Paso Robles Trip

To me Paso Robles is this wonderful tucked away AVA, making approachable but exciting wines not much less in quality than Napa, Sonoma, Walla Walla, Willemette, etc.  Paso wines are unctous, fruity, balanced, exciting and delicious. I love Zinfandel, and for me Paso pretty much takes the Zin blue ribbon. Sure, Napa produces some delicious Zin, but you’re gonna pay 2-3 times what Paso charges, and most of the time Paso’s are better. They make great cabs, zins, rhones, pinots, you name it.

I’ve been pinning to spend a few days tasting through wineries in Paso Robles for ages. It’s always a catch 22: If I’m on a job, I have $ but can’t go. If I’m not on a job, I don’t have the cash. I’ve resolved this year to give it a go. I combed through Cellartrack and Wine Berserker forums, tasted wines from friends, and tried the odd bottle from the store. Here’s the wineries I’m dying to visit, in no particular order:

  • Villa Creek
  • Nadeau
  • Halter Ranch
  • Adelaida
  • Pipestone
  • Treana
  • Hug
  • Saxum
  • L’Aventure
  • Booker
  • Torrin
  • Chateau Margene
  • Turley
  • Dunning
  • Tolo
  • Edward Sellers
  • Justin
  • Opolo
  • Grey Wolf
  • Denner
  • Donati
  • Thunderbolt
  • Castoro
  • Doce Robles
  • Four Vines
  • Zin Alley
Let me know if there’s any great vineyards missing from the list. Some of these don’t actually do tastings (I’m pretty sure Saxum doesn’t) but I’ll see what I can taste while I’m there. I’m sure there’s a nice winebar in town I can sit at every night and mop up what I couldn’t get to. Hopefully we’ll make this trip in June or July. It’s always easier to justify near a birthday.

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