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Snooth User: lingprof

Advice on Paso Robles Wineries?

Posted by lingprof, Sep 5, 2009.

Hello all. We'll be spending a weekend in Paso Robles later in the month and I was overwhelmed by the list of wineries there.

Could some of my more experienced Snooth buddies suggest a half dozen or so "don't-miss" cellars we should visit? I like Four Vines, so I know I'm planning to go there. Suggestions?

(and as a random aside, can you take an unopened bottle of wine on a plane? not relevant for this trip, but might be in the future....)

-Carmen

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 5, 2009.

Here are a couple of recent threads on Paso Robles:
http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/a-...
http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/pa...

And no, you can't carry on any bottles of wines these days, though you can check them through in your carryon baggage. Here's an older thread on this subject:
http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/ho...

Have a great time in the area this month, and hopefully the weather won't be too hot!

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Reply by lingprof, Sep 5, 2009.

Thanks, and oops! Should have searched first.... I got all excited about my trip and wasn't thinking. ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 5, 2009.

No problems, and do have a good time with the wines there. I almost built a house in Cayucos back at the end of the '80s, and knew the area a bit back then, but that was before the recent explosion of good wine in the area, and when cattleranching and the like were more representative.

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Reply by bigracedog, Sep 11, 2009.

Pacific Oasis Winery

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Reply by basilwino, Sep 13, 2009.

Garretson Family Winery - The Syrahs are great.

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Reply by kaylaine, Sep 15, 2009.

A fun way to get around to the wineries is The Wine Line. You can "hop on and hop off" at participating wineries. Visit http://www.hoponthewineline.com to check it out! Have a great time wine tasting in Paso!!

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Reply by Lindley, Aug 19, 2010.

I've been plotting a trip for Spring of 2011 just to taste at Hunt Cellars and Clautiere.  I've added Four Vines, Turley, Denner, and L'Aventure to my list thanks to Snooth postings.  I'm still trying to track down the vineyard where the "James Creek" Zin I enjoyed at Boskos in Callistoga actually comes from.  Why is this place not on any of the Paso Robles wine sites?

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Reply by tonystro, Aug 20, 2010.

If you're going to Paso Robles, I highly recommend you visit the tasting rooms of  the Edward Sellers and Pianetta wineries. You'll be glad you did!

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Reply by StevenBabb, Aug 20, 2010.

pasowine.com is a good place to start planning the trip.... here are a few of my recommendations.....

alta colina.... altacolinawine.com.... their 12 o'clock high, a white rhone blend, is up there as one of the best whites i've tasted this summer...

justin vineyards and winery.... justinwine.com.... if you haven't experienced their isosceles, you should... : )

robert hall winery... roberthallwinery.com..... beautiful place, good wine...

tablas creek.... tablascreek.com..... i have enjoyed all of their labels...

turley wine cellars... turleywinecellars.com.... some amazing zins... they really put their own spin on this grape, and do it very well....

there are a lot of places to visit and see down in paso... i hope you have a great trip, and be sure to let us know how it went!

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Reply by Lindley, Aug 21, 2010.

Will do.  Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

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Reply by Mkir, Sep 6, 2010.

Just one more . . . our favorite is Linne Calodo -- a wierd name but a great winery.  We discovered this winery by accident, met their really friendly wine master (who even took us back to do barrel tastings on the spur of the moment), and have been drinking their wine ever since. 

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Reply by Brad Borneaux, Sep 7, 2010.

I vote Jada & Villa Creek, both on the West 46.  Jada provides cheese w/ their wine tastings that were great.  Villa Creek also has a restaurant which you may be interested in.  Otherwise Villa Creek is a no frills tasting room, but some great Rhone style wines.

A visit to Eberle on East 46 was a fun tasting/tour too.  Gary Eberle was out BBQ'ing (believe this happens most weekend actually?), so we got free BBQ with the tasting wihle there which was great.

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Reply by napagirl68, Sep 8, 2010.

Jada is a good recommendation, Brad.  I also liked (from a show I attended of Rhones), Anglim Cellars (mourvedre and most of their red/white rhone blends- love, love, love!); Tablas Creek (rhone blends, phenomenal), and Calcareous Vineyard (like the syrah).

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Reply by Lindley, Nov 2, 2010.

I'm back from my mini-vacation.  Managed to squeeze in 4 wineries.  Four Vines is at the top of my list.  In spite of my best intentions, I lost my mind and signed up for the club.  Clautiere was my favorite for affordable reds.  Thought their tasting room was well worth driving a bit out of my way.  I'm still agog over the mosaic balls in the garden.  Visited Hunt Cellars (close to Four Vines.)  If you like husky reds with lots of fruit you'll be sure to find something there.  Pricier than Clautiere, but not as pricey as the nectar Four Vines' "Zin Bitch" puts out.  Turley was all about old vine zinfandels.  Intense, bone dry with a touch of musk and earth.  Almost like a fifteen year old Cab.  Not to my taste, but I have no doubt they have a loyal fan base.  I'm looking forward to making another run through.

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Reply by StevenBabb, Nov 3, 2010.

sounds like you had a nice time... thank you for sharing...

i was curious, where do you call home? there's a wine even called the rhone rangers, and i know they make a few stops here and there, and a lot of the wine that is poured comes from paso... it might be worth chacking it out to see if they are ever in your neck of the woods... or better yet, in your block of the vineyard   : )

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Reply by Lindley, Nov 3, 2010.

I did.  My only regret was not being able to do a more in depth survey.  All I had was an afternoon and morning... and I was driving so all I did was stop at Turley before heading off to Big Sur.  Thanks for the heads up on the Rhone Rangers Steven.  I'll check them out.  I know next to nothing about Rhone varietals (as opposed to my VAST knowledge of ... um, come to think of it, nothing.) I came to LA ten years ago with a general idea that wine came in three varieties, red, white, and pink.  Since then I've been gradually absorbing bits and pieces. Every time I find myself heading north, I try to stop and sample a bit of California's riches.

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 4, 2010.

So how was Big Sur? ;-)

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 5, 2010.

Rhone Rangers RULE!!!  Join their Facebook page where they feature a winery weekly (i think... could be daily, but think not)

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Reply by MMerlot, Nov 6, 2010.

Next time go to Tobin James on the east side.  Great fun, and great wines.


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