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Paso Robles affordable red wines

iketle Mar 24, 2012 11:51 PM

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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    syrahgirl RE: iketle Mar 26, 2012 11:13 AM

    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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      iketle RE: syrahgirl Mar 26, 2012 07:28 PM

      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.

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      goldangl95 RE: iketle Mar 26, 2012 01:19 PM

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

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        iketle RE: goldangl95 Mar 26, 2012 07:30 PM

        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.

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          Ed Dibble RE: iketle Mar 27, 2012 07:54 AM

          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.

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            iketle RE: Ed Dibble Mar 27, 2012 06:22 PM

            Thanks Ed!

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            PolarBear RE: iketle Mar 27, 2012 08:48 AM

            Check out Kenneth Volk right behind Lone Madrone at 2485 Highway 46 West.



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              iketle RE: PolarBear Mar 27, 2012 06:28 PM

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

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                Ed Dibble RE: PolarBear Mar 28, 2012 08:12 AM

                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.

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            iketle RE: iketle Apr 8, 2012 07:38 PM

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

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              steve753 RE: iketle Apr 22, 2012 04:21 PM

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

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