Paso Robles Winery Values
The idea here is to list wineries in the Paso Robles area that have really good values, and those that don't.
Opolo - I hadn't tasted their wines for a number of years, and never thought that they were that good. After revisiting them a couple of weeks ago, I would have to say t5hat their wing has greatly improved.
Zin Alley - Frank Nerelli only makes four different wines, but every one of them is terrific. Very high quality - good value.
Linne Calodo - I haven't been there in a few years. You have to make an appointment to taste. Their wines are good, but very over-priced. Not such a good value.
Daou Winery - Beautiful vistas from their tasting room. Unfortunately, their wines are over-priced, and their Zinfadel is way too young to pour. Not such a good value.
Alta Colina - A limited production winery, but what they make is very high quality. Moderate prices. Good value.
Villacana - Very high quality wines, and moderate prices. Good value.
Shale Oak - New winery with an impressive tasting toom. Tasty wines at moderate prices. Good quality.
Red Soles - Most of their wines are too young. I'd say give this place a year or two, and they might be pretty good. Not so good value now.
San Antonio Winery (East side) - Wide variety of varietals, and moderately priced. Something for just about anyone into wine. Very good value.
Changala Winery - Low cost wines that are really tasty. Very good value.
Steinbeck - (east side) -
Steinbeck Winery - Very good wines moderately priced. Has Paso Port Winery in the same tasting room. Good value.
Sculpterra Winery (east side) - Combines sculpture with wine. Low to moderately priced. Has a really good selection of varietals. Really high quality. Their blends aren't quite as good. Very high value.
First off, I don’t think any purchase at a winery is a good value unless you are getting the Club price. If you are not a Member, sip and see you if you can’t find it in a local market. You’ll do a lot better than paying full retail at the winery. That said, here are my thoughts on “value” wines.
Dunning - Good to excellent red’s at the price point. His chardonnay is over oaked for my taste though
Villacana- Good to excellent across the spectrum at his price point. Like his whites and rose
Halter Ranch – Same as Villacana. Has very good whites and Rose. Good value on the reds
As to Linne Calodo – I love his reds and have been more than willing to pay his Club price for them for years. His is one of the few in the area that can justify a premium price.
I know many people that walked away from Linne Calodo thinking that it was not a good value. They thought it was over priced for the wine, therefore...value is still subjective. I have not had Dunning but I agree completely with Villicana and Halter Ranch. Bottom line is that there are a ton of great wines in Paso Robles, and most have decent pricing. It's a matter of going out and exploring the area and finding what wines and what prices each individual is comfortable with!
My only thought is that value is subjective. This wine is good at $20 but not at $50, this wine is good at $15 but not $22. I've been to all the wineries you mentioned above...Daou, Villicana, Shale Oak, Red Soles, and Steinbeck are my favorites out of the ones you mentioned. Cheers!
None of the wineries I go to anymore have reds under $30. The demand is high in Paso. These are all wines priced at about $40 for their reds up to $60, but I really enjoy them:
- Tablas Creek (more restrained on their reds than my other faves)
- Villa Creek
- Denner (though now its super hard to get tasting appts)
These ones are on the edge for me:
Linne Calodo - Too big a wine for my palate (and I like really fruit forward reds). Lots of oak, lots of tannin, lots of everything...my partner likes 'em.
Booker - again, too big for my palate for the most part, but my partner likes them.
Daou - I really like their whites even though they are pricey...their reds don't seem worth it (but they seem on an upward trajectory, so I would keep checking back).
This winery was a bad value at extravagant prices based on what I have had: