Cute alpacas, fine wine, juicy estate grown beef and vibrant events—what’s not to love? Yes, Paso Robles own Oso Libre knows how to take fabulous flavors over the edge of indulgence. Sip award winning, artisanal estate wines at the winery’s Adelaida District tasting room, where sustainably farmed vineyards are deeply rooted in rugged, limestone hills. This terroir is more than just terrific to gaze at—it’s exactly why each glass of Oso Libre wine is so consistently so awesome. When paired with grass fed beef raised on site, you now can now have your burger and eat it too!
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1. Great grapes
Taste the unique terroir. While many wineries begin harvest September through October, Oso Libre begins its pick in late October through early November. This extra six-week hang time allows the grapes to develop rich, complex and elegant flavors. This harvest season, experience Oso Libre’s distinct varietal estate vintages, Bordeaux and Rhone blends and dessert wine offerings. You’ll see exactly what we mean at the very first sip.
2. Beef, baby!
There’s nothing like a big juicy beef burger to wash down that delicious red wine. Roll up your sleeves and dig into Oso Libre’s mouthwatering Estate Angus Burger events August 31, and October 19. Sip a glass of Oso Libre wine on the patio alongside a gourmet burger crafted by Chef Jeff Scott. These aren’t your basic lunch fare: expect oak grilled estate beef, cave aged gruyere, Azucar caramelized onions, whole grain mustard aioli, fresh baked brioche bun and organic field greens. Make it a family affair: Bring the kids and the dogs (on a leash), too. These burgers are sure to delight all ages, four-legged and otherwise.
3. Ten years of good taste
Be part of history in the making. Oso Libre’s tasting room will celebrate its 10th anniversary this October—be there to ring in the occasion! In 1996, Linda and Chris Behr purchased 90 acres of raw land on the westside of Paso Robles. Together, they developed the land and transformed it into a sustainable, modern working ranch. Livestock including Alpaca, suffolk sheep, grass-fed Black Angus, and free range chickens all work together to sustainably tend their vine rows and graze land. Their vineyards are deeply rooted in rugged, calcareous (limestone) hills exposed to sunshine and ocean breezes consistently producing rich, complex fruit. Now, the ranch hosts over 25,000 annual visitors. Pretty incredible, right?
4. Stellar points
High marks mean high quality. It’s as simple as that! Oso Libre’s Primoroso Especial (which received Gold and 93 points at the Sunset International Wine Competition) is a bold blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, Grenache and Syrah with alluring aromas of Gardenia, night-blooming jasmine and finishing with notes of cherry pie and butterscotch. Yum. Try this award winning wine alongside Oso Libre’s 91-point 2014 Quixotic Estate Cab, a gold medal winner. This 100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery’s flagship wine for a very good reason. Barrel aged for four long years in premium French Oak, you’ll notice hints of vanilla, bing cherry and smoke.
5. A fun fiesta
Plan to party. This November 2, join Oso Libre for its largest member-event of the year (of course, non-members are also welcome to join in the fun, too). Experience the traditional Dia de los Muertos event you already know, with a wicked wine country spin. Featuring mariachis, tacos, sangria, an interactive altar and more, this shindig deserves to be on your November calendar, stat. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. However, it’s always more fun when you dress up, don’t you think? Go big and sip boldly, too.
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.
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®
Treat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY
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 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
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.