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Paso Robles WineryCritic 1

Wow, why did it take me so long to plan a visit to Paso?  This area is ideal for those that love Rhone-style wines like Syrah, Grenache.  Another bonus, you’ll also taste many great Zinfandels.  We spent a long weekend here and it was well worth it!

Restaurants:  We loved Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles.  On this particular night there were no menus and they just asked us if there was anything we didn’t like.  From there they came out with course after course paired with Paso and French wines.  It was a perfect dinner!

Wineries:  The only appointment I made in advance was at JUSTIN Winery for their brunch & hike experience.  This was a special event in May as part of the region’s Annual Wine Festival.  No matter what time of year you visit I’d recommend a visit to Justin. The restaurant is excellent (make a reservation), the tasting room is high end and has a great selection of merchandise.  We really enjoyed the hike which involved learning about the grapes grown in Paso Robles, details about the wineries’ production and of course many sips along the way.  It is a beautiful property.  We also visited Tablas Creek, the American sister of France’s Domaine de Beaucastel, Turley Cellars, DAOU Winery and Sculptera Winery.  If you are a Zinfandel fan, or even if you are not, I’d recommend a visit to Turley and they can probably convert you into one.  The tasting room is nice; the wines are fabulous.  We stocked up on the Juvenile, one of my favorites.  DAOU has probably one of the best views in Paso Robles and it was lovely sitting outside at our own table for a tasting.  They make every tasting a seated, relaxed experience.  We loved the Chemin de Fleurs white blend (White Grenache, Viognier & Roussanne).  Our big discovery was Calcareous.  Definitely worth the windy drive.   Their wines are insanely good!

Where to stay:  Paso can be pricey.  We stayed in Atascadero just 10 minutes down the road at The Carlton,- excellent value and rooms are large and nicely done.  I would definitely stay there again.

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