Wine & Beer

A taster’s guide to Paso Robles’ Tin City

The Tin City sign in Paso Robles.
The Tin City sign in Paso Robles. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Most tasting rooms are open by appointment or chance; regular hours are listed if available.

Aaron/Aequorea

Bold petite sirah from winemaker Aaron Jackson under the Aaron label, and single-vineyard pinot noirs and aromatic whites from coastal vineyards under the Aequorea label.

aaronwines.com

3050 Limestone Way

805-369-2037

Fri-Sun 11-5:30

BarrelHouse Brewing Co.

Handcrafted brews in a variety of styles including sour and wild ales. Don’t miss the scenic beer garden, live music and weekend food trucks.

barrelhousebrewing.com

3055 Limestone Way

805-296-1128

Mon-Thurs 2-8, Fri-Sat 11-9, Sun 11-8

Sour beer facility under construction next door.

Brian Benson Cellars

Intense reds from a second-generation winemaker who made his first wine at 13 years old at his parents’ winery, Dark Star Cellars. Look for Benson’s artwork on the walls and labels, and the killer view out back.

brianbensoncellars.com

2915 Limestone Way

805-296-9463

Fri-Sun 11-5

Clos Solène

Elegant high-end blends made from premium grapes meticulously farmed by Guillaume Fabre, who comes from a winemaking family in France.

clossolene.com

3050 Limestone Way

805-369-2036

Desperada

A range of wines showing artful detail inside the bottle and out. Winemaker Vailia Esh is a consummate explorer, continually experimenting with new vineyards, grapes and methods.

desparada.com

3060 Limestone Way

805-715-3910

Thurs-Sun 11-4

Field Recordings

A range of crowd-pleasers from Andrew Jones, named one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40. Check out the popcorn machine and pingpong table, as well as his popular line of canned wine, Alloy Wine Works.

fieldrecordingswine.com

460 Marquita Ave.

805-503-9660

Daily 11-5

Giornata/Broadside

Italy meets California at Giornata, where Brian and Stephy Terrizzi grow and source premium Italian varietals. Broadside features value-priced cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay and a red blend.

giornatawines.com

broadsidewine.com

470 Marquita Ave.

805-434-3075

Jacob Toft

Premium Rhone blends named for and made with help from Toft’s family members. That’s his grandmother’s 110-year-old Victorian house on the label and family treasures decorating the tasting lounge.

jacobtoft.com

2929 Limestone Way

805-550-8007

Levo

Rhone-heavy blends made with fruit from Ballard Canyon and other Santa Ynez spots, Los Alamos and Santa Maria by Brett Urness, who first made wine in his native state of Idaho.

levowine.com

2975 Limestone Way

208-631-1612

Fri-Sun 11-5 and by appt.

Nelle Winery

Rhone-inspired, New World blends and single varietals from vineyards across the Central Coast. Find winemaker Tyler Russell in the back of Brian Benson Cellars, where he’ll throw a plank over a couple barrels and pour you a taste.

nellewinery.com

2915 Limestone Way

805-704-9859

Nicora

Rhone-style wines from some of the most renowned vineyards in Paso Robles, which you can see in beautiful photos adorning the walls.

nicorawine.com

2945 Limestone Way

805-400-0039

ONX

Unconventional blends from a still-expanding estate vineyard on the west edge of the Templeton Gap. Visit the spacious, modern tasting room or arrange to visit the vines on a tour of the scenic estate.

onxwines.com

2910 Limestone Way

805-434-5607

Powell Mountain Cellars

Rhone and Bordeaux blends barrel aged for up to three years, some of the grapes for which comes from Bill and Kim’s 10-acre vineyard in San Miguel. Bring Fido — the outdoor picnic area is dog- and kid-friendly.

powellmountaincellars.com

3050 Blue Rock Road

805-434-8097

Fri 12-5, Sat 11-5, Sun 11-4 or appt.

Torrin

High-end, mostly Rhone, wines from the Templeton Gap vineyard owned by winemaker Scott Hawley, who also makes wine for the luxury label Law Estate Wines.

torrinwine.com

2945 Limestone Way

805-550-2058

Wine Shine

Flavored brandies made with juice from local wineries plus whiskey, vermouth, bitters and anything else this upstart distillery can concoct. Try the addictive hook and ring game in addition to the spirits.

wineshineinc.com

3064 Limestone Way

805-286-4453

Fri-Sun 12-4 or appt.

Coming soon

These four locations are under construction with openings planned for spring or summer.

Fableist

Value-priced cabernet sauvignon, merlot and sauvignon blanc from the winemakers behind Sans Liege and Field Recordings. Previously called Cane & Fable.

fableistwine.com

460 Marquita Ave.

805-503-9660

Lefondusac

Affordable vineyard-designate wines on tap with plans for music and food trucks in the outdoor area out back. A collaboration of Garagiste Festival co-founder Stewart McLennan and Stangar Vineyards’ J.P. French.

2929 Limestone Way

Sans Liege

Critically acclaimed but affordable Rhone wines from Curt Schalchlin, who’s developed a devoted following at his Pismo Beach tasting room. Make sure to note the dark, striking label art.

sansliege.com

805-773-2770

Tin City Cider Co.

Almost champagne-like dry cider available in cans and soon on tap at BarrelHouse and in growlers. A collaboration of the winemakers from Field Recordings, Sans Liege and Scar of the Sea.

tincitycider.com

460 Marquita Ave.

805-503-9660

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