Our weekend in Paso Robles could not have been better. Thank you to all for your amazing winery and food recs. We were so amazed by how beautiful the landscape is there. All of the winding roads and oaks were so beautiful. Everything was green and blooming and we really felt peaceful. What was amazing to us was that we did not see one tour bus and most wineries were not overun with people. Maybe its because we stayed mostly on the east of 101 and it was a Friday but it was so different from tasting in Napa or Santa Barbara. It was definately our favorite wine tasting trip so far. Here is a review of our trip:
First to Linne Calodo: Amazing! The wines were so robust, and had so much flavor, definately one of our favorite wine tastings. We actually loved their dessert wine, it was very rich. $7/tasting
Picnic at Carmody Mcknight: If you want to picnic, I would highly recommend this winery, its pretty far off the beaten path but worth it. The wine was very good, we bought a cab for our lunch that was excellent. Tasting was $3 for about 6 wines and some olive oil that they make. The grounds are lovely and they have great tables right next to their pond.
Tasting at Tablas Creek: We were actually a little dissapointed here. Maybe it was because we had high expectations, but the wine was just OK. They also were not that friendly and we felt rushed. $5 tasting
Adelaida: A highlight. Not only were they extremely nice but the wine was excellent. We ended up buying the most here, because the Zin was very good and we bought their dessert wine, Ice, which we loved. $5
Tobin James: We didn't like it here, but to each his own. Wines were OK, but it was not really our scene. Free tasting was nice though.
For dinner we went to Villa Creek and ate at the bar. We could not have any more wine that day so we had some drinks from the bar which were nice. Food I would say was pretty good. Had a posole type soup & carnitas tacos which were very good. The "kobe" beef sirloin was ok, maybe a little overcooked. The braised pork belly & polenta was sort of a miss, it wasn't very tender and there was maybe a tablespoon of polenta. Its a nice restaurant with a good atmosphere, maybe next time we would not sit at the bar and try some things from the actual menu.
Paso Olivo: Definately worth stopping for. The shop is very cute with all sorts of french inspired art, linens and books. The olive oil was so amazing, and we had a great time tasting them all, we especially liked the lime infused oil.
Went to Dover Canyon for a final tasting before heading down the coast to drive home. Dover Canyon was our favorite tasting. It is a very small winery with a tiny tasting room. They had about 10 different wines available for tasting and for $3 you could pick any 5. Their wines were very good and we bought a 2005 Tre Noce which was our favorite. They were very friendly and we really enjoyed ourselves.
We had a wonderful time in Paso Robles and as always would not have found all of the great wineries without the hounds. Thanks for all the recs! We can't wait to go back!