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One Day in Paso Robles
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Only one day to hit up Paso Robles? That’s too bad. But if you insist on a fly by trip, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Start the day early, because we’ve got a lot to see!
9AM | BREAKFAST: Kitchenette
This restaurant is the breakfast/lunch brainchild from the two guys who opened Artisan (more on that later). Farm to table, homemade, and local ingredients pepper the menu; “dragon spring farm blueberries”, “house made English muffin” and “local honey”. If you’re in the mood for something with some kick, look no further than the Pork Pasole Verde: a traditional Mexican stew with sausage, jalapeño, hominy, avocado, cabbage, and a soft boiled egg.
Photo Credit: Kitchenette
10:30AM | Firestone Walker Brewing Company Tour
Arrive at Firestone Walker with enough time to check out the tasting room before hitting the 11AM brewery tour. Paso may be known for its wine, but beer scene in Paso was started by this iconic brewery that specializes in hoppy ales, both new world and English style.
Photo Credit: Firestone Walker Brewing Company
12:00PM | Downtown Paso Robles
Take an hour to explore downtown Paso. The cute town square is chock full of boutiques, gift shops, tasting rooms, antique stores, cafes, and restaurants. Paso Robles is still a local farm community at heart, and the downtown definitely reminds you of that rustic charm. For more, watch this episode of V is for Vino.
1:00PM | LUNCH: Red Scooter Deli
Stop by the Red Scooter Deli to pick up a sandwich to-go for your picture-esq picnic lunch at our next stop…
2:00PM | Calcareous Vineyard
Take the 30-minute drive into wine country to the stunning Calcareous Vineyards. Grab a glass of wine, a picnic table, and enjoy the views.
Photo Credit: Calcareous Vineyards
3:30PM | Tablas Creek Vineyards
Now the real fun begins. Tablas Creek was one of the pioneers of Rhône style wines here in the US, and they never disappoint. Founded by a partnership between the Haas family and Perrin family (the juggernauts behind the world-famous Château de Beaucastel), this winery has a gorgeous tasting room, helpful staff, and some killer grape juice. They are certified biodynamic, and even have their own herd of sheep and bees! Learn more about this great winery in an episode of V is for Vino.
Here’s where you have to make a difficult choice for your last tasting of the day. Justin or Thacher. Justin is a truly iconic winery to the Paso region. It’s a busy tasting room, and you’ll probably even know some of the wines they’re pouring: big, iconic red blends like “Isosceles” and “Justification”. Or, you can do a 180 and head to Thacher Winery, which is a quaint, serene, family run winery with a micro tasting room. Pick the one that suits your mood!
Photo Credit: Justin Winery
6:30PM | DINNER: Artisan
Remember those guys from breakfast? Well this was their first project: Artisan. Artisan was one of the first restaurants to elevate the food scene in Paso, and has now become an institution. You won’t go wrong with anything here, but the octopus salad and pizzas are incredible. Plus, they have an all local wine list and well crafted cocktails (in case you are all wined-out). For more on this delicious octopus salad, watch this episode of V is for Vino.
8:30PM | DRINKS: Pine Street Saloon
After all that fancy wine tasting and eating, top off the day with a night cap at the dive bar that quenches the locals: Pine Street Saloon. This rough-and-tumble bar will remind you that all these pristine winery tasting rooms and restaurants are run by honest, hard-working, fun-loving people.
Photo Credit: Pine Street Saloon
If you want a sneak peak of Paso Robles before you go, make sure to check out V is for Vino’s PASO ROBLES EPISODE to see downtown, Tablas Creek, Artisan, and learn more about the grapes that do so well in Paso!