New year, new wine! January is all about uncorking the possibilities in Paso Robles Wine Country. With more than 300 tasting rooms, incredible lodging and unique events, there’s plenty of ways to chase your next craving in Paso. Not only will you kick off the New year with awesome experiences—you’ll also take advantage of our “off-season chill factor.” Sounds like a win-win to us! Now, go boldly forth and drink it all in.
Get out of your comfort zone
Shake it up: Whether it’s those comfy leggings or that binge-worthy TV show, we’re all guilty of falling into ruts. Don’t let this happen with your 2023 wine selections! With dozens of Paso-grown varieties to choose from, you’ll never find yourself reaching for the same bottle twice. Ready to explore? We recommend trying something adjacent to (but different than) your preferred pick. If you’re a fan of distinctive whites, pick up Tooth and Nail’s 2021 Statis Gruner Vetliner, a classic Austrian variety made with coastal California soul. Sleek, vibrant and super refreshing, this white is anything but boring. Is it your next favorite? You’ll never know till you try!
Expand your knowledge
Lifelong learners welcome: Learning is fundamental in Paso Robles Wine Country. Not only will you expand your knowledge surrounding Paso’s famous grapes, terroir and winemaking techniques, you’ll also get a fun peek behind-the-scenes. No velvet rope around here! At Eberle Winery, every tasting comes with a whole lot of know-how and authenticity. Learn how each pour is crafted while kicking back on their legendary patio, a popular hangout for imbibing bold reds. Want to take your schooling even further? Sign up for an Eberle cave tour, which whisks visitors through romantic caverns stacked with aging wine barrels. You’ve never been closer to the action!
Good to the last bite: When’s the last time you sat down to a truly spectacular lunch? If the answer escapes you, it’s time to tickle those tastebuds anew. In Paso Robles Wine Country, we know how to dine! Plus, no need to book a fancy white tablecloth affair if you don’t want to. Grab a picnic to go from Thomas Hill Organics (we recommend the pork belly tacos or banh mi sandwich) and make a beeline to the Hayseed and Housdon unique “garage” tasting room in downtown Paso, where you can book a private tasting with winemaker Ted Ross (who happens to the best host to hang with – Hayseed and Housdon has a 5 star, PERFECT rating on Google!). Yes, tasting rooms around here actually encourage folks to bring food, while many others serve full-on meals made-to-order (what a concept). What can we say: We think everyone should indulge more and diet less in 2023!
Get up and go
See you soon: Conveniently located between San Francisco to the north and Los Angeles to the south, Paso Robles Wine Country is a cinch to get to by plane, train, or car. It’s also a great time to book travel to Paso Robles, as January and February is the off-season (we should say that “winter” here typically means temperate). Expect more to love this January and February: enjoy the breadth of our food and wine offerings, sans excess crowds. Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture garden is the perfect place to escape. Featuring sprawling areas studded with statues, and majestic trees, you’ll enjoy food truck fare paired with live music every Saturday and Sunday. Meet ya there!
Don’t move a muscle
On the other hand: Why leave home when you don’t have to? Discover virtual winery tours allowing anyone to explore our unique tasting rooms instantly. Chateau Margene—known for producing boutique wines of superior quality—can be viewed virtually in all its scenic glory (click through a 360-degree romp of the winery’s tasting locations, tasting room and lush gardens). Or may we suggest that it is high time to treat yourself in-the-flesh to a truly outstanding wine tasting experience and tour with the owners of Chateau Margene that will WOW you – make a reservation now! (Geek out as much or as little as you want.)
Their vineyard includes four clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and a small lot of Sangiovese with outside sourcing of Syrah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Bonus, farming practices are organic and sustainable with the family passionately doing the lion’s share of the work.
One thing we’ve all come to enjoy in recent years? The rise of personalized goodies sent directly to our door. Be doubly delighted when a Paso wine tasting kit arrives on your doorstep next to that Amazon box of essentials. Simply sign up for one of our nifty virtual tastings and transform your coffee table into a tasting bar. The modern world is miraculous, isn’t it?
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally-owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Majestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full-service restaurant.
Enjoy time with your loved ones with a glass of wine while taking in the panoramic views of ONX Wines Certified Sustainable Estate Vineyard. Clark House is a five-bedroom, four-bathroom home that is a perfect escape for up to ten people. All five bedrooms offer views of the vines and are impeccably furnished to help you unwind from an exciting day of exploring the Paso Robles area.
The GENESEO INN is a luxury boutique hotel nestled in the rolling hills of Paso Robles wine country. Built of industrial shipping crates perched above the vines on CASS Winery’s 145 acres of vineyard, the experience truly allows you to “breathe in the vineyard views.”
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at chic, sparkling clean Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
Oxford Suites Paso Robles You’ll find that from our lobby, our on-site restaurant, to our meeting spaces, to our 101 spacious suites, every space is beautiful + functional as well as comfortable + chic.
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 160 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Ask us how you save 15% on booking service fees! Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.
The Farmhouse at Pelletiere Estate is a modern & luxurious wine country retreat. Privately situated & surrounded by our estate vineyards, located just off Hwy46w on a very accessible country road, nestled in the heart of Paso Robles’ renowned Westside, just 6 miles to Paso’s downtown square. The Farmhouse offers stunning vineyard views from every angle, as well as a stylish yet cozy house you’re bound to fall in love with!