Food and Wine Weekend Getaway in Paso Robles
1Jump right into your wine weekend with a downtown Paso Robles tasting-room crawl. Start just north of City Park (the town square) and pop in to any of several storefronts that headline standout local producers. We recommend Bodegas Paso Robles, Pianetta Winery, and Clayhouse.
2Wander over to Berry Hill Bistro on City Park, for a round of cocktails (fans rave about the fresh watermelon margaritas) or a glass or wine on the outdoor patio.
3For dinner, head to Villa Creek down the street. The eclectic restaurant showcases local ingredients in international dishes like rabbit cassoulet and butternut squash enchiladas in the dining room, and features a lively bar scene that hops with local winemakers and artists sipping wine and sharing small plates like guacamole and ceviche.
1Giving a nod to the region's pioneer heritage, go for a cattlemen's breakfast at Paso Robles Inn's diner, Coffee Shop, with dishes like the mountainous Jesse James sandwich, featuring thick sourdough toast stuffed with eggs, bacon, and cheddar.
2It may seem a little early to start provisioning your lunch, but before heading out for an afternoon in the vineyards, stop at Di Raimondo's Italian Market to stock up on charcuterie and cheese platters with sea salt-topped baguettes. Trust us: you'll need sustenance for your vinous adventures.
3Just minutes outside of downtown Paso Robles, one of the area's most picturesque drives also happens to feature some of its best wineries. Adelaida Road (click for wine road map) is where you'll spend the afternoon, sampling at tasting rooms along a winding, oak-shaded road. Among the first wineries you'll pass are small, award-winning producers like Alta Colina Vineyard and Carina Cellars.
4Your next stops on the road will be visits to hilltop wineries of DAOU Vineyards or Adelaida Cellars, both premium producers, where fantastic views and top-rated wines accompany your lunch (both wineries welcome picnickers). Spend extra time at Adelaida, which features an open tasting room so you can watch the day's winemaking activities taking place.
5Further down Adelaida road, don't miss the 1,000-acre Halter Ranch Vineyard property, with its organically farmed vineyards (try the Bordeaux-style Ancestor Estate Reserve, and the charming new rosé that comes from the vines you're walking past) and stunning new gravity-flow winery on the hill above the tasting room.
6Arguably the most visible winery in Paso Robles, Tablas Creek Vineyard, will be your last stop on the wine road, and it's a can't-miss tasting. The venture is a partnership between the renowned Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel in France's Rhone Valley, and an American wine importer, and the wines are top notch. The winery's tasting room was just expanded and remodeled; spend the tail end of your day sipping the acclaimed Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc on the winery's outdoor patio.
7Back in town, pair a chic scene with your meal at Il Cortile, a buzzy, upscale restaurant renowned for its seasonal modern Italian menu, including specialties like prosciutto-wrapped asparagus with burratta, and homemade pappardelle with braised boar. Select from the well-edited wine list that focuses on California's Central Coast and Italy, or, bring one of the newly acquired bottles from your day's adventure for a reasonable $20 corkage fee.
1A few blocks from City Park, the buzzy American bistro Artisan — run by the talented and charming Kobayashi brothers — is a sure bet for a leisurely brunch, with dishes like Dungeness crab cake Benedict, chanterelle toast and eggs, and French toast with bourbon-soaked dates.
2After brunch, spend some time exploring Paso Robles' other great passion: art. The town's vibrant artistic community buzzes around the hive-like Studios on the Park, an open studio and gallery that opens at noon on Sunday, and features the work of more than 40 local artists.
3For one last taste of Paso Robles, stop in for the famous al pastor (grilled pork and pineapple) tacos at Los Robles Café. Locals like to argue about which tacos in town are the best, but this old-school, Formica-tabled spot always gets our vote.