Wet Your Whistle
Libations figure prominently in the past, present and future of Paso Robles. Here’s the shortlist of all-stars making wine, beer, soda and distilled spirits, plus a location for new-breed “mixologists” putting passion and ingenuity back into making cocktails.
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The Hope family has been farming in Paso Robles for more than 30 years. When they arrived in this barely discovered region, they planted apples and grapes. Little did they know that the rolling, oak-studded terrain of Paso Robles would one day become viticultural terroir of significance and one of the top winegrowing regions for quality red wine. Hope Family Wines has produced two signature wine blends especially for the 125th Anniversary, a red and a white, showcasing the quality grapes and maverick blending ideals of this Paso Robles institution. www.hopefamilywines.
Firestone Brewery in Paso Robles introduces a brand new brewhouse, conveniently attached to the front of the existing brewery. Located across the street from the brewery’s restaurant, Taproom, the new 60-barrel brewhouse occupies a three-story tower that has been integrated into the front of the brewery building. This is the centerpiece of an expanded brewery tour available to the public, offering amazing insights into the brewing process. Whether on a tour or not, visitors to the new Firestone Walker Brewhouse will get a great look into the brewing process, thanks to the broad glass walls on two sides of the second story, offering a permanent window inside. www.FirestoneBeer.com
Located on the historic corner of 13th and Pine Street in Paso Robles, Pithy Little Wine Company makes Italian soda with real cane sugar and natural ingredients. They have created rich and flavorful sodas to entertain their non-wine tasting guests and today their sodas are just as popular as their wines. They produce classic old fashioned root beer and cream soda year round and orange cream, black cherry and cola seasonally. Lightly carbonated, rich flavors and smooth finishes make Pithy Little Soda Works old fashioned sodas an experience you won’t forget. www.pithywine.com
Re:Find Handcrafted Vodka and Re:Find Handcrafted Gin are spirits made with premium grapes from the celebrated Paso Robles wine region. This venture is distinct from other spirits currently on the market as they are the first to utilize premium Paso Robles-grown grapes as their base, a luxury too expensive for most distilleries producing spirits from potatoes or grains. This project is the result of Villicana Winery's founders Alex and Monica Villicana's desire to promote and encourage sustainability by utilizing existing, unused resources to create a high-end, local, artisan product. www.refinddistillery.com
It’s close to impossible to have a less-than-amazing meal in downtown Paso Robles. Our chefs are some of the mavericks in the farm to table movement, keeping our agricultural roots alive and relevant. Stnadouts include Artisan, Villa Creek, Thomas Hill Organics, La Cosecha and Il Cortile. In terms of cocktail mixology, Paso Robles keeps its farm to table ethos and infuses cocktails with locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, insists on high-end pours and artisan mixers and has made old-fashioned cocktails come alive with new life (try the Whiskey Sour at Artisan). There are over 15 tasting rooms within a 3 block radius of the city park, need we say more? www.travelpaso.com
Peachy Canyon Winery is a sustainable, family-owned winery located on the westside of Paso Robles' popular Highway 46. The winery is named after a horse thief who took refuge in a cave near the vineyard; Jesse James made use of the same hideout. Peachy--the oddly named horse thief--was eventually caught and hung in town. Jesse James' uncle, Drury James, co-founded the town of El Paso de Robles and was part owner of the famous La Panza Ranch where James and his brother, Frank, took shelter after holding up a bank in Russellville, Kentucky, on March 20, 1868. Jesse was ailing from a gunshot wound from the robbery and according to local legend stayed about 6 months in Paso Robles before his uncle sent him and his brother packing. www.peachycanyon.com
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