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The Anomaly of Donati Family Vineyard

Donati Family Vineyard is an anomaly in Paso Robles. “Why is it,” I wondered, “that the Donati Winery isn’t on the Paso Wine page?” The answer, as it turns out, was a little more complicated than what I’d originally thought. I figured that they hadn’t paid some fee or that they’d insulted some mucky-muck somewhere and were banned from the site. Maybe Paso Wines confused them with Donatoni Winery and never fixed it. As it turns out, none of those products of my rather overzealous imagination is true. The Donati winery is located on Oak View Road, just down a …

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Paso Robles Wine Festival – Winemakers Seminar

Yes, growing grapes is similar to actual farming, but he noted that while regular crops required water in order to live and thrive, grapevines only required water to not die.

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Vintage Paso – the New Zin Fest Weekend

However, they finally relented and sold me a bottle of their library Syrah because apparently my crying, wailing, and gnashing of teeth was disturbing the other guests.

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Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend Zinposium!

While once the wines were big, jammy, fruit-forward, and alcoholic, they now have added layers of complexity and maturity which was almost unheard of a decade ago.

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Paso Robles CAB Collective (PRCC) Wine Trail

They have come together to show that Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is now a force in the wine world, and they are going to be its evangelists.

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Hidden Wineries of Paso Robles – East and West

I don’t know if this is a “trail,” per se, but I found it on Wine Country Getaways. The site is, as expected, primarily focused on Sonoma and Napa, as well as other Wine Countries throughout the U.S.

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Highway 46 West

This is one of the most expansive wine trails, but once you’re in “the neighborhood,” you don’t have to go far to get to the next one. In a word, Explore!

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Pacific Coast Wine Trail

The drive from Paso Robles on Hwy 46 West to Hwy 1 is a beautiful one in the Spring, and you just have to visit them. The trip is more than worth it, and depending upon your dedication to speed limits, may only take about 20 minutes.

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Downtown Paso Robles Tasting Rooms

The difference is whether or not you use the spit bucket. If you’re tasting, you use the spit bucket. If you’re drinking, you don’t.

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Wineries of Highway 46 East

For example, the Brochelle tasting room, although not on the Union Road Wine Trail, is located next door to Hug Cellars, which is.

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The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail

Loosely meandering in the San Miguel area northeast of the intersection of Hwy 46 and Hwy 101, they represent some of the most incredibly scenic locations in the area.

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Creston Wine Trail

But that’s okay …they’re also on TripAdvisor and Yelp – among others – and are very highly rated! Can’t wait to try it!

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