Paso Robles is the third largest wine making region in California and the fastest growing, but seems to get neglected out there on the Central Coast. Let’s face it, with Napa, Sonoma, Lodi and the Sierra Foothills boasting great wineries only a spit bucket away, many Sacramento vinophiles aren’t going to make the 6 hour journey out to San Luis Obispo County unless they know that they are going to get stellar wines at a fair price.
This is why the good folks at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance have decided to take their show on the road. 30 of the region’s best wineries are coming to visit us next week to hopefully seduce us into making the journey. I have visited this area several times and keep finding new hidden treasures tucked away in the rolling hills. One advantage to the remote location is that you truly feel like you are visiting a hidden paradise of wine. Unlike Napa Valley, you are not going to get caught in a traffic jam of limos and tour buses.
And the wine is damn good. While I am disappointed that my personal favorite from the region is not represented (God bless you, Denner Vineyards, and your silky silky syrah), a number of world class wineries will be pouring their liquid art at wine dinners on Monday and at the Grand Tasting of Paso Robles Wines on Tuesday.
If you would like a chance to win two free tickets to the Grand Tasting, you’ll have to do a little research. The first 10 people to answer the question correctly will be entered into a drawing for the tickets. Email your answer with your name and your telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will notify the winner by Thursday.
What was the original name of the oldest commercial winery in the Paso Robles area?
PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY 2010 GRAND TASTING TOUR
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
SACRAMENTO GRAND BALLROOM
629 J STREET, SACRAMENTO
TICKETS: visit pasowine.com or call 800-549-WINE (9463)
$45 advance/$55 door (cash only)