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Paso Robles tips?

Posted by lingprof, Oct 17, 2013.

I will be in Paso Robles during the festival this weekend, and came to snooth to look up travel tips that have been posted in the past.  But things have also been changing fast and furious there, places closing up and many others opening.  I thought it might be more efficient to start afresh.  Anyone have any places they think I shouldn't miss, particularly lesser known destinations that might not be on the big screen? 

So far I'm considering:  Daou, Linne Calodo, Booker, Justin, and Barrel 27.  Possibly Denner. 

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 17, 2013.

I'd definitely support Booker and Barrel 27 is fun...though I'm dropping myself from Booker's list just because I don't have a big love for Paso Wines anymore, it's still a fun area to visit and can be beautiful this time of year.

Others I'd recommend are Villa Creek and the big flagship, Tablas Creek. If you like big wines, Epoch has become the darling of many critics, and Justin Smith of Saxum consults with them...he's also buddies with Chris Cherry of Villa Creek, and therefore they have access to some great fruit from the James Berry vineyard, known as among the best in Paso and CA for that matter. It's owned by Saxum/Justin Smith's family.

Lone Madrone is another fun, quirky experience (same winemaker as Tablas Creek) I'd recommend. Ask for their late harvest Zin if they have any on hand, wow!

Have heard mixed reviews on Linne Calodo (maybe more because of their attitude?), and Denner. Both of these seem just a half step below the quality of the Booker's, Villa Creeks, Epochs, and Tablas Creeks. Have fun!

 

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 17, 2013.

I'm no expert on Paso, although waaay back I used to buy wines from there because I was a poor law student and they were good values.  So I couldn't help noticing in the latest WS review of Cal Cabs that Eberle again seems to have the highest ratings per dollar of just about anyone.  $34 buys you 90 points, and you can get it on discount here and there.  Hmm. So I looked at their website and the tasting is FREE! Who does that anymore?  I think next time I am down that way, I'm going there just to support their democratic approach to wine.

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Reply by gregeb13, Oct 17, 2013.

try niner wines- the fogcatcher is my fave, I tend to like big bold reds.

the eberle and Epoch vineyards do well, I was also pleasantly surprised by stillwater.

and to save money on the trek use airbnb dot com for housing. SLO (san louis Obispo) is close enough and not as pricey as Paso has very limited accomodations

 

re: food- again SLO has been my fave, use Yelp dot com for your faves. it has always worked for me

happy times all the same.

 

and if you're coming from LA, make sure to hit hitchpost or HP 2 , for their pinot noir, its in Buellton,

inland from Santa barbara,

best steaks and chicken I've ever tasted.-- disclaimer, not affiliated with any reccomendations here

The Hitching Post II Restaurant www.hitchingpost2.com/‎
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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 17, 2013.

+1 on Eberle for value and one of the old guard, still doing it. Hear it's a nice property, too.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Oct 17, 2013.

Not sure if you've checked out my report but we were there this past January.  (http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/paso-robles-wine-adventure-january-2013/)

Daou has the best view by far and really nice cab.  Tablas Creek was very impressive, highly recommend. Kiami and Tolo are small production, family run wineries, they share a parking lot and have some interesting/different wines.

Not sure if you've decided on accommodations but we had a really nice stay at the Belvino Viaggio B&B, right on Peachy Canyon Rd. Also had a nice lunch at McPhee's Grill in Templeton.

Have fun!

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Reply by unlockwine, Oct 17, 2013.

From a Local: The weather will be stunning, so pack some cheese, salami and bread from Di Raimondos Italian Market (822 13th Street) and head out to the West Side of Paso Robles. I always make a stop at Halter Ranch - good wines, great setting. Paso Livo Olive Oil  is nearby- a great place to stop between tastings. Both are very near Denner (call ahead, you might need an appointment).

You are also near Dauo and Tablas Creek - some of the best for sure.

For a bit more - and a lot of fun - head east of Templeton to the Pomar area. You will find very friendly folks and very nice wines. My favorite is Pomar Junction Winery. If you can spare a 20 minute trip south of Paso - get to Ancient Peaks Winery - tasting room on the main street.

For eats: Try Joe's Place for breakfast in Templeton. Dinner - Artisan in Paso Robles or The Range in Santa Margarita

Enjoy!

 
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Reply by lingprof, Oct 17, 2013.

thank you all!  that was super helpful.  i'll report back....

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 17, 2013.

I'll second Joe's and Artisan for eats...great stuff.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 18, 2013.

Looked at the WS review again.  It's the Eberle Selections Cab that's 90 points and a mere $20.  Wow.  If points mean anything (and I admit that the 90 point score is becoming rather debased), that's a QPR to remember. 

Unless of course you scored some of the Felicity Cab from Last Bottle yesterday.  91 points for $20, free shipping on six.  But where's the tasting room with free pours? 

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Reply by zufrieden, Oct 18, 2013.

Try the smaller producers.. don't pass them by unless time is of the essence.  I have been very impressed by this region ... even to the point of thinking of a winter residence in the area... if that means anything.

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Reply by napagirl68, Oct 19, 2013.

ANGLIM, ANGLIM,ANGLIM!!!!!! don't miss.

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Reply by napagirl68, Oct 19, 2013.

 

Anglim Winery

740 Pine St  Paso Robles, CA 93446

(805) 227-6813

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 19, 2013.

Okay, Zuf, if you get a winter place down there, you are hosting the next Throwdown!  I am voting for Rhone varietal wines from all over.  GSM, straight syrah and mourvedre.  Or, JD and I will descend upon you in 2016 for the "uncorking 2010 CdP" horizontal we have been planning since we started stockpiling.  That will make the purchase price of your winter home worthwhile.

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Reply by EMark, Oct 29, 2013.

LP, please come back and give us a report. :-)

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Reply by lingprof, Oct 29, 2013.

Thanks for the reminder, EMark!  I'm working on it.  Stand by and watch this space.  (I didn't want to grade those student essays anyway!)

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 29, 2013.

Somehow we didn't find time for that on Saturday.  You'll have to submit in writing instead of giving us the presentation!

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Reply by lingprof, Nov 1, 2013.

ok, I'm going to try to post the recap of my paso trip, but it got really super long.  plus photos.  So I am going to start its own little thread for it... hopefully I can figure it out so it doesn't take up too much space.... stand by!


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