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Paso in February!

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Paso in February!

We will be visiting Paso area in February, need a short list of great wineries to visit as well as must try restaurants. I would love some advise from locals if possible, but all it welcomed.

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Hi there!

We have a ranch in Paso with a small vineyard and grow olives, etc. and also live in L.A. Our recommendations to our friends coming up to tour is to break the area into two parts and tour the east side wineries one day and the west the next. There is a map of the wineries at pasowine.com. Check the wine brochure online to see who is open when, because some are open by appointment, but worth the call to set it up.

If you need a picnic, the place to go is Vivant Fine Cheese, right on the square (http://www.vivantfinecheese.com/). The Pony Club next door is a great place to have a glass of wine, enjoy a wonderful appetizer, and sit by a fireplace.

Almost everything in Paso is casual, but you can experience fine dining to rival top NYC, LA, SF, or Napa cuisine. If I had to pick four top, gourmet restaurants in town (you could even do one for lunch if you won't be there that many days), I'd recommend (in alphabetical order): Artisan (artisanpasorobles.com/http:/…);

Il Cortile (most incredible homemade pasta) http://www.ilcortileristorante.com/ICR/Home.html;

Robert's Restaurant (Elegant, wonderful, our choice for New Year's Eve) (http://www.robertsrestaurantpaso.com/)

Thomas Hill Organics (http://thomashillorganics.com/home.html) (charming patio dining -- ask for a table near the fireplace)

There are many other very good restaurants and cafes for breakfast, lunch, etc., so if you need additional recommendations, just let me know.

Also, if there is a golfer in the group, Hunter Ranch Golf Course is beautiful. My husband regularly golfs there. The food in their cafe is outstanding and we go with the family to their Sunday brunch from time to time.

If anyone is looking for a spa treatment or a soak in the natural mineral hot springs water from the area, River Oaks is a really nice place to go, and usually open until 9:00. Many of the wineries close around 5:00, so we usually have dinner around 5:30-ish and still have time for a spa treatment or hot tub after dinner. If it's not too cold, request one of their hot tubs outside, facing the vineyard.

One store out of many worth visiting right in town is We Olive, which is an olive oil, vinegar, mustard tasting store of one's dreams. They sell and offer tastings of about 100 different local oils, they explain the differences in the oils, and have great suggestions as to food pairing. They sell an incredible fig balsamic vinegar there that we use as one of the ingredients to marinate pork tenderloin, and it is to die for. It is a must see, if you're visiting the area (http://www.weolive.com/).

I've listed some of our favorite wineries in the list below. They all offer something different, and there are hundreds of others that you may happen upon as you travel along, but we've had outstanding experiences at the ones we've listed and enjoy their wines frequently.

Enjoy your visit to Paso and don't hesitate to let me know if you have any other questions.

Wineries (east of 101) worth a visit:

B & E Vineyard

Gelfand Vineyards

Graveyard Vineyards

Hansen Vineyards

J. Lohr Winery

Ranchita Canyon Vineyard

Rio Seco Winery

Riverstar Vineyards

Robert Hall Winery

Sculpterra Winery

Wineries (west of 101) worth a visit

Calcareous Vineyards (Best place for a picnic -- incredible view)

Denner Vineyards

Halter Ranch Vineyard

Linne Calodo Vineyard

Minassian-Young Vineyard

Opolo Vineyards

Rotta Winery

Turley Wine Cellars

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Thank you so much for taking your time and writing such an excellent informational piece, we'll put some on our list of must try. We have heard great reviews from Artisan, we will do our 35th WA dinner there, maybe try the others for lunch or our other night. Thanks again.

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My personal opinion is that the best wineries are west of the 101. My favorites include Jada & Opolo. Have also had some good wine experiences with Proulx, Epoch, Caliza, Red Soles, Zenaida, Summerwood, Lone Madrone, & Wild Coyote. Many of these places are in the $25-$50 range though Dover Canyon has a good zin for around $19. There are many other good place to go as well.

As mentioned Calcareous has picnic tables & a great view. Pick up a sandwich at Farmstand 46 ( the pork sandwich is outstanding) to eat while looking out on PR. Have fun wherever you go & write a report to let us know how it went.

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