Life­style mag­a­zine dis­cov­ers that Paso Robles reds rock

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY SARAH LINN

Another pres­ti­gious pub­li­ca­tion has dis­cov­ered what most of us al­ready knew: Paso Robles reds rock.

A re­cent story in Robb Re­port hails Paso Robles as “one of the state’s best sources for Bordeaux-style wine,” ri­val­ing those pro­duced by the re­gion’s north­ern neigh­bor, Napa.

That doesn’t stop the lux­ury life­style mag­a­zine from throw­ing some notso-sub­tle shade at the North County.

“Modern wine­mak­ers have been lay­ing down roots in this old ranch­ing coun­try­side for more than 50 years, pro­duc­ing pass­able, if not quite im­pres­sive, cabs and Rhone va­ri­eties,” Sara L. Sch­nei­der writes in the May 1 story, not­ing that the “nascent wine coun­try is larger than Napa and Sonoma com­bined.” “Such vol­ume comes with a wel­come wealth of di­ver­sity.”

“With each vin­tage, Paso Robles ... be­comes a lit­tle less ob­scure,” she writes.

The Robb Re­port story sin­gles out two Paso Robles winer­ies for praise: Daou Vine­yards and Win­ery, a fa­vorite with caber­net sauvi­gnon fans, and Tablas Creek Vine­yard, known for its Rhon­estyle blends.

Daou founders Ge­orges and Daniel Daou re­cently paid $4.3 mil­lion for the former Cen­trally Grown prop­erty in Cam­bria, and are in the process of trans­form­ing it into Daou Ocean. In 2018, their award-win­ning win­ery named Mas­ter Som­me­lier Fred Dame as its global

wine am­bas­sador.

Robb Re­port is just the lat­est pub­li­ca­tion in re­cent months to take no­tice of Paso Robles wine coun­try.

Vin­tages from two Paso Robles winer­ies — Villa Creek Cel­lars and Paix Sur Terre — landed on Wine En­thu­si­ast mag­a­zine’s Top 100 Wines of 2018 list. Another mag­a­zine, Wine & Spir­its, in­cluded wines from Kukkula and Tablas Creek Vine­yard in Paso Robles on its list of 2018’s best bot­tles.

Also in 2018, USA To­day named Paso Robles’ Garag­iste Festival the best wine festival in the coun­try. The festival show­cases small-lot wine­mak­ers.

“Bet­ter stock up now,” Sch­nei­der writes in the Robb Re­port story, “be­fore Paso be­comes the next block­buster hit.”

COUR­TESY OF TABLAS CREEK VINE­YARD

Tablas Creek Vine­yard is lo­cated on Ade­laida Road in Paso Robles. A Robb Re­port story pub­lished May 1 show­cases the win­ery and its Rhone-style blends.

DAOU VINE­YARDS AND WIN­ERY

Daoux Vine­yards & Win­ery in Paso Robles is known for its top-rated caber­net sauvi­gnon. A Robb Re­port story pub­lished May 1 show­cases the win­ery and its Bordeaux-style wines.

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