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Dec 27, 2011 10:34 PM

Central Coast- Need help with wineries... which ones am I missing out on?

Hey all... I visit the Central Coast fairly often and try to visit as many new-to-me wineries possible. At this point, I've hit most of the ones I've wanted to visit and need some fresh entries on the must-visit list. Or perhaps a revisit if any changes have occurred recently. Or an edit to my current must-visit list. Can y'all help? Thanks! Please see the list below.

Wineries Visited:

Halter Ranch
Tablas Creek
Villa Creek
Linne Colado
Eagle Castle
Lone Madrone
J. Lohr
Cayucos Cellars
Harmony Cellars

On the must-visit list:

Red Soles
Cerro Prieto
Fratelli Perata
Turley (I've been, but was DD and didn't really taste)
Alta Colina

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  1. Give some thought to visiting the South County area with visits in both Arroyo Grande and Edna Valley site. Much different selections due to the cooler climate. Many lovely Pinot Noirs and
    a vast selection of white wines not found in paso Robles.

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    1. re: Bruce in SLO

      We tasted at Windward Vineyards in October, they produce only Pinot Noir. I highly recommend a visit there. Vina Robles is another one we really like. Turley has some awesome Zins, we have tasted there a few times. Robert Hall is another one of our favorites. Beautiful grounds, excellent wines and a nice place in the back where you can relax with your tastings. Cheers! :)

      1. re: Bruce in SLO

        Saucelito Canyon's tasting room is on Biddle Ranch Rd (between Orcutt Rd and Highway 227/Edna Rd) in the Edna Valley area of SLO. Nice Zins . Some very old head pruned grapes in their rural Arroyo Grande Valley vineyards.

      2. We do love the Far Out Wineries drive west of Paso Robles once the winter rains have greened up the hills. City of Santa Barbara has an Urban Wine Trail map for the local producers right inside the city itself.

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        1. re: glbtrtr

          +1 for the Far Out Wineries and a shout out for Nadeau Family on Peachy Canyon Rd. Robert has been a consulting winemaker for many of the pioneering wineries in Paso and he makes a little of everything at his family vineyard. Worth the trip out there.

          1. re: araknd

            Little family owned sleepers out in Far Out country - Thacher also was a recent SF best in show award winner. Beautiful country. Peachy Canyon Road is worth a drive in itself but continuing on the Far Out Route to the end is an emerald paradise. (after the rains!)

        2. On the eastside, try Clautiere and down in Creston on the east side, Chateau Margene. These two have done some very nice Cabernet Sauvignon from estate grapes. Chateau Margene also has done a very nice Sangiovese.

          1. Definitely Chronic, we love that place. Also please try Anglim Winery in downtown Paso Robles, at the old train station. Amazing wines, no attitude.

            1. I see you've been to Lone Madrone, Ken Volk now has a tasting room there now as well and does some very interesting wines. Would strongly suggest a return visit if he wasn't there on your last visit