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Paso Robles Wine Country

Paso Robles wineries are best known for full-bodied red grapes, but this is only part of the story. Paso Robles Wine Country is a very large region with many nooks and crannies, so it is difficult to generalize local vineyards and wines. Rhone varietals, both red and white, do very well throughout the AVA. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc are also widely planted.

Although most Paso Robles Wineries have a warm, inland climate, anomalies do exist. The Templeton Gap lets quite a bit of cool, marine air into western parts of Paso Robles Wine Country. This allows for some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards.

Paso Robles Wineries are subject to a very active geologic history. The region has a number of canyons and hills that create different microclimates. The terrain of Paso Robles Wine Country is made of a number of soil types, including some scattered limestone deposits. Tablas Creek Winery owns vineyards on one of these limestone veins.

Paso Robles’ history of wine production dates to the days of the Spanish Missionaries. The first vineyards were planted at Mission San Miguel Arcangel during the late 18th century. Franciscan Padres made table and fortified wines with the Mission grape. Paso Robles Wineries now vinify several different varietals.

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Comments & Reviews

February 12, 2007 | Russ Beebe

President's Day Weekend I'll be taking four days to enjoy local hiking and tasting, including barrel tastings at Eberle and Le Cuvier. I love the area's zins, cabs, and pinots.

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