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7 Paso Robles Wineries You Must Visit

3. Tablas Creek Vineyard

I spent at least 20 minutes debating whether Tablas Creek deserved the No. 2 spot or JUSTIN did. And if you asked me on another day, I might say Tablas Creek was better. So suffice it to say that these final three wineries are non-negotiable. If you go to Paso Robles, you MUST go. If you don’t, you will die an unfulfilled man or woman. Or baby rainbow kittens will perish. Or some other terrible fate will occur, like wine will disappear altogether. Seriously. It’s that good.
Made in the traditionally French style, everything I tasted from Tablas Creek was amazing. We were *this* close to joining the wine club — even my husband was on board, and he’s never been lured before by one. They age in these ginormous oak barrels, they have more 90+ point wines than they know what to do with and it’s just good. Plus, on site, you can even buy vines and they give you reusable water bottles to stay hydrated!
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13 Comments
  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