This past Saturday we headed to downtown Paso Robles with two goals in mind…1) have fun and 2) taste some sustainable Paso Robles wine so I can review them for a new gig I have on cookingstoned.tv. Both goals were well accomplished.
We headed over to D’Anbino Cellars (they are SIP Certified) first, which is over at the train station. We’ve been there many times in the past for live music. It’s a pretty rad place to hang out and listen to music. You may even catch the D’Anbino crew in there playing instruments and singing if you’re lucky. A talented bunch.
Here’s what we tasted at D’Anbino:
2012 Rose $18.00
2007 Orchestration (65% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah) $28.00
2011 Orchestration (unsure of exact blend) $28.00
2011 Quadraphonic (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot) $28.00
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon $26.00
2007 Syrah $24.00
2006 Portamento $24.00 (375 ml)
While at the train station we decided to stop into Anglim Winery and say hi to Steffanie, of course we can never go there and not buy wine. We didn’t go through their whole lineup because I was trying to keep my palate fresh for the rest of our tasting adventure.
Here the few we tasted at Anglim:
2010 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard $28.00
2010 Viognier-Roussanne Hastings Ranch Vineyard $28.00
2009 Pinot Noir Fiddlestix Vineyard $48.00
2011 Grenache $34.00
From there we headed over to Burbank Ranch (they are SIP Certified) to taste and grab some lunch. We had not yet eaten there but heard it was really good. Burbank Ranch is over on Park St. where the Paso Wine Center used to be. Cool location and the people were awesome. We ordered a cheese and meat plate which was pretty damn awesome and also shared the Cuban sandwich with a bowl of tomato bisque. The food was incredible…in my opinion.
Here’s what we tasted at Burbank Ranch:
2012 Arneis “Little Rascal” $29.00 (I had never heard of or had this white wine before: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arneis)
2012 Sauvignon Blanc “Summer Moon” $21.00
2010 Grenache Blanc “Summertime” $27.00
2011 Zinfandel Rose “Summer Dreams” $21.00
2012 Zinfandel “Fall Colors” $34.00
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon “Fortunate Sun” $36.00
2010 Cabernet Franc “Sire” $48.00
2011 Malbec “Hidden Path” $47.00
2011 Tempranillo “Winter Moon” $41.00
So that was our Saturday. As you know we always love going downtown and hanging out. Sammy did great as well and polished a few tasting room floors, way to go little buddy. I’m really wanting to get over to the new Law Estate Winery as well as Rasmussen. Heard good things about both. Any wineries on your radar that are new or that you’re just really loving right now??
Wow that was awesome and your still walking lol I would not be able to taste that much wine I’ve really cut back and haven’t gone wine tasting in years. Glad you had fun and shared your info as usual.
Matt (a.k.a. Hoot) says
Beverly, LOL….too funny. We dump most and just take a small sip or so of each wine. often times we’ll spit too. I don’t blame you for cutting back…I’ve thought about it but have not yet. 🙂
Downtown tasting is always fun. I’m glad you qualified that you didn’t drink that entire line up! Make sure to add Ecluse Winery to your short list of wineries. We had their syrah-grenache-zin blend with tri-tip last night. It was fantastic. Rasmussen is a sleeper. Very good wine.
Matt (a.k.a. Hoot) says
Mark, LOL…no doubt. i would have been on the floor if I drank all of that. I’ve great things about Rasmussen…we’ve been to Ecluse but it has been some time. Need to get back there.