Lighten up! Luxurious reds and velvety textures will always have their sensual allure, but as spring approaches in sunny Paso Robles, bright, beautiful wines are taking center stage. (Yes, we are seeing tender green grass blades sprouting up as we speak!) Savor a fresh start with Paso Robles Wine Country’s world class whites, which range from creamy and charismatic to clean, crisp and oh-so-cheeky. From a juicy rosé perfect for sipping by the pool to surprisingly sophisticated screw-top selections sure to elevate your next picnic, it’s time to see the light. Ready for your own Paso Robles wine palate cleanser? You’ve come to the right place.
Hoyt Family Wines 2017 Chardonnay
Paso’s best and brightest: The winery’s newest release is also the most drinkable. An overachiever? Oh yeah! Crisp, with hints of oak and butter, this crowd-pleasing Hoyt Family chardonnay is both sumptuous and acidic. Yep, it’s a Paso Robles classic and one that really put this family owned and operated winery on the map. Want to try before you buy? Grab the winery’s exciting new Tasting in a Box, available from their webside. You’ll enjoy five varietals (including that awesome chardonnay). Pair the box with a virtual education option or just toast with friends and family over zoom. It’s a charmed life and a charmed chardonnay, that’s for sure.
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Monochrome 2018 Sense of Out of Place Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend
Are white wines your thing, your only thing? Meet your next new bestie, Monochrome, who focuses exclusively on white wines, the only winery in Paso Robles to do so. Some people think of white wines as simple, one-dimensional, or a lesser sibling to red wines. We disagree, and they aim to create complex, interesting and layered white wines by applying the same level of effort, creativity and passion that most wineries reserve for their very best red wines. Their goal is to stand against the “white wines are simple” mindset, and champion the fact that there is nothing simple about crafting (or enjoying) elegant, and memorable white wines. Intrigued? Order your five Monochrome wines’ virtual tasting kit, each of which has scored 90+ points from the critics!
You’ll also definitely want to purchase their 2018 Sense of Out of Place, that garnered 93 Pts from Jeb Dunnuck and 91 Pts Wine Enthusiast and from Forbes was named one of the top 10 wines for your holiday, every holiday, table! “Clean and grassy aromas meet with rainy cement and a hint of peach blossom on the nose of this blend of 53% Sauvignon Blanc from McGinley Vineyard and 47% Chardonnay from Donnachadh Vineyard. There is a great sizzle to the sip, which is crisp with dried apple and bright Meyer lemon flavors and wrapped in chalky tannins.” Matt Kettmann
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Tooth and Nail 2019 Rabble Rosé
All rise for ready-to-drink rosé! Like the first hint of fragrant spring blooms, the right rosé has a way of mesmerizing the senses and kick-starting the heart. Tooth and Nail’s 2019 Rabble Rose is no exception (plus, the screw top makes it effortlessly enjoyable anywhere, anytime). You’re sure to fall head over heels for this wine’s deliciously dry flavor, bright citrusy aromas and a flirty, punchy palate. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, all you’ll taste is pure, passionate fruit expression. Yep, it’s a spring sunset in a bottle!
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Villa San Juliette 2018 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
A lasting impression: When Wine Enthusiast awards a wine 93 points and celebrated wine critic Matt Kettmann gives the wine two thumbs up, you know you’re in for something special. How special? Think: “clean lines of green pear, green plum, white flower and crushed chalk.” Immediately appealing on the palate, this wine from Villa San Juliette has a way of charming even the most knowledgable wine enthusiast with exotic waves of key lime and guava goodness. What’s not to love?
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Hayseed and Housdon 2019 Steel Reins Edna Valley Chardonnay
Have you ended a long-term relationship with chardonnay because you got tired of the same old oaky song and dance? Well, Hayseed and Housdon’s 2019 Steel Reins Chardonnay is sure to make you a true believer once again. Dry, crisp and clean, the this stainless steel fermented, Chablis-style chardonnay offers up notes of white peach and green apple with a hint of honey, just for kicks. Plus profits generated through the sale of our 2019 Steel Reins Chardonnay are split 50/50 with RISE, an SLO County based organization that provides crisis intervention to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence. Yes, this truly is one chardonnay you can feel good (really, really good) about.
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This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
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
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.
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.