OK, next time I get an email forwarded from a friend of a friend saying they’re headed up to Paso Robles the next day and want to know where to taste and to eat, I’m going to save myself some trouble and refer them to pasowine.com. That’s a new trip planner with all the information anybody could possibly need all in one place -- maps, tasting rooms, wineries, places to stay and to eat, directions. You can print out a map with local wineries (or order a printed one free by submitting your details).
Check the calendar for any events that might be happening while you plan to be there. You can even add olive oil producers to your itinerary.
The guide is put together by the nonprofit Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance made up of wineries and wine-related businesses.
Looking for a place to stay or somewhere to eat? Check the hospitality map which shows you where all the various hotels, inns and bed and breakfast establishments are located. Information on these, though, is pretty much address, phone and website.
I’m happy to see my favorite wine shop up there, 15 Degrees C in Templeton, as the first listing under specialty shops. But you’ll also find a beef jerky producer, Firestone Walker Brewing company, a source for dry-farmed walnuts and walnut oil, and a downtown Paso Robles cheese shop as well.
You can’t beat the price: free.
Paso Robles Wine Country. And don’t forget to check the weather report at the top of the home page before you set off.
-- S. Irene Virbila
Photo credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times