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Paso Robles affordable red wines

My boyfriend and I are heading to Paso Robles in a couple of weeks for the first time. We'd like to do some wine tasting while there, but need recommendations on where to go. I'm more partial to red than white wines, and particularly Cabs, Syrah, Malbec, and the like. We're on a serious budget, so not looking for the spectacular but expensive wines, and since wine tasting is involved, would like to stay close to Paso Robles unless there's somewhere amazing we should try further out. Any suggestions on good but affordable restaurants would be appreciated as well. We've heard amazing things about Paso Robles and are looking forward to the trip, and would appreciate any advice you have. Thanks! (and if anyone has mountain biking suggestions in the area, we'd love to hear those too!)

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  1. If you can get out to Tobin James, they have some really great wine at very affordable prices. There is no tasting fee here, either. Our favorite restaurant in Paso is Artisan but it is a little pricey. We recently enjoyed a great lunch across the street at Panolivo. If you like Italian food, Bueno Tavolo is also excellent. Wild Coyote is another one you may enjoy, it is known as "the house of reds" for their great Merlots and Zins. Zenaida Cellars is another one of our favorites in Paso. :)

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    1. re: syrahgirl

      Thanks for the suggestions. We'll check them out. I broke a Tobin James wine glass my boyfriend got when he was bartending, so they're on the list anyway so I can replace it.

    2. How much a bottle do you consider affordable? How much per person for dinner do you find affordable?

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      1. re: goldangl95

        Good point. I'd like to find some good drinkable wines for $20 or less if possible. And for dinner, it'd be nice to keep it below $15 for an entree, or $10 ideally.

        1. re: iketle

          Peachy Canyon has affordable wines, especially zins, and I love Caparone up on San Marcos Rd. Caparone only does reds (Italian varieties and good Cab and Merlots though the cab and merlot are not from estate grapes) and produces old school, unfined and unfiltered ageable reds. Last time I was there, I think the bottles were in the $12 - $15 range.

            1. re: PolarBear

              That looks good and I like the idea of the rarer varietals. Thanks!

              1. re: PolarBear

                Thanks - I will have to remember. It's interesting to see the stuff from Lime Kiln Valley. My memory is that Enz used to market their own stuff, and I've been wondering what happened to the vineyards.

          1. Thanks for all your advice. We had a great trip and your recommendations really helped!

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            1. re: iketle

              Changala Winery. Their wines are in the $20-$30 range for non-members. Really good wines, especially for the price.