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26 Ways Paso Robles Tickles My Fancy

Favorite moments from a recent visit

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After a recent visit I made a list of more than two dozen ways Paso Robles tickles my fancy. May the following list of Paso Robles favorites—see photos below—inspire a visit to this Central Coast paradise.

Visual Delights

Marvelous mural at L’Aventure, “where Bordeaux meets the Rhône” in owner-winemaker Stephan Asseo’s Estate Cuvée (Syrah, Cabernet, Petit Verdot) and other “crazy blends”

Bus shelter view of Main Street in laid-back Templeton

Fancy foudres (oak aging barrels) at Tablas Creek Vineyard, a pioneering winery (great tour) specializing in wines from obscure Rhône varietals

Heart Hill Vineyard at Niner Wine Estates, looking as fetching as ever

Wine barrel wall at Treana and Hope Family Wines

Repurposed tin barn roof, now siding, at Steinbeck Vineyards & Winery—the winery’s Cab Sauv, Zin and Crash Courses Jeep tours also impress

Polished fallen-oak tasting bar at Burbank Ranch Vineyard & Winery’s hilltop perch for tasting winemaker Steve Anglim’s well-crafted wines

Wild boar sculpture at Eberle Winery, where the Estate and Reserve Cabernets validate “Paso pioneer” Gary Eberle’s instincts about this region’s wine potential (love the cave tour, too)

Strong lines and soft hues at Brecon Estate, known for wines with “strength but soft tannins”

Simple Pleasures

“Vinpression” tasting-note illustrations of multitalented winemaker Jordan Fiorentini of Epoch Estate Wines

Vineyard-view hot tub at River Oaks Hot Springs Spa

Rockin’ roses at Broken Earth Winery

Wine on tap and darts at Lefondusac in Tin City, beer at nearby Barrel House Brewing Co.

Horse-tail “Do Not Disturb” signs and other genteel touches at Hotel Cheval, not to mention fireside s’mores in the open-air courtyard

Kombucha on tap at the Spa Central Coast, Kitty Arosteguy’s in-town haven of healing and serenity

Play of artificial light in the lobby and natural light at the Abbey of the Allegretto Vineyard Resort, your casually luxurious palazzo away from home

Reflection of Templeton Feed & Grain building in a window of the great McPhee’s Grill

Nibbles & More

Charming Chico proving he’s still the man at The Catch Seafood Bar and Grill

Cheese and charcuterie picnic lunch, including figs, olives and addictive Beemster Dutch Gouda, prepared by Vivant Fine Cheese

Hefty fork and plentiful pulled-pork sandwiches at Barton’s Kitchen Window at Barton Family Wines and Grey Wolf Cellars

Morning bun magic—cinnamon-sugar and moist light dough—at Kreuzberg Coffee Company

Wine, Beer & Spirits

Zorrolike “Z” on Zenaida Cellars facade, owner-winemaker Eric Ogorsolka describing his earthy Mourvèdre as “Grenache’s dirty hippie sister” (a definite keeper in any case)

Green Hornet—Mezcal, green Chartreuse, Strega, avocado, agave and lime juice, with bracingly
effective ghostpepper salt around the rim— at La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant

Labels of 13-year-old selves of winemaker Russell Paul From and others for the “Late Bloomer”
Grenache at Herman Story Wines, living up to its “Balls to the Walls Wines” motto with every bottle

Sippin’ rye and hangin’ with Joe Barton and Stephen Kroener at KroBar Craft Distillery

Paso Robles tickles my fancy in so many ways, last but not least the spice pairings (Umami spice bouquet + Lover’s Spell Syrah/Cabernet = Nirvana) of LXV Wine Lounge’s enchanting Neeta Mitta.


More Ways Paso Robles Tickles My Fancy…

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