WHERE TO DRINK
Paso Robles has long been a destination for some of the state’s best wines, boasting rich soil and ideal elevation changes that create near-perfect viticulture conditions. This winemaking heritage has grown significantly in recent years, with the city now home to more than 200 wineries, from decades-old family institutions to brand new wineries producing creative new varietals.
We recommend starting with a classic and heading to Eberle Winery. Founded by one of Paso Robles’ original winemakers, Gary Eberle, Eberle has been producing some of the region’s finest wines since 1979. Begin your journey with a guided tour of the vineyard’s labyrinthine underground wine cellar, home to a dizzying array of aging barrels. Afterwards, have a glass (or two) of their famous Cabernet Sauvignon and take a seat on the terrace of the cellar, which is lively and full of revelers on the weekends.
Around lunchtime, we recommend taking a trip to Robert Hall Winery. One of our favorite wineries on the Central Coast, this beautiful vineyard offers a wide range of varietals and an expansive brick palate with plenty of room to relax for hours.
Best of all, Robert Hall has a fantastic menu of seasonal bites available all day courtesy of their in-house chef, Michael Learned. But for an unforgettable lunch, indulge in their tasting menu, which requires a 24-hour reservation but is relatively affordable at $60 per person. The 5-course menu features inventive, seasonal gourmet dishes, each paired with a different Robert Hall wine.
For something a little more low-key, Glunz Family Winery & Cellars is a great bet. Located on 100 rolling acres in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, Glunz Family Winery is the culmination of 150 years of winemaking, with the Glunz family opening their very first wine shop in Chicago in 1872. 120 years later, the fourth generation of the family opened this beautiful vineyard, which today specializes in small-batch fortified wines. The winery offers over 10 different varietals to sample daily, along with friendly, personalized service.
WHERE TO EAT
Paso Robles’ cuisine may not be as well-known as its wine, but there are still plenty of gems to choose from.
For a light breakfast, one of our favorites is Spearhead Coffee, a local cafe with a creative menu of delicious, handcrafted coffee drinks made with local ingredients. The Solstice, a honey latte infused with almonds, cardamom and ginger, is our favorite and makes a perfect light breakfast when paired with one of their local pastries.
For something a little more hearty, Brunch on downtown 13th Street lives up to its namesake, with a lively crowd and a mouth-watering menu of well-executed weekend comfort food. If you’re nursing a post-tasting hangover, their breakfast pizza and a mimosa are the perfect remedy.
For lunch, do as the locals do and head to Red Scooter. This downtown sandwich shop may seem modest, but it’s a Paso Robles institution known for its masterful mastery of the classics. Grab a tuna on rye or turkey club and enjoy it at a vineyard for the perfect Paso Robles afternoon.