Wine tasting trip to Paso Robles

Vineyard sunset 1024x384We took a trip to Paso Robles in late August to get away for a long weekend and try some new wineries and places to eat.

When we got to Paso Robles, and had settled into our hotel, we headed into town to find dinner and ended up at Blue Moon Grill – and yes I had a Blue Moon beer. Solid Mexican food.

We started Saturday at Eberle Winery. Their grounds were very nice and there was a good sized crowd tasting. There were a couple of the wines we liked and ended up buying. They do tours of their underground cellars, but we just missed one and did not feel like waiting for the next one.

Our second stop was Via Vega. It was off the beaten path. Just when you think you are lost, you find the sign for the winery. The road pretty much ended at their winery.
Their theme is very much adia de los Muertos vibe. When you walk into the tasting room it is dark – a big shock when coming in from the bright sunshine. But once your eyes adjust you can see that the ‘warehouse’ they are using for a tasting room has an eclectic interior.
There is a small Airstream trailer that has been converted to a mini-Tikibar, a music stage, and stacked barrels. Go here if you want to see if for yourself.

And while tasting, the 15-year old daughter of one of the ladies pouring got up on stage and sang several songs from different Broadway Shows. She has a great voice and is collecting tips to buy a guitar. It was relaxing to listen to her while sipping wine.

We took a break for lunch and based upon the recommendation of the folks at Via Vega we went to Fish Gaucho just off the downtown square. I had awesome fish tacos and Bev had a BIG burrito.

The first stop after lunch was at Chronic Cellars on the west side of town. They also have a dia de los Muertos vibe, but not nearly as dark. Lots of cool artwork on the walls and found a couple of wines we liked.

Our final stop was Vines on the Marycrest. We were the only ones there and had a great time talking to the guy doing the pouring. Interesting back story, which you can read about here.
We tasted 6 wines and liked six wines. Liked them so much we became members and came away with almost a full case of wine.

For dinner we were craving sushi and tried Goshi Japanese Restaurant. Hmmm, sushi. Tried some new combinations and enjoyed them all.

Overall it was a great trip to Paso Robles and we will definitely plan on going back – hopefully sooner than later.