Well…mostly for the west side.
I love the mentions of Eberle, J. Lohr, Tablas Creek, and Saxum. Jason Haas of Tablas gets quoted a few times in the article which is great as well. The question that arises for me is, does the west side of Paso Robles produce BETTER fruit and BETTER wine than the east side or is it simply DIFFERENT fruit and DIFFERENT wine than the east side?
This is a topic that comes up from time to time and to be truthful I don’t think the question matters. Which side produces better fruit or wine? It sounds like an argument that should be had in the sandbox with kindergarteners.
In my mind there is crappy fruit out there on both sides as well as crappy wine. On the other hand I believe there is high quality fruit (and wine) on both sides. As someone that wants to see all of Paso flourish and not just one part of it, I think we need to move past questions like this and instead explore the differences not which side is better.
This may simply be a topic of interest to the 1%’ers. You know, the elite 1% of wine drinking folks. The wine geeks. I have seen many east side wineries with full parking lots time and again. I also know there are west side wineries that buy east side fruit…and vice versa.
I am open minded though. I’m willing to be proven wrong. Maybe everyone really does care about sides…about territory. You know, like the Bloods and the Crips. Or maybe, as humans, we kind of like the drama. We need to have a numero uno. We need to have something to talk about. We enjoy the us versus them…pitting this man against that man.
Either way, I appreciate any article that promotes Paso in some way. It seems there have been a lot lately. Here’s another recent article that was quite long and mentioned a wheelbarrow full of local joints, it was done by Passport Magazine and simply titled, ‘Paso Robles Wine Country’. There was also a short mention of Paso Robles in this one by Lonely Planet titled, ‘Visiting California’s Wine Country’.
Annie’s thoughts on this whole matter: For me, it still goes back to the point of “drink what you like and like what you drink”. If a bunch of sommeliers came here 4 years ago and didn’t think there were any wines to fit in their programs, then that tells me they’re either too picky or they don’t know the broad spectrum of their clientele. You can’t tell me that they couldn’t sell a bottle of Pear Valley, Eberle, Tobin James or Steinbeck in their restaurants. The beauty of Paso Robles wine country is how diverse it is…in varieties, price range, style, etc. There’s something here for everyone. Let’s celebrate the diversity instead of concentrating on who thinks who is better…Cheers!