Trip to Paso Robles – Day 4

Refortified after a relaxing late night around the fire pit we set off for Epoch Estate Wines. Epoch’s wines are from a combination of Paderewski Vineyard, Catapult Vineyard and York Mountain. The tasting room is on the historic York Mountain Winery property.

It’s the love of two geologists – Liz and Bill Armstrong who assembled these vineyards and renovated the York Mountain structures to create Epoch.

We tasted everything on the menu as well as a 2012 Veracity, a 2017 Creativity, which is 100% Syrah, and also a very unique offering – their 2019 Zinfandel which they sell in a 64oz stainless steel growler. We enjoyed them all. The 2020 York Mountain Viognier, 2018 Veracity, 2018 Estate Blend and a bottle of the 2017 Creativity went home with us.

Lacey Smith was our host making us feel quite at home and informed.

The tasting room is nothing short of cool!! Inside and out it’s spectacular! It’s no wonder it was chosen by Architectural Digest as one of the 19 best vineyard designs around the world.

Lacey, Thank you for a great visit!

Closer in to Paso Robles on Green Valley Road (Rt 46) is JDusi Winery.

Cara was our host and started us off with a 2022 Pinot Grigio. We tasted down the menu and enjoyed them all. Our favorite though was the 100% Zinfandel from Paper Street Vineyard.

JDusi has a lovely picnic area off their patio with a terrific vineyard view. We took advantage of this and with a bottle of their Zinfandel we shared a charcuterie lunch.

Thank you so much Cara for your warm hospitality.

For our final tasting of the day we headed back into the hills to visit Clos Solène.

Guillaume Fabre is the owner and winemaker at this small boutique winery located in the Willow Creek AVA. It’s a picturesque place with such a peaceful feel and the wines, well they have some magic!

We were hosted by John Manning who took us through the tasting. Each wine was exceptional. They were so reminiscent of the Rhone wines we drank in Provence.

The 2022 La Rose was beautiful. It surprises you having barely a hint of color.

Clos Solene’s production is very small, maybe 1,700 cases. To try them you must visit or purchase from their website.

Thank you John for our tasting and Guillaume and Solène Fabre for creating such fabulous wine!

Back to town to refresh and take in dinner.

Dinner was at Il Cortile. It was the best meal we had in Paso Robles!

And with our dinner we enjoyed a bottle of Fulldraw’ ‘s 2017 Honey Bunny. A great match with our entrees.

So ends our 4 days in Paso Robles. Until next time! Salud!

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