mandatory because it will score you a giant discount to the winery next door. Yes, garlic wine. Here are a few photos from inside the shop where we sampled a ton of things and bought, even more garlic.
Step #2: Go to Rapazzini Winery
First came the garlic wine…surprisingly good. More of a garlic after taste than full-on garlic. Ben hated it, I loved it. Also, the wine here was better than most Napa wineries we’d visited so I recommend it even if you’re stopping for plain wine. Next came the Almond Champagne. I hadn’t had it before but the gimmick was worth it, it was wonderful and apparently unlike competitors, they used real almonds rather than flavoring.
Step #3: Go to Garlic World
Why would you go to a second store? Because you can explore the unbelievable variety of ways garlic can be packaged. They also had a massive produce section which you should take advantage of with so many farms growing fruit nearby.
We finally tried the garlic ice cream. Once again I was a fan, Ben was not:
Step #4: Road side stands!
If you’re not already done eating then the best way to take something to go is stop by one of the roadside stands on your way to your final destination…