I am not super familiar with Paso Robles and was even a bit apprehensive to go thinking all their wines were the big, over-extracted high alcohol fruit bombs I have had at times before. A couple friends and I went for the weekend, staying in San Luis Obispo and want to Paso one day and Santa Maria/LosOlivos the second.
On day one, we got there in the afternoon and decided to hit Paso before going to SLO to check in. I had originally vetoed Tobin James for the reasons above, but it was the first big winery we saw on our way in on the 46, so we went in. Very fun facility with a great outdoor area.
Photos of the entire trip here
At Tobin James, we tasted a ton of wines! Links below to each wine we tasted. I reviewed them all. Whew!
Next, nearly across the street, is Eberle. Great place with cave tours regularly for free and free tasting. Also, very good wines. Here, we enjoyed the
Our first full day the next morning started at another must-visit of Paso, Turley. They open earlier than most, at 9 AM. This is Zinfandel!
Then it was on to our "planned/recommended" locations. They started with Villa Creek. Great Rhone varietals. We tasted the
Then on to Tablas Creek. Great Rhone blends and they even sell varietal vines of oddball Rhone grapes they brought in from Beaucastel in CDP. It concerned me a bit that our pourer didn't check the wines before pouring, as the Roussanne was corked. But she opened a new one once I pointed it out. We enjoyed tasting their
Then, my friend "Had" to see Justin, so we ventured up there. The place is nice with beautiful gardens and the Just-Inn looks like a fun quaint place to stay and the food from the restaurant smelled great. My only disappointment was that much of the wines in the flight were wines you can get anywhere and many of which we had before. The staff was attentive though. Here we tasted
Then, off to L'Aventure. Another great stop if you like Rhone varietals done in Paso style with a French sensibility.
Cypher (formerly Four Vines) was another must-see for a friend and we made it back here after missing it before by getting "lost" heading the wrong way. I highly recommend this place for a fun, funky style, lack of pretension and very high quality and tasty wines. Here we tasted
Next, was Bella Luna. This is a great place, so go see Sherman in the tasting room and enjoy some great wines!
We finished up at Wild Horse. After some bold wines, some Pinot Noir was welcome as the day was ending. Some very tatsy wines here as well.
By this point, it was 5 PM and we needed food. I highly recommend Eureka Burger in San Luis Obispo!
The next morning we were off to Santa Maria and Solvang, Los Olivos, etc. Separate forum post for that one. Many great wines, and there is not one of these wineries I wouldn't recommend you visiting!
Paso Robles Labor Day Weekend Recap
- Reply by EMark, Sep 9, 2012.
Do I understand this correctly LVO? You tasted over 100 wines just on the first day?
Well done. It clear to me, though, why those burgers tasted so good in the evening.
Thank you for the report. It makes me want to go up there.
I'm looking forward to your next report.
- Reply by VegasOenophile, Sep 9, 2012.
Yes, tasted all those wines. Tobin James and Eberle half day in the afternoon. Everything else was in one day. Spitting is your friend!
- Reply by EMark, Sep 9, 2012.
I agree with the spitting approach, but in my case, my mouth would had still felt a bit abused. I really do appreciate the good effort put out by dedicated individuals to continue the research that I freely steal from. ;-)
- Reply by napagirl68, Sep 9, 2012.
Nice write up!
I need to do a long weekend in Paso, since I tend to love Rhones from that area. My fav so far is Anglim winery, where I like every wine I have tasted.
I was at Eberle last Easter, as they were one of only a small few open that day. Beautiful scenery and nice deck. I wasn't too impressed with their wines, but did like the Cotes du Robles Blanc.
I highly recommend Anglim winery in Downtown Paso. I discovered them at SF Rhone Rangers a few years ago, and of all the wines at that event, I kept returning to Anglim's table. I haven't been to the tasting room yet, but I have ordered wine from them directly, and when lucky, I have found it in some wine shops. Anglim made my fav Mourvedre to date. As you can see below, it is sold out, but I found some at the Half Moon Bay Wine/Cheese shop. I was totally jazzed and bought what they had:
Mourvèdre Hastings Ranch Vineyard, Paso Robles 2007
Spicy white pepper framed by earthy dark berries, spice and smooth tannin. Retail 34.00
Food Pairings: seared ahi, beef short ribs, lamb shank, truffle chevre
- Reply by lingprof, Sep 16, 2012.
Oh, you are making me want to go back to Paso so much!!! A lot of these are the same wineries I went to but some are new. Great choices and great report. Thank you VO!!!!