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7 Paso Robles Wineries You Must Visit

7pasoroblesGuys. I just got back from an epic trip. Bookended by two weddings of two sets of dear friends in California (one of them was FBG Tish!), Ryan and I found ourselves out with another couple (Hi Tessa and Mike!) in Paso Robles wine country for three glorious nights and four glorious days of wine-tasting, eating, cooking and generally being awesome.

This pretty much sums Paso Robles up.

This pretty much sums Paso Robles up.


Guys. I just got back from an epic trip. Bookended by two weddings of two sets of dear friends in California (one of them was FBG Tish!), Ryan and I found ourselves out with another couple (Hi Tessa and Mike!) in Paso Robles wine country for three glorious nights and four glorious days of wine-tasting, eating, cooking and generally being awesome.
Now, I’ve been to Sonoma before, and it was gorgeous. But, man, I think I liked Paso Robles even more. Something I honestly didn’t think was possible. We stayed in a little cottage in Templeton, which was both in rolling-hills wine country and just miles from the gorgeous Pacific coast, and it was beyond picturesque. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been or seen. Like, pinch-me-is-it-real? beautiful.
templeton
I’ll share more of my foodie adventures from the trip in the coming weeks, but I had to start by talking about the wine. Because, OMG, the wine. I’m not sure if it’s because I know wine better now and am more skilled at picking the right wineries to visit, but almost everything we had was not just good but amazing. Of the tasting rooms we visited, I would absolutely recommend almost all of them and even go back, which is a pretty high this-is-amazing percentage. Listed from awesome to my No. 1  favorite, here are seven must-see wineries in Paso Robles!


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  1. Tessa says:

    I think I have a love/hate relationship with this post. Love the wine, hate that I’m not drinking it right now.

    1. Jenn says:

      I sooo understand that feeling. Let’s go back! NOW.
      —Jenn

  2. Mark says:

    Maybe a ridiculous question, but…
    My wife & I are staying at nearby Cambria this weekend, just about a year after you took your trip. It’s unseasonably(?) hot, even on the coast, so we may go in to Paso Robles hoping to find some wineries that have air conditioned tasting rooms. Crazy? If not, do you have a recommendation? Thanks.

    1. Jenn says:

      Oh fun! Almost all of the ones we visited did have air I think, so my recommendations in this post still stand! ENJOY! 🙂
      —Jenn

  3. Lauren says:

    Agree with Tessa, shame not to be drinking a bottle right now, but I will be tonight. As for air conditioning, wine is meant to be kept at a particular temperature, less than 70° F, otherwise wine will age more quickly resulting in flat aromas and flavors. Ideally the storage temperature range is between 45° F and 65° F. Accordingly, it follows that wineries must have cooling systems in their tasting rooms.
    If you and your readers would enjoy tips on which Paso Robles wineries to visit including tasting trails you can email us or visit our website http://www.PasoRoblesWineries.net. We have everything listed with mapping and directions that you can view on your desktop, tablet and phone including best wineries, restaurants, hotels, sweet shops, cafes, breweries, etc. Our email is whatsup@PasoRoblesWineries.net.
    Cheers!

  4. Craig Paisley says:

    Heading to Paso this February for our annual trip. There are so many good wineries now in the area it is tough to put a list together of the best…..but the next time you go to Paso, you must visit Le Cuvier. If you have not been. They have a new tasting room (which is an awesome place with incredible views) and their wine is life changing .
    (I’m very selective in terms of wine club membership – have three from Paso: Le Cuvier, Tablas Creek and Chateau Margene).

    1. Jenn says:

      Hi Craig,
      I will so add Le Cuvier to my list for the next time we go! 🙂
      —Jenn

  5. Annetta says:

    I frequent Paso Robles wineries often…. love your choices and your blog. Please share the little cottage in Templeton.

    1. Jenn says:

      It’s great, isn’t it?! Unfortunately the cottage we stayed out is no longer on VRBO.com (where we found it originally). SO sorry!!!
      —Jenn

  6. Are you aware that Justin is involved in clear-cutting forests to plant new vineyards and build huge retention ponds? Hundreds of oak trees have been felled recently. Justin apparently has no regard for the Paso Robles environment or their neighbors. I’d urge your neighbors to visit a lot of other nice places, but don’t support Justin.

    1. Jenn says:

      Hi Randy,
      Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Will definitely look into it!
      —Jenn

  7. Sandra Espig says:

    Next time you are in Paso Robles you will need to try the east side. They have some of my favorite winerys

    1. Jenn says:

      Oooh! Will do! Which ones are your faves on the East Side?
      —Jenn