It was a beautiful day at the 2017 Paso Wine Fest. With over 70 wineries showcased, the event was skillfully organized by region, so guests could easily maneuver through the menagerie of Paso’s best wines. We survived the heat while finding our new top picks for 2017.
Zenaida Cellars’ 2015 Knucklehead an 100% Petite Sirah. It has intense fruit forward characteristics combine with a velvety mouthfeel and mellow roasted nut tannin. Rich flavors of blackberry and plum, dark chocolate with toasted vanilla bean and leather.
We enjoyed it so much that we went to their winery for a tasting and ended up joining their incredible wine club.
Adelaida Vineyards & Winery’s 2014 Zin. Zinfandel is a natural for Paso Robles. This youthful wine is plush with brambly black raspberry fruitiness and a complex underbrush, manzanita-like spice.
To truly experienced the Adelaide, you must visit their exquisite tasting room with sweeping views their walnut ranch and estate vineyards. Adelaida Vineyards & Winery is located in the mountainous westside terrain of Paso Robles. The estate property reaches to 2,320 feet above sea level and sits at the highest elevation in the region.
Opolo’s Sparkling and crisp Chardonnay kept us cool during this extremely hot California day. Check out their winery on Sundays and take a scenic tractor ride up to the highest point of Opolo’s vineyards for a BBQ lunch with breathtaking views of the valley.
Pear Valley has an beautiful selection of reds, whites, dessert wines and more. Their Cabernet Sauvignon in particular has great concentration and acidity with a moderate tannin grip.
Pear Valley Vineyards is family owned and operated. They strive deliver the highest quality wines at affordable prices, and their tasting room and vineyard is absolutely exquisite.
Tablas Creek Vineyards’ 2014 Esprit de Tablas was a true palate pleaser. It’s a blend of four estate-grown varietals, propagated from budwood cuttings from the Château de Beaucastel estate. The wine is based on the dark red fruit, earth, spice and mid-palate richness of Mourvèdre, with additions of Grenache for forward fruit, approachability and lushness, Syrah for mineral, aromatics, and back-palate tannins, and Counoise for brambly spice and acidity.
Paso has so many incredible wines, and the Paso Wine Fest is a fantastic way the experience some of its finest varieties all in one place. We can’t wait for next year.