Paso Robles Must Visit Wineries?
We've done Napa multiple times -- but aren't nearly as familiar with Paso Robles. Any consensus on the you-just-have-to-visit-wineries in Paso Robles?
Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Linne Calodo - extraordinary wines - taste anything he has left for tasting.
Denner Winery - their GSM Ditchdigger is excellent and they have a great Viognier/Roussane blend. Their 04 Syrah is wonderful too. If they are pouring their new Grenache, try it. Get on the wait list for there wine club as I think they are going to open it back up this spring. (This is where Justin got grapes until Denner started producing their own recently).
Garretson - Matt has a couple of blockbuster syrahs for 05 and has gotten mid 90's rating for them.
L'Adventure has gotten some high 90's and really on a roll.
Don't even know that they have much left for tasting.
Tablas Creek a truly great Rhone house with some really interesting offerings (they have even have a Westside-Paso style fruit forward ready to drink red). The tour is great.
For dining, I heartily suggest Villa Creek on the square in downtown Paso - besides its one on the few ways to get a chance to try some of Cris Cherry's wine.
Most of these are in the "Far Out Winery" areas on(and off) Vineyard, from HWY 46 W. Depending on time and preference, Justin would be perfect for the B&B and put you right in the area. If you'd like something high end and don't mind driving a little, Villa Toscana in Paso (off HWY 46 E) is beautiful.
Here's a locals trick - I truly do support buying wines from the source, but..... The Albertson's grocery in Morro Bay has an excellent array of Central Coast producers and the prices can't be beat.
Have a great time - you are going to experience the feel of Napa 30 years ago with some young, innovative wine makers that are really producing great wine.
We just took a girls trip to SLO and stopped at some wineries in Paso. When I was going to school up there, I really liked Justin wines, but this time I didn't taste any worth buying. our favorite was Mastantuano (www.mastantuonowinery.com). The girl there said they were best known for their Zinfandels. I'm not a fan of Zinfandel, but I liked it enough to buy a couple bottles along with a bottle of their Champagne. We also stopped at Pasolivo (http://www.pasolivo.com/) for an olive oil tasting.
On our last visit, we found Justin wines lacking based on some of their previous efforts, the tasting room over crowded and not much help. When factoring in the increase in prices and decline in quality we decided there was so much more to offer in the area. e.g the previously metioned Tablas Creek, Adelaida, Linne Calodo, L'Aventure.
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I like Tablas Creek as well. As long as you're out in that direction, Adelaida makes some very nice wine, too.
L'Aventure is getting high marks too.
Turley, Linne Calado and Peachy Canyon are good places to go.
Garretson wines is also nice. It's the only wine club that I belong to. They won't be listed on the map on the Paso Wine site because they're not a member of the organization. But it's right in town off the highway that comes in from the east. Last time I was there there was another place that set up shop in the same complex offering free tastings from other wine makers.
Wine is such a personal thing, and what I love, you may hate, but with that said, I enthusiastically recommend both the wines, and the tour at Tablas Creek. Their wines are some of my favorites coming out of Paso Robles, and the tour is very informative, and a bit more in depth than your garden variety winery tour.
Others I like are L'Adventure and Hug Cellars.