Paso Robles Holidays in the Wine Country
Paso Robles is a diverse, robust wine region with large resort style wineries making dozens of wines and small family run places that may make just a couple of wines from their own estate grapes. The region is more relaxed, rural and unpretentious than other wine areas and with over 150 tasting rooms there is plenty to taste!
Better Wine Tasting: The Winery Advisor Tasting Room Personality Profile
As the Winery Advisor, I visit hundreds of California tasting rooms each year collecting information to prepare detailed winery profiles for the California Winery Advisor.com website. We document the wine tasting experience by cataloging the amenities, ambiances, tasting fees, pricing and wines. And, yes, we like our job. After visiting almost 600, I have found they fall roughly within five categories.
Napa Valley Vineyards
Napa Valley is approximately 35 miles long and one to five miles wide. It’s snug between the Mayacamas and Vaca mountains in northern California and claims some of the most expensive agricultural land in the world. The convergence of the right soils, climate, elevation, and skills of the grape grower and winemaker, make Napa Valley one of the most revered wine appellations in North American.
Taste For Free
There are over 180 wineries in California that offer complimentary wine tasting. Click on a region to see a Taste For Free winery map along with links to extensive winery and wine tasting information.
Wine Dinner on the Dunes
Recently I had the chance to participate in Lone Madrone's Dinner on the Dunes Kayaking Tour. Besides making some very yummy Rhône, Bordeaux and Italian varietals and blends, Lone Madrone’s staff is an energetic and creative bunch that put together a great event.