Located in a small industrial warehouse district, 3 miles south of downtown Paso Robles, is an easily walkable zone of contemporary industrial-style tin buildings called Tin City which is home to an innovative beverage scene.
Tin City has several small-production wineries such as Anarchy Wine Co., Benom, Cordant Winery, and Giornata along with somewhat larger producers like Field Recordings. It is not unusual to be greeted by the winemakers in these modern tasting rooms and find them ready to share both their wines and their stories with their guests.
At Anarchy Wine Co, expect to find a wide range of wines which includes a Bordeaux-Style Blend, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, a Red Rhône-Style Blend, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel all deliciously served with a rebel yell in a rock and roll environment.
|Les Deux Freres means The Two Brothers and is unique blend of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tempranillo.|
Benom Winery pays homage to the Fabre family’s legacy in both the Languedoc-Roussillon and Bordeaux regions. Benom, which is the phonetic translation of the French word binôme means “a project together." This concept comes from two French brothers from a multi-generational farming and winemaking family who are set on showcasing the quality of what their new home in the central coast of California has to offer with some added French flair.
Cordant Winery focuses on vineyard-designated wine and wines that are a blend of multiple sustainably-farmed premium vineyard sites throughout California’s central coast. Grapes are sourced from multiple AVAs including Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. Cordant specializes in wines made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Rhone varieties, of particular note is their highly rated ENZ Old Vine Mourvèdre.
Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi are the proprietors of Giornata, he’s the winemaker and she is a vineyard manager and, also, a consultant. Their passion is all things Italian, particularly wine made from California grown Italian grapes like Aglianico, Barbera, and Sangiovese made in an old world style. They regularly travel to Italy to study Italian winemaking and viticultural practices, their knowledge and experience can be tasted in each glass.
|The Chef at ETTO Pasta Bar checking on the table.|
This unique area not only attracts avant-garde winemakers but also breweries, distilleries, shops, and eateries like ETTO Pasta Bar and ETTO Pastificio, a small pasta factory and store, the brainchild of the aforementioned Terrizzi family and Negranti Dairy & Creamery which serves up rich and creamy sheep milk ice cream.
|Find both wine and beer at Field Recordings to enjoy inside their tasting room or outside on the patio.|
Parking is available for those who taste responsibly. Another option is to Uber to Tin City and more fully indulge in all the tasting options the area has to offer, it is an easy place to wile away time. If you want an upgraded experience in both Tin City and Paso Robles wine country, consider hiring a tour company, like Toast Tours, who provide safe transportation and lead groups on tastings both through Tin City and to more traditional estate wineries for the full Paso Robles immersion.
On your next visit to Paso Robles, plan to sip and stroll through laid back Tin City and enjoy a relaxed afternoon in this casual but hip tasting environment where you should expect to find unique and delicious gems just waiting to be discovered.
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