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There is just something about the place that makes Paso so darned alluring. Of course great wine and beautiful vineyards is what first drew us here. Tasting the distinctive minerality and chalkyness in the cabernet savignon’s from far away was like an unforgettable postcard whose reality exceeded our initial interest.
Paso Robles has a distinctive charm because it feels more laid back than some of the other wine regions in California. Here you can bring a picnic lunch to almost any vineyard (a tradition that has all but disappeared in Napa) and eat what you like with just mesmerizing flavors in every bottle. The wineries tend to be more intimate as well where you really get to chat with the staff and even owners about their philosophies and tastes.
What is so fascinating about Paso Robles is its authentic spirit of pioneering. This is obvious in the boom of wine production where only twenty wineries dotted the landscape fifty years ago there are now over 200. There is a nice mix of big name productions, small batch and boutique all mixed as neighbors. The climate is almost arid at times and the beautiful sunshine and dry heat were the perfect ingredients to allow us long lunches in the shade enjoying the fruit of the labors all around us.
These were some of the most memorable vineyards we visited for their quality of wine, layout and panoramic beauty:
Villa San Juliette
The unique climate of San Luis Obispo county means that besides good cab and zinfandel there are other local treats to be had. Walnuts are planted on the rolling hillscapes as well as olive groves. Pasolivo is a wonderful place with free tastings and excellent products we really recommend you try.
Paso Robles has all the modern amenities one can hope to enjoy, wine shops, tasting rooms, restaurants event centers and cultural performances happening year round. It is a slice of paradise without the overwhelming crowds and if you go in late July you can have most places to yourself and endless amounts of sunshine!