On Downtown Paso Robles Wines

Downtown Paso Robles has numerous winery tasting rooms and several tasting bars. Since we went downtown at the end of a tasting day, we were less inclined to attack their offerings – thus much went unexplored.

Pianetta Winery
PianettaTastingRoomAfter accidently meeting Caitlin Pianetta at a Cincinnati tasting in early 2009, I established contact with her and our trip to Paso Robles was on — so when we visited her at the Pianetta tasting room, she was pleased and treated us like family.

We probably sampled everything and the petite syrah, the one she served in Cincinnati, still shined. Paso petites are not as tannic as more northern petites, yet they maintain the unique flavor petite syrah offers. Yes, we purchased here.

I encourage visitors to stop by the Pianetta tasting room and tell Caitlin, “Frank from Cincinnati sent me.”

Anglim Wines
Like Pianetta, Anglim is a small, family-owned winery producing high-quality wines. Although they produce some blends, Anglim features various single-varietal wines. Loved the late-harvest, port-style syrah!

The Anglim tasting room is a few blocks off the square and we were in luck as Steffanie Anglim, the winemaker’s wife and business partner, served us their delightful wines. She was a pleasure and given the wines, another purchase for us.

Asuncion Ridge & Bodegas Paso Robles
These two wineries share the same tasting room. Fortunately for us, Dorothy Schuler (the Bodegas winemaker) was there and shared freshly-picked tempranillo grapes that she uses for her wines made from these Spanish-based grapes.

Asuncion Ridge features pinot noir, which isn’t widely produced in this region (because of the heat), but their vineyards are located in a pinot-suitable location. We didn’t purchase here because the shipping box was full.

Edward Sellers
A server in Los Olivos recommended Edward Sellers (which was around the corner), so we visited their downtown Paso Robles tasting room. Note: The Paso tasting room will be moving to their west-side vineyard location in the future.

Edward Sellers offers good red blends and a tasty syrah – plus have received 90+ scores from Robert Parker – but we didn’t buy because the shipping case was full.

Downtown tasting rooms to visit next time

Other Posts about this Vacation

Downtown Tasting Bars

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4 thoughts on “On Downtown Paso Robles Wines

  1. I’ve actually been trying to find a decent winery in the New York area for a nice change of pace date with the wife. I’ve never attended a wine tasting but it seems like a cool experience.

    • Hey Rad,
      Wine stores also do tastings, but beware, there are basically two types of tastings.

      1) Walk Up: that is the store has a taste time (ex 5-8) … people walk up when ever during that time slot, taste, pay and then go home.

      2) Sit Down: Usually more like a presentation around a theme. I prefer these because they are more educational. Therefore, this is a great place to learn … and an evening out.

      Thanks for visiting.

    • 3rd Stone,
      It was a great few days of wine tasting …. but so was the final day along the coast. Relaxing area to visit!

      By the way, stop after 8 bottles next time! Thanks for commenting!

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