Put down the romance novel and cancel those dinner reservations—a real whirlwind love affair could be swirling in your glass! Grab your partner by the hand and make a break for Paso Robles Wine Country, where each bottle is bursting with passionate experiences tailored to bring you two closer together.
Traverse the lush vineyard terrain (nibbling delightful bites along your way) and end your adventure under a blanket of twinkling stars each night. Whether you’ve just met that special someone in your life or you seek to rekindle that old spark, Paso Robles Wine Country is where your love story gets interesting. The plot thickens!
1. Fall for a romantic red
There’s nothing more sultry than sharing a velvety bottle of red wine with your lover. We adore the vibrant blackberry charm of Lusso Della Terra’s 2014 Petit Verdot. Ribbons of plum, dark cherry and cassis meet a luxurious and rich mouthfeel (trust us, one sip will lead to another). ONX also offers up a divine date night sipper, especially when paired with a candlelit dinner. Their 2017 Brash blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Mourvèdre, ripe with spirit is jammy and bright, food friendly and boasts a weighty entry of rich plum boysenberry jam that cascade into a palate of fresh figs and cranberry. You’ll be giggling like you’re on your honeymoon in no time.
2. Day to night Paso
Immerse yourself in Paso Robles romance from daybreak to sunset. Cherish your special time together with a weekend trip (and promise to power down the iPhones before you step foot out the door). Explore Michael Gill Cellars plush tasting room, inspired by the luxury of French hunting lodges. Sip fantastic Syrah selections (20 all Gold and Double Gold medals received this year!) and admire the ancient oaks and green vines from a cheery patio. We recommend their 2016 Syrah that won Double Gold and Red Wine of the Year. Come nightfall, stay either at Michael Gill Cellars Vineyard Cottage or at Rio Seco Winery (pictured), where suites are replete with kitchenettes, and nestled in the vineyards. Of course, you’ll also find plenty of world class wine at the tasting room (or in your own room). And remember to pick up their estate-grown, hand harvested, extra-virgin olive oil. It is the BEST of the BEST…we keep our kitchen stocked, in fact we switched from liters to purchasing this liquid gold in gallon containers. Yes, we are smitten, and know you will be too!
3. Taste the love
In 1996, Linda and Chris Behr of Oso Libre Winery purchased 90 acres of raw land on the Westside of Paso Robles. Slowly, they developed the land and turned it into a sustainable, modern working ranch replete with alpaca, sheep and cattle, that hosts over 25,000 annual visitors. Their love story has become a true dream come true for their entire family (the kids are also involved in the ranch and winery). Allow your love story to collide with theirs at Oso Libre Winery’s upcoming Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner. Savor an intimate evening featuring a succulent five-course feast prepared by Chef Jeff Scott. Cheers to the road—and romance—less traveled! (Check out their virtual tour!)
Mapping and Directions to Oso Libre click here
4. Playful in pink
You and your main squeeze deserve to let loose and live a little! At KROBAR Distillery, craft spirits are the modern cupid’s arrow. Join the KROBAR crew on February 15 for a special Rosé Cocktail Party. This is not your average blush, however: Expect a unique love potion crafted with Grey Wolf’s Rosé and Krobar Pink Gin (our fave)! To add to the fun, all spirits products will be 10% off!
Mapping and Directions to Krobar Distillery click here
5. Pink passion
Looking for more pink passion? Rotta Winery’s 2018 Syrah-Grenache Rosé is a flirty blend of bright nectarine, strawberry, rhubarb and peach. No wonder, Rotta sits on some of the finest grape growing soils in the famed Willow Creek District of the West side of Paso Robles and is part of the Mendoza, Argentinean Budeguer Family wineries that have an environmentally conscious approach. Fredrick Bizzotto is their winemaker who crafts unique and unforgettable wines that are fresh, vivacious, modern and very impressive.
Mapping and Directions to Rotta Winery click here
6. Turn up the heat
Been a while since you’ve taken the time to cook together? Stop by Rangeland Wines and pick up an incredible cut of beef to prepare with love (and sip lots of wine while doing so). The winery’s estate raised, natural grass-fed beef is always dry aged to perfection, so you can expect a truly memorable meal together. Although you can pick-up this marvelous meat locally at J&R Meats in Paso Robles, it’s more enjoyable to pick up your selection at the Rangeland tasting room, where you can sip a lineup of high caliber wines.
Another fave of ours is Iron Oaks Winery. They offer locally raised, damn good, sustainable beef from owner/winemaker/cowboy, Doug’s family ranch that you can pickup at the tasting room along with bottles of sumptuous wines (plan on playing a few rounds of hilarious “Shoot the Boot’). From their land to your plate with quality you can taste. And you know what they say: Couples who grill together, stay together!
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.