Somewhere around October, I am planning on heading to the Central Coast and Paso Robles area and am hoping some of you can recommend some good wineries for me to visit.

I am not interested in the wineries that make these overly extracted fruit bombs. The ones I am interested are ones that have stuck with traditional California style of winemaking or are trying to make their wines old world style. Thank you for any recommendations.
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Well, it depends on how far south you want to go, but if you get down to the Los Olivos or Solvang area, you'll want to get to Ephiphany (Eli Parker's own brand)in Los Olivos and in Solvang, Trio Cellars and Stolpman. Oh, they'll have the petite sirahs for you there, too!
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Originally posted by PetiteSyrahFan:
...I am not interested in the wineries that make these overly extracted fruit bombs. The ones I am interested are ones that have stuck with traditional California style of winemaking or are trying to make their wines old world style...

isn't that a contradiction? Wink just kidding, but i think i know what you have in mind... based on that, i'd recommend:

Babcock
Cargassachi
Garretson
Linne Calodo
L’Aventure

do yourself a favor, make time and contact Dave Corey @ Core Wine Co. in Santa Maria
I know the wines of the area quite well, but I've never visited, so I cannot vouch for the actual visiting experience. That said, within the context of your question (more restrained style with and an old world sensibility -- NONE of these except a Qupe white could really be mistaken for French)

Ojai
Melville
Brewer-Clifton
Qupe
Tablas Creek
Miura
Native 9
Hey Everyone!

Thanks for all the good tips I was able to glean from this thread, my wife and I just got back a couple of weeks ago. Wow what a great region I must agree the west is the best!

We went to some of the East side places on the first day, Tobin James, EOS, Eberle, and Bianchi. Kind of disappointed, nothing too interesting. Except for one standout, RN Estate, Roger is making some great juice. I was very impressed with his style and his dedication. I highly recommend stopping by for a visit, but you need to make an appointment which is not too hard since he is very accommodating.

The second day and for the rest of the trip we stayed on the Westside. We went to Justin and took the tour, we visited Josh @ Tolo Cellars, Lone Madrone (old hat zin) and Tablas Creek (who gave us a great tour of facilities), very impressed with the wine making efforts. Came home with a few.

The third day we visited with L’Adventure, Linne Calado (stick n Stones), Turley and Four Vines, again we were impressed with the wine making efforts and brought a few bottles home from each of these places.

The fourth day we cruised to Hearst Castle, which is only 35 minutes from the heart of Paso downtown and the traffic is nearly non-exsistent. Went up the coast a little to view the Sea Lions on the beach. Makes for a nice day trip.

Stayed @ a great B and B, just outside downtown Paso. It is called Villa Buena Vista. If you are ever in the area, I recommend a stay with them. Just ask for Patty! A side benefit (unbeknownst to us) is the nice (industry) discounts you can get just mentioning in conversation that your staying @ Villa Buena Vista. Everyone knows Patty! Wink

Then we had to come home, so sad. But lots of great memories, new friends made and some very good wine to drink.
Glad you had a good time in Paso, one of the best places to taste wine. I've been there a few times and liked it so much that I joined the wine club at both Justin and Tablas Creek.

For more moderately priced wines I don't think you can do better than Four Vines. The Mrs and I particularly love their Naked Zinfandel. Next to Justin is Carmody-McKnight, who are not very well known but make some really great wines. For those of us in our 50's or older you might recognize Gary Carmody from the TV show Land of the Giants (although I think his screen name was Gary Conway). The McKnight half of the partnership is his wife, a former Miss America.

The most beautiful winery in this area I've visited is without doubt Calcarious Vineyards. They are located on top of a mountain off Peachy Canyon and the views are simply spectacular. Their "Twisted Sister" meritage is fantastic too.
coelho alert coelho alert! Razz

you are talking a 90 mile distance... Roll Eyes

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Originally posted by mareff:
Qupe does not have a tasting room. Instead there is a winebar in Paso that sells their goods, at least I think it is in Paso, it might be in Los Olivos.
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Originally posted by mareff:
Qupe does not have a tasting room. Instead there is a winebar in Paso that sells their goods, at least I think it is in Paso, it might be in Los Olivos.


We tasted the wines of Qupe and Au Bon Climat with Rob Fry at the winery out in the wilds of Los Alamos.

I'm heading back out to Paso Robles for a work trip next month and will have a 1/2 day to visit a few wineries on Sunday when I fly in.  Rest of week, I'll be stuck in the office

Only one I'm definitely visiting is Tablas Creek and only one I'm not visiting is Turley (since I've already been there a few times in past year as they are only a few miles from office)

Probably can only fit in a couple more.  Any ideas?

jcocktosten posted:

We have not been in a long long time. If I recall, Adelaide is not far from TC

Denner, Halter Ranch

Probably does make sense to visit Adelaide once out there, since TC is about as far west in the Paso AVA you can get.

I'll map the other two out and see if they fit in well.

pinotlvr posted:
stefaniawine posted:

Aaron Wines  https://aaronwines.com/wines/

Aaron's a relative in law.   He makes great wine.

Thanks!  Looked up his location and I could practically walk from the office if I wanted to, and he's open till 5:30 on days he's open, so I can actually visit either Monday or Thursday when I'm there.

Sure thing.  The connection is my cousin Juli if you want to try name dropping.

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