I might be halfway through my Whole30 – but I am still dreaming of wine. If you haven’t heard of Paso Robles before… you are going to be glad you stopped by today! Well, your wallet might not be so happy… but your mouth will!
Paso Robles is halfway between San Fransisco and Los Angeles in the Central Coast of California and has more than 200 wineries. They have long warm days and cool nights making it a perfect place to grow wine. Zinfandel was the predominant varietal grown in the region up until the 90s when Cabs, Syrah’s and other Rhone style varietals started production.
They are known for big, bold, reds but many wineries source grapes closer to the ocean for some incredible pinot’s and LeCuvier makes the best white wine I’ve had.
What I love most about the region is how laid back and welcoming it is. The wine community can be off-putting at times, making you feel dumb or foolish for not tasting ‘notes of nutmeg’ in your wine. Paso Robles is the opposite. It feels like a small farm community that happens to make award winning wines. They love to talk about their process and odds are the winemaker is the one talking to you directly! If your palette isn’t advanced, or you just don’t taste what is in the descriptor, they will gladly talk you through what the winemaker thinks is there, while making you feel as if your individual tasting notes are just as important. It makes for such a fun trip.
And it is BEAUTIFUL. Breathtaking at times. There is nothing better than sipping a glass of good wine, with good friends, while overlooking vineyards. I mean, look at this view from Daou!
Fun fact! It is actually pronounced PASS-oh ROH-buulz despite every instinct in my body telling me otherwise. I’ve been to over 50 wineries in Paso, if you can believe it, and I discover new wines each time. I’m heading back in February and can’t wait for new discoveries!
Have you ever been? If so, what wineries do you LOVE?