Wine & Beer

New wine bar, tasting rooms opening in Paso Robles’ Tin City

The tasting sign at Lefondusac Winery Bar in Tin City
The tasting sign at Lefondusac Winery Bar in Tin City

Tin City in Paso Robles continues to evolve, with new spots opening and a block party planned for July 23.

Lefondusac Winery Bar has opened at 2929 Limestone Way, at the bottom of the cul de sac — a reference to the name’s meaning, “bottom of the sack.” The brainchild of Garagiste co-founder Stewart McClennan and former Stanger winemaker J.P. French, Lefondusac offers wine on tap in tasting flights, by the glass and bottled to go.

The spacious wine bar features couches and dart boards, with a large lawn out back offering live music most weekends. Hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Cordant and Nelle wines, which winemaker Tyler Russell has been pouring from the back of Brian Benson Cellars, are moving into a new 5,500-square-foot space just outside the Tin City development, at 3310 Ramada Drive, next to recent additions Tapp Label, ETS and Scott Laboratories. Russell said he expects to start tasting in the space by September, with production to follow next year.

Tin City Cider Co., Sans Liege and the Fableist Wine Co. are all aiming to open by late summer/early fall, and work continues on building a restaurant.

» Related: A taster’s guide to Paso Robles’ Tin City

Fifteen Tin City spots are opening their doors from 3 to 6 p.m. July 23, marking the district’s first collaborative event, with live music and food trucks from Gypsy Flame, Choco’s Mexican Grill and Ruddell’s Smokehouse.

Aaron Wines, Barrelhouse Brewing Co., Brian Benson Cellars, Clos Solène Wines, Desparada Wines, Field Recordings, Giornata, Jacob Toft, Lefondusac, Levo Wines, Nelle Winery, Nicora Wines, ONX Wines, Powell Mountain Cellars and Wine Shine are participating, with tasting fees and selections set by each producer.

Winemakers at Tin City at La Fond du Sac, Levo and ONX talk about their work and why they located in an industrial park in southern Paso Robles.

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