There’s been a lot of talk about the potential subdividing of the Paso Robles AVA into 11 (I think) different appellations. Yesterday I read a blog post by Fred Swan, and he made a lot of sense in his argument for breaking Paso down in to 11 appellations.
I’ve written about it on here before and talked about how I don’t like the idea…and to be honest, I still kind of don’t. Although I agree with Fred’s position and the logic behind it, I guess I’m coming at it from an illogical place. I simply don’t like the idea because I hear so much talk about how in Paso Robles, the “west side is the best side”.
Now, whether the fruit grown on the west side is better than the east side is going to be up to your own opinion but my problem is that I don’t think one side could thrive without the other side. The other point is that there are a bunch of wineries on the west side that buy east side fruit and a bunch of east side wineries that buy Westside fruit (or have their own vineyards on the other side).
The “breaking apart” of this region just seems pointless to me in the sense of “togetherness” in this community. For the wine enthusiasts I do think the 11 appellations could be quite helpful but I’m not a wine enthusiast, I just like to drink.
I’m super open minded to all this and as I stated, my opinion is based more on the koombaya feelings rather than wine logic. So what are your thoughts? Is it good for Paso or no?