Paso Robles Wine California Wine Pioneers

After traveling to Paso Robles in October 2013, I wasn’t the least bit surprised when I heard the news that Wine Enthusiast named Paso Robles the 2013 Wine Region of the Year. Paso Robles Wine Country is exactly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast of California. The wine region was established in 1983 and expanded twice since then. Paso Robles produces more than 40 winegrape varieties – from Spanish to Italian, Bordeaux to Rhône, including the area’s heritage variety Zinfandel. The styles of wine they make are as diverse as the people and winemakers behind the bottle.

Monique Soltani Paso RoblesI’m a California girl to the core: I grew up in Los Angeles, went to college in Orange County, lived in Fresno and moved to San Francisco four years ago. So I must admit I’m embarrassed that I only recently visited this wine country gas tank getaway for the first time in October. Paso’s first impression, left me impressed with its incredible eats, exciting wines and personalities a plenty.  I invite you to watch this video and take a walk on the wild side with me to meet the trailblazers and pack leaders a head of the herd. Tune in as we travel home on the range where the bold and the brave come to play. Find out what makes these Rhone Rangers so fierce and see why in Paso Robles Wine Country anything goes and I mean ANYTHING!

For more pictures from my trip to Paso Robles CLICK HERE!

Looking to make a grape escape to Paso Robles Wine Country? Here are links to all the places and people who helped me make the most of my visit!


The Wine Wrangler


SummerWood Winery & Inn

2175 Arbor Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446


Bistro Laurent

1202 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446

La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant

835 12th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Villa Creek Restaurant

1144 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446


Lone Madrone

5800 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Adelaida Cellars

5805 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446

JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery

11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 9346

Pasolivo Olive Oil

8530 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446

PasoPort Wine Company

95 Booker Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446

AmByth Estate

510 Sequoia Lane, Templeton, CA 93465

Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards

1437 Wild Horse Winery Court, Templeton, CA 93465

Thank you to Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance and Kristen Green Public Relations for sponsoring and organizing this trip and making it possible for me to share what I learned with all of you!.

**Extra special thank you to winemaker and musician Denis Degher of Mojo Cellars for allowing me to use his music in part of this video.

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