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Unpretentious Paso Robles Wineries?

alanstotle | Apr 17, 200806:58 PM     39

A couple recent threads on Paso area wineries has got me thinking. What wineries in the Paso Robles area would you consider unpretentious or down-to-earth?

What do I mean when I say "unpretentious"? How about some or all of the following characteristics:

-Don't charge for tastings. Or if they do charge, they're not trying to pawn off a souvenir glass. Or if they do give you a glass, they don't make a big deal out of it.

-Lack of attitude. They' re interested in having you taste their wines. They're not interested in convincing you that you're in the middle of Napa Valley.

-Small quantities. They seem interested in making a high quality wine (in addition to a profit). They're not interested in making a profit instead of a high quality wine.

-Low-key tasting room. The tasting room hasn't been remodeled to look like a French chateau. And if it has been remodeled, it's still pretty basic.

-Meet the owners. When you get into the tasting room you have a good shot (better than 50-50) that the person pouring the wine is one of the owners.

-Smaller parking lot. They don't have room for a limo to park. And if they did, they probably wouldn't allow a limo there anyway.

Well, you get the idea. My intent here is to start a discussion about a certain kind of Paso winery (& why they are that kind of winery) but without repeating previous threads that list & describe the best wineries generally. Perhaps even a discussion about how to define "unpretentious" when applied to wineries would be appropriate (agree or disagree with my criteria above?)

Looking forward to your ideas.

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