Wineries in Paso Robles

Old May 2nd, 2011, 09:52 AM
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Wineries in Paso Robles

My husband and I will be passing through Paso Robles later this month and are planning to stop at 2 wineries (that's our limit, since we'll have quite a drive ahead of us). Ideally, we would eat lunch at one of the two to save us another stop. I've seen Cass recommended, but are there any other wineries with cafes?

Since we'll only be stopping at one more, what winery would be on your "must do" list? We like all types of wine, but generally prefer to visit places that don't widely distribute. Thanks!
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You can check to get a complete listing of the Paso wineries. Although there are many wineries, very few of them serve food other than some cheeses etc. Cass does serve food and is where I often suggest people go. The setting is nice and the wines and food are both very good. I understand Calcareous serves food on the weekends but I haven't tried it.
The wineries in Paso are situated on both the east and west sides of hwy 101. There are several of the bigger ones right on 46 east including Eberle, Robert Hall, Vina Robles, Meridian and Tobin James. On the eastside but further from hwy 46 you'll find Cass and a number of other places including some of the smaller wineries.
Off Hwy 101 on hwy 46 West there are a number of wineries fairly close together. You might consider Farmstand 46 for lunch and pair that with a visit to Four Vines tasting room which is in the same building. Just beyond that is Vineyard Drive where there are some excellent wineries such as Linne Calado, Denner, Jada, Thatcher and a bit further out, Tablas Creek.
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I'm sure there are locals who are familiar with a number of the wineries. We just wandered when we were in the area. My favorite was a small family owned winery -
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Where to begin. Well you have to realize you are sampling a very, very small portion of the wineries out there. I would second the recommendation Farmstand 46 or Pier 46 (seafood) for carryout which would allow you to take it to any number of wineries (and won't restrict you to only those with a cafe).

As for wineries, what types of wines do you enjoy? Are you looking more for just really good wine or are you also looking for a destination?

Paso is probably at its best for Rhone Varietals (syrah, grenache, mouvedre, viogier, rousanne, marsanne, etc).

With that in mind, a few suggestions (note, almost all of these have a lot of overlap but I'm focusing on what I'd say they do best):

Best view: Calcareous (just really, really beautiful views)

Tourist Destinations (most on the east side): Tobin James, Robert Hall, Eberle (pretty solid wines though as well),

Pinot Noir: Windward (I don't know how they pull it off given the generally hot climate but they do a really, really good job)

Zinfandel: The standard is Turley (but pricey), Ecluse

Rhones: Terry Hoage, Adelaida, Tablas Creek, Anglim, Booker

Cabernet: Halter Ranch, Dark Star.

Otherwise, just look around a bit on the internet and see what you think you might like. We've been to Paso 4 times now and have only covered 20% or so of the wineries. There are a ton of good places.
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Oh yeah, I should probably be shot for not mentioning Justin for cabernet way off of 101 (westside) but really solid stuff (but you can get a lot of Justin at your local wine store).
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Justin has a nice cafe at the winery. Also really fond of Peachy Canyon, Turley and Tablas Creek.
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