Okay. So this isn’t really a “wine trail” per se, but hey! I found a map!

The Paso Robles CAB (Cabernet and Bordeaux) Collective (PRCC), or CAB Collective, is a new association that was formed by Paso Robles winemakers in 2012.  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.

“Everybody” knows that the only place in the United States to buy great Cabernet Sauvignon is Napa. Just ask any Napa winemaker.  After all, paying one, two, three, or more hundred dollars per bottle of Napa Cab is a privilege that anyone is more than happy to do.  It’s worth it.

Ah … Maybe.

While I’ve enjoyed the likes of Silver Oak, Opus One, and Joseph Phelps before, I haven’t enjoyed them to the degree where I’d easily plunk down $100-plus for the privilege.  On the other hand, my favorite Bordeaux blend, the only wine to which I’ve given an Eddie, is the Scion Cab blend by Robert Young Estate Winery from {{insert drum roll}} Alexander Valley, which is Sonoma. And at a little more than $50.00 a bottle for club members, it’s a deal and a half. Don’t get me wrong, I know that even $50 a bottle is far from cheap, but I’d put it up against any Napa Cab that sells at thrice the price.

And now the Cabernet producers in Paso Robles have decided to get together to educate people about the quality of the Cabs and Bordeaux blends grown and made in the region. Interestingly enough, there are more of these types of grapes grown than Zinfandel, which is Paso Robles signature grape. Who knew.

Of course you know that means that my focus during my vacation in Paso is going to change a bit.  Of course I’m planning on tasting everything, but other than the Pinots and Chards of the South Central Coast (Santa Barbara and environs) and the North Central Coast (Monterey), I had planned to focus on Zins and Rhone blends.  And now, I will be certain to take a closer look at the Cabs – can’t wait!

Those of you who are old experienced Cab people will say, “but everybody knows that Paso Cabs suck. If they didn’t they’d be as popular as Napa’s!”  Admittedly, the Paso Cabs got off to a shaky start as growers experimented with vineyards, locations, clones, and winemaking styles, but they seem to have hit their stride.  With Justin Vineyards Isoceles and Robert Hall Cabernet Sauvignon, for example, winning awards, points, and accolades, it looks like this has only just begun. I’m sure that eventually the Cabs in Paso Robles – if they do prove themselves to be the equal of those in Napa – will probably become the high-priced spread. However, they still have to earn their stripes, so the values are everywhere. Is the quality? I’ll let y’all know when I begin my Cab adventures.

Because I like a powerful, rustic, and flavorful Cabernet with my occasional steak dinner, I’m very excited about the prospect!

The CAB Collective is having a Cabs of Distinction event in Paso Robles on April 27, and I sooo wish I could be there!  If you have plans to be in the area during that weekend, be sure to check it out. And, {{hint hint}} if you want to be a guest author and write about it for publication here, that would be fabulous!

I have several bottles of recent vintage Paso Robles Cabs, and now I’m licking my chops although I had planned to let them rest for another year or two.  My Hug Cellars Booker Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is in trouble and will probably be my first victim.  Heck.  I’ll just get another bottle – or so – next month.

It will be interesting to see if there will be a Napa/Paso Robles Cabernet showdown a la Bottle Shock.  Now that will be something to write about!


CAB Collective

Adelaida Cellars

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

Ancient Peaks

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

B & E Vineyards


Calcareous Vineyard

Le Vigne Winery

Chateau Margene

Parrish Family Vineyard

DAOU Vineyards & Winery

Record Family Wines

Eberle Winery

Robert Hall Winery

Hammersky Vineyards & Inn

Sextant Wines

Hunt Cellars

Vina Robles

Jada Vineyard & Winery


Cab Collective Map

Paso Robles CAB Collective from Cinema e Vino Productions on Vimeo.

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