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Paso Robles Wine Tasting- Request for recommendations

Hi all,

My husband and I are taking a quick wine tasting trip up to Paso Robles this weekend and were wondering if any of you had recommendations on must-visit wineries. We tend to like smaller wineries that are often off the beat and path or appointment only. We tend to enjoy wines that are dryer, food friendly (my husband is a chef), and more European in style. I know that Paso has some great Zinfandel, but we we tend to steer away from any Zin-centric wineries, since for our personal tastes, we are not huge Zin drinkers.

That being said, we are open to any style, as long as it's made well and tastes good. Some of our absolute favorite wineries in California include Demetria Estate Winery (Los Olivos), Harrison Clarke (Solvang), and Unti (Healdsburg).

Any recommendations you have are much appreciated!!

Thanks!

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  1. Any price restrictions?

    My favorites are: Villa Creek (you can taste at their wine facility), Tablas Creek, Terry Hoage, Denner (need appt and can be hard to get)

    Other ones to check out are: Epoch and L'Aventure

    Some old threads on the subject:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854248
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/845568

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    1. re: goldangl95

      Thank you, goldangl95! I've heard good things about those wineries from other posts and research. I've actually been to Tablas Creek and was impressed with their wines, though the atmosphere can leave something to be desired. The only one that seems to have mixed review is Denner. Not sure why though.

      No price restrictions, per se. Obviously, nothing outrageous. Tastings under $20- my husband and I usually split a tasting anyway.

    2. hi there
      i am not a fan of the big red/typical paso blends but in this area the winery that i like the best
      is tablas creek. nice selection of rhone style reds. your best bet by far based upon what you like.
      up the road a bit is halter ranch - a lovely spot, and they have some nice wines to try as well.
      i would avoid l'aventure - big big complex pricey wines, and anything in the area that compares to that type of wine. enjoy the drive, drive safe and have fun!

      1. If you like Zinfandels, check out Turley in Templeton.....

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        1. re: foufou

          Paso Robles has a lot of wineries that feature Rhone varietals. Tablas Creek has already been mentioned more than one. I believe they were the originals in the area with an association with a French estate in the Rhone.

          I also like Chronic Cellars. They do use some Zin but make several interesting blends with Rhone grapes and are well priced for the the quality.

          Anglim has a tasting room in downtown Paso Robles (the old train station) and they also use a lot of Rhone varietals for their blends. The in-town tasting room is not as scenic as those out in the west side hills, but they have some very nice reasonably priced wines. If you are visiting Paso Robles, you will probably find yourself in the downtown area for lunch or dinner at some point and it might be an easy stop.

          1. re: foufou

            reading is fundamental (lol)...overlooked that you do not like Zinfandels.

          2. I'll offer a couple other choices. Windward, a Pinot Noir specialist invery Burgundian style. In addition, Bodegas de Paso downtown. try all their wines.

            1. I would recommend Chateau Margene. The winery is way out in Creston, on the east side. Great Cabernet and Meritage. They do have a tasting room on the west side at Vineyard and Peachy Canyon. Right next to the tasting room is Opolo. Also out of the way is Nadeau Family Vintners. Nadeau does do a lot of Zin, but they also do a substantial Syrah and Rhone blends.

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              1. re: araknd

                Huh I've only been there once. Peoples' tastes are different so this doesn't mean much. But I really disliked Chateau Margene's wines for the price. Felt they were very unbalanced wines lots of over the top hot fruit.

                1. re: goldangl95

                  Then we agree to disagree. Everyone's taste is different. Opened a bottle of Chateau Margene's 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Friday night and enjoyed its full bodied dark fruit intensity.