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Real People of Paso - The "Visiting Paso Robles" Wrap-Up

During my fast and furious introduction to Paso Robles and their new sub AVAs, I became acquainted with many great producers in the area while tasting my way through many fantastic wines. At several of our stops, we were joined by some of the neighbors who brought some of their wares and contributed an even broader taste of the area.

During these events, it was fun to sit back and listen to the locals talk amongst themselves a bit. In addition to discussing how things are currently going out in their vineyards, they asked about each other's spouses and children who they mostly knew by name, they talked about various upcoming and past community events, they offered to help each other with specific projects and a few even organized a fishing trip for their soon to be day off.

It was an endearing peak at life in Paso Robles, a tight knit community of neighbors seeking not only to put their best in every bottle but in their everyday existence as well.

Here are just a few of the many friendly people I met during my time on the Paso Robles wine trail. All of the wineries mentioned below have recommended wines that are worth seeking. I plan on visiting the ones that I missed on my next trip. Chef Jeffry, pictured below, is a winemaker favorite and can be hired for any of your private catering needs when in the area, too.

Thank you all for your hospitality and for sharing all that is good in Paso,
Cheers!

From left to right, top to botom-
Don Brady, winemaker at Robert Hall, Mike Sinor, winemaker at Ancient Peaks Winery, Karl Wittstrom, owner at Santa Margarita Ranch, Daniel Daou of Daou Vineyards, Vic Roberts of Victor Hugo & Gary Eberle of Eberle Winery, Brendon Wood, asst. winemaker at J. Lohr,
Kevin Willenborg, winemaker at Vina Robles, Matt Merrill of Pomar Junction and Geoff Barr of Barr Estate Winery.

Jason Joyce, winemaker at Calcareous Vineyard, Justin Lonbord, Viticulturlist at Tablas Creek, Lucas Pope, Vineyard Mgr at Halter Ranch, Justin winemaker, Scott Shirley, Austin Hope of Hope Family Wines, Chef Jeffry Wiesinger of Jeffry's Catering,
National Sales Director for Opolo Vineyards, Cary Thrasher, Jeff Strekas, Assoc. Winemaker at ONX Wines and Soren Christensen, winemaker at Hearst Ranch winery

For more information on planning your visit to Paso Robles wine country, check out the official website at
https://pasowine.com/.

Other things to do in Paso:
Eat at Thomas Hill Organics
Taste and tour at Pasolivo Olive Ranch

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