Category Archives: San Luis Obispo County

Vina Robles ~ Two New Releases from Paso Robles, California

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Vina Robles founder/proprietor Hans Nef and Managing Partner Hans — R. Michel, both natives of Switzerland, operate their Paso Robles winery according to one essential maxim:  “European Inspiration — California Character.”  Two of their recent release wines — estate Cabernet Sauvignon and … Continue reading

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SUMMER WINE PICK: Cass Winery | Viognier | Paso Robles | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2013 | $24 | 88 pts

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Cass Winery, located just east of the town of Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, specializes in 100% estate grown Rhone varieties.  Winemaker  Lood Kotze, who grew up near Cape Town, South Africa, and studied at the University of Stellenbosch, is an advocate … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Vina Robles | Petite Sirah | Paso Robles | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2010 | $26 | 90 pts

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Vina Robles founder/proprietor Hans Nef and Managing Partner Hans — R. Michel, both natives of Switzerland, operate their Paso Robles winery according to one essential maxim:  “European Inspiration — California Character.”  The winery’s 2010 Petite Sirah gave us a little taste of how … Continue reading

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EVERYDAY WINE PICKS: J. Lohr and Estancia | Cabernet Sauvignon | Paso Robles AVA | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2011 | $12

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Our latest everyday wine picks hail from California’s rugged Central Coast — namely, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) in San Luis Obispo County.  Wedged roughly halfway between Monterey (to the north) and Santa Barbara (to the south), this appellation is distinguished by rugged … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Eberle Winery | Syrah | Steinbeck Vineyard | Paso Robles | San Luis Obispo County | California | 2009 | $24 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  ripe blackberries; woodsmoke; cured tobacco; spice Character:  dry; rich & full-bodied; fruit-earth balance; leathery tannins; medium acidity; subtle oak Flavors:  dark fruits; cocoa; coffee; kalamata olive; mineral Food Pairing:  char-grilled steaks & other meats; tomato & meat pasta dishes   A … Continue reading

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