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Paso Robles wineries

Love to hear any recommendations for Paso Robles wineries....Thanks!

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  1. We enjoyed stopping at both Tablas Creek and Justin.

    1. There are two areas to visit in Paso, west of the 101 and east of the 101. For the west side, try L'Aventure, Denner, Grey Wolf, Dark Star, Lone Madrone and Dover Canyon. For the east side make sure to visit Hansen, Penman Springs, Clautiere, and Maloy O'Neil. Tablas creek is nice but tasting at Justin is kind of a waste of time. You will not taste their best wines and it is way out on the west side. Try to hit wineries that you have never heard of and you will have a great time.

      1. I went to Paso a year ago (and have friends in the area). On the westside, Windy is right: Justin and Tablas Creek are great for higher end wines. The lime in the rock makes all the difference.

        I personally found Dark Star a waste of time. Denner was delicious. And if you are tempted by Linne Colodo, beware: they are super small, and at this time of year don't have a lot of good stuff to taste. Were totally sold out of their drinkable bottles at this time last year, leaving swill as the only other option.

        Places I wish we had gone: Opolo, Tobin James, and just for kicks, Turley.

        Happy tasting!

        1. For a winery that’s really out of the way to get Zinfandel and Barbara that’s a little different, try Vista Del Rey. It’s north of town, west of 101off of San Marcos Rd. It’s organic, dry-farmed wine grown by a retired anti-submarine warrior with a soils engineering degree from Oregon State, who is a real character. I was steered here by a San Benito County winery I visited. Tastings most Sundays and by appointment.

          1. I would stick to the Westside of the 101. I love the 46 West. Summerwood, Castorro, Zenaida, 4 Vines are all excellent. Adelaida is also terrific.

            I love Justin wines and have been a member for years, but it is not worth the drive. The staff are snobby, I find the setting austere and it is so far off the beaten path it is a waste of time. Buy the wine, skip the winery.

            1. I agree with the previous suggestions for Tablas Creek, Four Vines, Lone Madrone, L'Adventure and Linne Calodo. All have very good wines. I would add Edward Sellers. Their tasting room is in downtown Paso. Excellent Rhone wines. My new favorite for the area. By the way, there are now 9 tasting rooms in downtown Paso so you can do a walk around tasting if you want to avoid driving.

              1. Don't have that much experience with Paso Robles wines except Tablas Creek, but that is a first-rate winery. Excellent wines.

                1. I was out there about four or five years ago when Turley Wines Cellars purchased one of the oldest wineries in Paso Robles, the Pesenti Winery. There are acres of old vine Zinfandel on the Pesenti ranch. They really hadn't offered a wine from there yet but I got some of their great 1995 Zin from other vineyards. The best I ever tasted.

                  1. linne calodo

                    1. I love SummerWood Wine. This is the winery that helped my "graduate" from mediocre wines to (IMHO) upscale wines. It is conveniently located - not far from 101 fwy.

                      1. We like Justin, Tobin James, Tablas Creek, and Castorro. We usually stay in Cambria so we also go to Harmony which is just a few miles away.

                        1. i'd second the recommendation of tablas creek. nice people, great drive up there, and an interesting variety of wines. i actually ended up liking their table blend the best.
                          justin is a beautiful place, but they don't let you taste much unless you join the club. if you like big, zin-like wines, it's a good place for you.

                          but far and away the best wine i had was at garretsons. it's just off the highway in a little warehousey area. nothing special to look at, but fantastic wines, and a really nice guy. don't miss it.
                          (also if you like beer, firestone-walker brewery has amazing pale ales. 6 bucks gets you six samples...and a glass to take home)

                          1. In addition to the great suggestions listed, I'd also include Villa Creek. This is my favorite winery in Paso --- but they are not open daily for wine tastings. I would suggest checking their website and calling in advance to see if they are doing a tasting.

                            P.S. The owner also owns a fabulous resturant in the donwtown area.

                            1. Just went on a family trip over the Christmas Holiday. We absolutely loved Tablas Creek and it was definately worth the drive out there.... What a welcome surprise. Other ones you can't miss.... Turley of course, Justin, and Linne Colado!