Wine Tasting in Paso Robles, March 1-4, 2012
My niece and her husband were having a housewarming party in Vista, CA, on March 3rd, so I took the slow road down US-101 and did some wine tasting in Paso Robles (http://www.pasowine.com/) on the way south, and on the way north a few days later.
On Thursday, March 1, I went to some of the "east side" wineries, mostly along Union Road, south of Cal-46 (the main-east west highway). Wineries I visited included:
- Pear Valley (http://www.pearvalley.com/)
- Maloy O'Neill (http://www.maloyoneill.com/)
- PasoPort / Steinbeck (http://www.steinbeckwines.com/, http://www.pasoportwine.com/)
- Bianchi (http://www.bianchiwine.com/)
- Eberle (http://www.eberlewinery.com/)
Thursday evening I stayed in San Luis Obispo. SLO has a great farmers market along Higuera Street. I had dinner at the Big Sky Cafe, and a few after dinner beers at the Central Coast Brewing Company. That was a long, long day!
The stay in San Diego County (Vista/Carlsbad) was fun, meeting my relatives at the Pizza Port in San Clemente; and visiting the Pizza Port in Carlsbad, as well.
I started back early Sunday morning, March 4th, on the drive from Vista to home. A very long day, but I was able to visit several wineries on the "west side" of Paso Robles:
- Rotta (http://www.rottawinery.com/)
- Venteux (http://www.venteuxvineyards.com/)
- Castoro (http://www.castorocellars.com/)
- Fratelli Perata (http://www.fratelliperata.com/)
- Doce Robles (http://www.docerobleswinery.com/)
- Caparone (http://www.caparone.com/)
Interesting finds include the "Black Monukka" dessert wine from Rotta; some very nice Montepulcianos from Fratelli Perata; and the great value Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Aglianico at Caparone. I'll probably be a return visitor to Fratelli Perata; Doce Robles; and Caparone.
I'm quite fond of the zinfandels and syrahs of Paso Robles; and I'm very excited about the italian varietals I've seen over the years (sangiovese, nebbiolo, refosco, aglianico, etc. ) No more wine tasting for a few months!