Paso Robles Is Open And Waiting for You to Visit

by | Jul 22, 2021 | Eve's Wine 101

It was our first time to stay at the new Stables Inn, as well as visiting tasting rooms in downtown Paso owned by Justin and Diablo Paso. We visited both Artisan Uprising and Jeff Branco Cellars in their large-scale shared winery. Then we reconnected with the two young men behind TW Ferm Co. Rounding off our trip with a tasting and Jeep tour around Hoyt Family Vineyards.

Stables Inn
If you are planning a trip to Paso Robles you must check out Stables Inn on Spring Street, just walking distance to downtown, for a completely different experience. We loved our tidy rooms, seeing guests with their dogs, the horse theme everywhere, time around the fire pit drinking wine at night plus coffee and locally made pastries in the “Tack Room” in the mornings. This is how they describe their Inn: With touches of Western chic, the Stables Inn is the perfect place to call home as you explore and enjoy all that Paso Robles has to offer.

Justin Vineyards and Winery
Downtown Tasting Room
Visiting Justin Vineyards and Winery is a highlight of any Paso wine trip. For those of us that are limited on time, did you know that they opened a tasting room downtown two years ago? Sure, you won’t get a vineyard view, but once you start sampling their wine who needs a view? You can have tastings, pairings, learn about their “Wine Society” club and shop for gifts too! Don’t miss the underground cellar (I did!) to the left when you walk in. And don’t miss a taste of wine with an in-house-made cheese and charcuterie board to start, and chocolate to finish. Wines we loved: 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 Rose, 2017 Isosceles Bordeaux blend, 2016 Isosceles Reserve Bordeaux blend, 2016 Platinum Reserve Cabernet and 2017 Reserve Tempranillo. And if you see John Toigo, the Hospitality Operations Manager, say hello from me!

Jeff Branco Cellars
Check this out, “Bordeaux trained, Wine Spectator Top 10 Winemaker Jeff Branco personally hosts tastings of his hand crafted wines.” It sounded great to me the first time I was charmed by Jeff and now, years later, again when I got to taste his wines and get a mini blending course! Wines we loved: We tasted five different Bordeaux wines, all from the same vineyard, that were incredible when Jeff blended them – a Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

Vina Robles Winery
Stop #1 in Paso was to Vina Robles Vineyards and Winery off of East 46. It was so cool to see so many guests sitting under big umbrellas, ordering food and enjoying wine! Though inside tasting was available we loved the open air seating outside. Sommelier Ceili took great care of us, explaining how well winemaker Kevin Willenborg worked with their farmers – had the perfect “marriage” so to speak – and we noted that all of the wines were well priced = accessible to all. Wines we loved: 2020 Rose, 2018 Grenache, 2017 Terra Bella Syrah and the 2017 Suendero red blend of Cab/Malbec/Petit Verdot.

Artisan Uprising
David and Billy Vondrasek of Artisan Uprising are known to some in Santa Clarita for being the first to drop everything and make hand sanitizer pretty much on day one of the pandemic, and deliver it to our local hospital, among other places. The Vondraseks have also donated to Cocktails on the Roof and last year’s Vine 2 Wine. Their unique label art and back label manifesto illustrate their dedication to their craft, as does the wine inside. Wines we loved: 2020 Rose of Malbec, 2015 Merlot and 2016 Tempranillo.

Sculpterra Winery
What winery in Paso can you recognize easier than Sculpterra? From the very first sign, to the gardens in the front and back, your eyes are treated to amazing sculptures and a huge mural amongst the vineyards. The perfect setting for wine tasting! Wines we loved: 2019 Pinot Noir, 2019 Repousse GSM, 2017 Figurine Primitivo/Cab/Merlot blend and 2017 Maquette Bordeaux blend.

Hoyt Family Vineyards at the Farm
Though Hoyt has a convenient tasting room downtown we opted to visit their ranch nearby for a hair-raising experience, aka The Jeep Tour, after tasting through their lineup. Wines we loved: 2019 Hoyt 2 Hoyt Sparkling, 2019 Viognier, 2017 Rose of Pinot, 2017 Chardonnay (their signature wine and the last from their Malibu vineyard that burned down), a Cabernet Sauvignon from both 2013 and 2014 vintages and their 2014 Petite Sirah.

Diablo Paso Winery
Downtown Paso Tasting Room
Winemaker Enrique Torres of Diablo Paso Winery is dedicated to producing some amazing Spanish varietals, has 21 years of harvest experience and a beautiful wine tasting room – with some evening hours – right in downtown Paso! We always enjoy visiting and tasting with Enrique and have missed him at events. Wines we loved: 2019 Albarino, 2020 Sin Pecada Rose wine made with Garnacha/Albarino/Tempranillo, and a 2017 Tempranillo.

TW Ferm Co
College friends Paul Quinn and James Schreiner developed Thomas William (their middle names) Fermentation Company, aka TW Ferm Co., to make stellar wines. This is a winery we discovered at a past Garagiste event that we were anxious to try again! Wines we loved: 2016 Straight Cab and 2016 Cultivator blend of Cab/Malbec/Merlot, have now been joined by a yummy 2019 Chardonnay that was created because James’s mother wanted one! These wines are nearly all going to club members so check them out soon!





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