Seeking an Interesting Bottle of Wine in Paso Robles
For a Good Bottle of Wine in Paso Robles, here are our recommendations. We’ve written about the wineries with links.
Highway 46 Corridor
Tobin James, East Side Paso, Hwy 46 as you enter Paso from the east. Check out Ballistic (Zin) and ‘5’ a Bordeaux style blend.
Eos Winery, Hwy 46 @ Airport Road.
Eberle Winery – The wines don’t sing for us, but they might for you. You need to tour their Caves & check out their dogs. The dogs will literally stick to you. There is upheavel in this winery, with the founder displaced and the family making changes. We’ve not tasted their wine since the change.
Robert Hall – Make sure to go on the Cave tour. We tasted a wonderful Merlot from the barrel (and Merlot is not our wine of choice.)
Glunz Family Winery & Cellars – A long time Chicago brewing family purchased this property immediately west of Tobin James and is producing wine like Grenache Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah and Sangria. No tasting fee, good pricing on wine we would classify as on the dry side.
Castoro Cellars – A nice winery on Hwy 46 west of Hwy 101, some good Zins & Primitivo. They have a selection of Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc as well.
Minassian Young Vineyards – We’ve not visited here but have tasted their Estate Zinfandel…..and we plan to visit on our next trip up Peach Canyon Road. Friends gave us a bottle of this Zin and we were quite impressed.
Coastal (West) Side of Paso Robles
Denner – (open to members by appointment) Ditch Digger, Dirt Worshiper. They love droping a dollop of Viogner into their red blends.
Justin, Coastal West Side Paso Robles, Savant, Justification & Isosceles are always favorites, though things are in flux as they have new owners.
Turley – Good Zins
Opolo – Check out their Mountain Zin also, a favorite of ours and the folks in San Francisco.
Calcareous – On a snaking road through the canyons west of town and worth the drive. Perched atop a mountain top overlooking Paso Robles they produce some wonderful wines – a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, blends, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel.
Adelaida – Some good wines, enjoyed their Recess Red blend enough to buy a case special for the teachers in our life. It’s an orphan wine blend of Mourvedre, Grenache Noir, Syrah, Zin, Pinot and Carignon.) Don’t plan on lunch here as there were goats somewhere nearby and the flies were competing for our lunch.
Lone Madrone – Worth the visit, some tasty whites & reds. They only use the wine room, not an estate.
Brecon Estate – A newcomer to the area, Damian and his wife are producing tasty wines and worth a visit. He’s Welsh, she’s Australian, so of course she has a white blend named ‘Conviction’.
Kukkula – Taste NV pas de deux & sisu (their spelling)
Hunter Ranch – What was formerly a small farm house tasting room is becoming an ‘ediface tasting room’ with Rhone Valley style blends, a Syrah & Cabernet.
Tablas Creek – A place for blends, try their Esprit de Beaucastel & Syrah.
Rabbit Ridge, North West Side of Paso Robles, they have a Zin that’s a fruit bomb!
Rocky Creek Cellars
Epoch Winery – Historic facility with some tasty wines at a higher price point, Syrah Block B was great, at $70
Dusi Winery – A female winemaker with a long family history in the community.
Cypher Winery – A rock and roll kind of place with wines like Loco, Monarchy, Anarchy, Peasant & ZinBitch.
North East Quadrant (Pleasant Valley Trail)
Graveyard Winery, North East Side of Paso Robles in the Pleasant Valley region. They have a very tasty Port infused with chocolate.
J&J Cellars – Check out their Cabernet Sauvignon
Ranchita Canyon Vineyard – Outstanding Zin and a blended Grenache-Petite Sirah called Fusion. This a very small winery behind Villa San-Juliette. They’re the poorer cousins in back, with the high end guys up front.
Villa San-Juliette – We call this an Edifice Winery, lots of statues, patios, grassy areas owned by television producers. We enjoyed their Chorum Red, a blend of seven wines.
South East Quadrant
Wild Horse – In horse country, of course! Go here if you like Pinot Noir.
Malloy O’Neill – They are closed. On a recent visit there was no signage nor evidence of this winery.
Le Vigne Winery – Near the airport, they have Tannat, a good Sangiovese and Sangiovese Port. They also have lots of interestingly shaped pasta….lots to buy. Friends of ours received a shipment with overheated bottles from Le Vigne. The winery replaced the wine, and the replacements were overheated also. We recommend you buy your wine there and take it home. We hope they’ve solved this storage problem.