Keep your cool while savoring refreshing Paso wine this Spring! From zesty and bright to acid-driven and floral, now is the best time to discover the lighter side of Paso Robles Wine Country. Sure, the big bold reds tend to get most of the spotlight aground here, but—and here’s the whole truth—Paso’s crisp, award-winning whites are on par with any classic cabernet sauvignon.
A quick google search pulls up stellar reviews and accolades for every thing from fabulous Rhône and Spanish varietals and stainless steel treated chardonnay. But don’t take our word for it—pop the cork on your own perfectly chilled bottle. As the days heat up in Paso, the wine chills out (you should do the same). Don’t sweat it—choose these five perfectly refreshing whites for your next backyard feast!
A tantalizing twist on the standard: Love chardonnay, but could take or leave the oak? Well, Donati Family Vineyard’s 2019 Sisters UnOaked Chardonnay is your new bestie. This 100% stainless steel aged offering features tropical aromas of ripe lemon, guava and plumeria, giving it a totally fresh vibe that you just won’t find in any other bottle. The palate tightens around lemongrass and Meyer lemon-pith flavors, with those riper guava-flesh flavors returning for the finish. Yes, all this deliciousness with zero oak! It’s a crisp, clean take on the classic. Pure magic, I tell you.
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Best blend in the West
Winning trio: Good things do come in threes! With 50% roussanne, 35% marsanne and 15% clairette blanche, Straight out of Paso’s 2019 White Rhone Blend is totally sumptuous and substantial—a red wine drinker’s white if we ever tasted one. Pair with an assortment of cheeses—really, this one pairs spectacularly with them all. Pale straw in color, this is one little lady you shouldn’t underestimate. With lush tones of honeysuckle (and rich honey), fabulous acidity, and notes of bright citrus bursting from each sip, you’ll wonder just how they packed so much flavor in one little bottle!
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Rosé on the rise
Sophisticated, not sweet: Pink drinks don’t all have to be all pool floats and bachelorette parties. In fact, Paso Robles crafts some of the most coveted rosés around (think Parisian, not Palm Springs). Hoyt Family Vineyards’ 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé is the perfect example of the new wave of blushing beauties: Refined and elegant, this dry estate grown offering has already claimed 99 points, double gold and Best of Class from the California State Fair. Yep, this wine is all about business in front with a bit of party in the back (notes of strawberry and citrus keep the overall vibe juicy). The best of both worlds, just like our favorite haircut…
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Celebrate good times
You deserve a treat: Not every occasion calls for a perfectly spiced dessert wine, but some (like finally cleaning out the garage or sticking to that virtual workout) do deserve a little extra pizzazz. For nights like these, reach for ONX’s 2015 Post Script, a totally festive sweet blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier just begging to be shared and savored. Once poured, the aroma of exotic fruit burst out of the glass. Next, Turkish apricots, Ceylon ginger, Madagascar vanilla bean, and Persian saffron all arise from the bouquet. Maybe you can’t hop in your private jet to celebrate the occasion, but your tastebuds won’t know the difference.
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Taco time is here again: It’s a high point of the spring season here in Paso Robles: the first time you slap some fish tacos on the grill! As the tender flesh begins to sizzle, pour a chilled glass of Bodega de Edgar’s 2020 Albariño, sourced from Shale Oak Vineyard in Paso Robles. Now we’re cooking with fire! A hefty squeeze of lime brings the whole thing together: Notes of lemon blossom, honey, pineapple and tropical aromas pair with dazzling acidity on your tongue. Who needs cerveza? Congrats, I think you just found your beach!
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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.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.
Spend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.
Hoyt Family Vineyard Retreats Two very cool, tiny houses, designed using fertile imagination and repurposing of materials are located on Hoyt Family Vineyard.
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®
Enjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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.
Peachy Canyon Guest Inn Sits above Peachy Canyon Winery + acres of vines at Mustang Springs Vineyard. The house has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living room, family room + panoramic views.
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 90 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. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.