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!
There are more than 40 different grape varieties grown in the Paso Robles appellation with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel making up 72% of the regions 26,000 acres of vineyards. The region was originally known for its rich Zinfandels and heady Cabernets, but now has earned a reputation for the many Rhone varietals, including Viognier, Marsanne, Mourvèdre and Sarah.
Visiting the area during the holidays is a great way to experience this part of the central coast. With a number of top notch restaurants, classic California inns and plenty of great scenery, Paso Robles is an ideal destination this time of year. To lean more about all the activities, accommodations, and events get a free travel guide at TravelPaso.com. (They are giving away four complete weekend packages if you request the travel guide.)
Here are a few good places to stop who have special events or good discounts this month.
Jada Vineyards on the West Side of Paso Robles is having their Holiday Open House December 5th with Live Music & chocolates. They will also be selling some of their rare library wines. Also during December if you bring in an unwrapped toy or 3 or more cans of food you will receive a six bottle wine tote – very cool black bag with Jada label artwork. Taste the just released 2007 Hell’s Kitchen – Syrah/Tannat/Mourvedre Rhone blend. Yummy.
Rotta Winery has taken the expense our of shipping by offering throughout the month of December free shipping if you purchase four or more bottles of wine. They will ship for free anywhere allowed in the continental United States and for a small charge to Hawaii and Alaska. Also if you are a club member you can purchase wine this month for 25% off. Sounds like a good time to join the club and load up on that tasty dry farmed Zin or the late harvest Monukka.
Pomar Junction’s restored farmhouse is full of unique wine country treasures and wine gadgets. Save 10% during the month of December. While visiting see the Holiday Gingerbread Train and the real Boxcar and Cupola Caboose adjacent to their picnic area. The family owned winery features wines from their estate vineyard near Templeton– one of the first vineyards in the area to be a Certified Sustainable under the Central Coast Vineyard Teams SIP program. Try the 06 Reserve Cabernet, the 05 Merlot or the Syrah rose.
Veris Cellars, home to JanKris, Ben Hogan and Nova Vita wines is showcasing their brands with deep discounts on some of their most popular wines. The tasting room, just off of Highway 46 on Bethel Road, occupies a historic Victorian home built in 1892 and has breathtaking panoramic views. For the month of December save 40% on the JanKris Merlot and their delicious Zin, Cab and Merlot blend, Picaro. Also on special is the Ben Hogan two bottle pack, a perfect gift for any golfer. The winery also has gourmet gift baskets and plenty of good Paso wine to taste and share.
Eagle Castle Winery welcomes the public enjoy complimentary cookies, and hot cider Dec 12th, from 10:30 am to 4 pm. At 4:30 pm, they will open the doors to their cellar club members to socialize, drink some wine and sample appetizers. The optional Holiday Dinner will feature traditional Holiday foods, from Prime Rib, Ham to potatoes. Pastry Chef Holly’s, exquisite dessert table should not be missed. The cost is $10 pp Excalibur members, $15 pp Cellar Club and $20 for non members. All wine included, plus the ambiance will be set so nicely, with the fires crackling and a talented pianist that will have you sing along to popular Holiday music. RSVP limited seating, 805 2271428 x 215
Eos HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & 30% off all month
Paso Robles – Come out to Eos for the best of the holidays. Sip on mulled wine and sample holiday treats on Saturday Decmeber 12th. We will be having live Christmas music and great sales on wine and seasonal gifts. Make sure to try our holiday food and wine flights! This is sure to be a great time for the whole family. Saturday December 12th. Great 30%Discounts on six wines all month including, Reserve Zin Port and Pinot Grigio. Eos Winery Information.
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