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Paso Robles City Trip

The JUSTIN Tasting Room in Paso Robles, California


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PASO ROBLES DAY 3: Vivant Cheese, Westside Wineries, Il Cortile

Today you'll explore the westside of Paso Robles. The scenic country roads you'll be winding through will offer up glimpses of deer, wild turkeys, soaring hawks, and — if you're really lucky — the occasional fox or bobcat. Keep in mind that you may be visiting smaller wineries that have limited days of operations, so plan accordingly, and don't count on reliable cell service, especially as you head farther northwest.

Packing up a bite to eat is a good idea. Many wineries have scenic picnic tables where you're welcome to enjoy your snacks, so stop by Vivant Cheese or DiRamondo's Cheese Shop for some yummy treats. If you want a good breakfast for the road, House of Bagels on the south end of town makes authentic boiled bagels and an assortment of schmears.

The westside of Paso Robles boasts a staggering number of wineries and wine tasting rooms. Enjoy the Zinfandels from J Dusi (a revered and respected name in winegrowing circles for four generations), the Rhônes at Tablas Creek and the broad range of wines at Castoro Cellars. For tasting room experiences a bit above and beyond, revel in the state-of-the-art sustainable design at Shale Oak Winery, absorb the feng shui energy at Pipestone Vineyards, or revel in the chic new lounge vibe at Treana/Hope Family Wines.

A few destinations on the westside produce artisanal products other than or in addition to wine. Brochelle Vineyards shares a tasting room with Limerock Orchards, a producer of local walnut oil, and just up the road you can taste award-winning olive oils at Pasolivo. In the same area of Vineyard Drive is Oso Libre Winery, which makes its grass-fed Angus beef available to wine club members, and if you head north and take Adelaida Road back into Paso Robles, you'll pass by Villicana Winery, a family-owned producer of both fine wines and the refined lineup of handcrafted spirits.

The vineyard at Villicana Winery in paso Robles, California

Back in Paso Robles, you can relax and recap your vacation in the calm elegance at Robert's, on the Paso Robles Inn's deck overlooking the park, or in the European al fresco ambiance of Thomas Hill Organics' patio.

Perhaps on your next trip to the area, you'll visit cities such as San Luis Obispo, Cambria and Morro Bay, and check out other local attractions and events like Hearst Castle, Montaña de Oro State Park and the Festival Mozaic — a 10-day celebration of classical music. Until then, rest assured that you've gotten a real glimpse into the Central Coast and El Paso de Robles.

By Katy Budge


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