Monday, December 15, 2014

More Winetasting in Paso Robles

This past weekend, I returned to Paso Robles for some more winetasting.  I visited some old favorites as well as some tasting rooms that were new to me.  As in the past, staff were uniformly friendly and knowledgeable about the wines they were pouring.  There seemed to be some creep in the tasting fees.  Most fees were $15/person with some wineries' fees at $10/person.  I was quite surprised by the increase in wine prices.  Most of the tasting rooms had wines selling between $50 and $75.  Some tasting rooms had no wines for less than $45.  Those prices were a little too steep for my budget, but I did find some good wines in the $30 - $35 range.

While walking around the square in Paso Robles, we saw a sign for the Paso Underground tasting room.  This collective houses tasting bars from four small wineries, Edmond August, Turtle Rock, Dilecta, and Aaron.  All, except Aaron, were staffed when we visited.  The staff were all terrific; answering our many questions about their wines and the region as a whole.  Here you'll find interesting Zinfandel, Rhone Varietals, and other wines.  If you are strolling around the square in Paso Robles, stop in.  The tasting room is open Friday and Saturday from 1:00 until 7:00 p.m.  On Sunday, hours are from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m.

Turley is a very well regarded Zinfandel producer.  I had visited Turley's tasting room in Amador County but not the one in Paso Robles.  Again, we found very good wine and friendly staff.  One wine on the menu had made both the "Wine Spectator's" and "San Francisco Chronicle's" top 100 lists.  At $29/bottle, the  Old Vines California Zinfandel was a great buy.  Turley's tasting room is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

I still have many more wineries to check out so I'll need to come back for another visit.  If you would like to take a private tour from San Francisco to Paso Robles and/or the Hearst Castle, please contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at rick@blueherontours.com or (866) 326-4237 (toll free).