The largest winery in Paso Robles isn’t one of the massive wineries such as DAOU, Tooth & Nail, or even Villa San-Juliette. It’s not even a winery, at least not technically.
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.
A Rite of Paso reads like it was a collaboration between Dick Tracy, Walt Whitman, Humphrey Bogart, and Truman Capote. With Woody Allen overseeing the plot twists.
As an aside, the winemakers seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude since the ultimate proof of the harm – or not – of the ongoing drought will be in the quality of the wines.
For example, the Brochelle tasting room, although not on the Union Road Wine Trail, is located next door to Hug Cellars, which is.
The numbers of wineries in Paso Robles have exploded so much in the past few years that it would take a month or two – or six – to visit them all. My liver and I aren’t quite that brave yet.