The Guide

Katie Hayward

After a tour with Katie from Uncorked! Wine Tours you won’t just love the bubbly that you drink, you will love her bubbly personality too! Join “Captain Katie” as she guides you through Paso on a totally unique and customized wine tour – much like the tasting experiences she puts together with her team of knowledgeable, friendly guides every day. 

Breakfast at Kreuzberg Coffee

One of my favorite places to fuel up before any wine tasting adventure is Kreuzberg Coffee!

Drink: The great coffee and lattes adorned with the prettiest latte art you’ve ever sipped. If you’re not a caffeine addict they also serve delicious smoothies, locally made kombucha and house blend herbal teas.

Eat: The amazing breakfast items like flaky pastries and breakfast burritos – they are the bomb!

Maverick Tip: Pick up a few delectable lunch items to take with you on your vineyard explorations.

Disc Golf & Wine Tasting at Castoro Cellars / Whale Rock Disc Golf Course

If you haven’t experienced wine combined with disc golf, you really haven’t lived the Maverick life!

Drink: Grab a pitcher of wine at the tasting room and head out to the course where you can enjoy great wines in the great outdoors while perfecting your hyzer flip and your scooby shot.

See: Visitors can enjoy the incredible views of nearby Whale Rock Vineyard as well as learn about many aspects of Castoro Cellars on the two-mile loop through the vines.

Maverick Tip: The course is open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm and is perfect for all levels of disc golfers, including everyone in your family. It’s only $5 to play (and that includes a wine tasting!) Don’t have your own discs? No worries! You can borrow some from the tasting room.

Pick up Lunch at Vivant Fine Cheese

I always recommend planning out your food when going wine tasting, and one of my favorite places to grab a picnic lunch is Vivant Fine Cheese in downtown Paso.

Eat: A delicious cheese platter that can be customized depending on the size of your group or budget and can include cheese from around the world, dried fruit, olives, nuts, artisan crackers, honeycomb, spreads, baguettes and many other tasty treats!

Do: Join their cheese club and receive quarterly shipments of four gourmet seasonal cheeses hand-selected by their staff.

Maverick Tip: Vivant Fine Cheese carries more than 150 premium, local and imported, handcrafted artisan cheeses in their tasting room. The friendly staff will work with you and even let you sample so you can find your favorite cheeses to enjoy. Stop by to create your perfect picnic basket or enjoy your selection on their beautiful outdoor patio.

Wine Tasting, Tour and Picnic Lunch at Halter Ranch Winery

Halter Ranch is one of my favorite places to take groups. Located on Paso Robles’ west side in the heart of the Adelaida District, Halter Ranch is a beautiful property with a brand new state-of-the-art tasting room as well as wine caves.

Eat: Your picnic lunch from Vivant Fine Cheese or purchase some of the goodies available at their tasting room.

Drink: All wines made at Halter Ranch are 100% estate grown and sustainably farmed. Check out their high-quality Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines.

Do: Enjoy a tasting in the tasting room or choose from three adventure tours of the property. The Winery and Cave Tour takes visitors through their 19th century barnyard and their wine caves. The Barrel Tasting Tour showcases the state-of-the-art winemaking facilities and a stroll through their subterranean caves where visitors can barrel taste different wines. The Excursion Tour lasts three hours and offers visitors a property tour via Land Rover.

Maverick Tip: Halter Ranch is also a 2015 Sunset Magazine Travel Award winner for best vineyard experience! 

Wine Tasting at Brochelle Vineyards / Roxo Port / Limerock Orchards

This is one of my favorite hidden gems on the west side of Paso Robles. Three unique businesses occupy the same tasting room.

Drink: Visitors can taste port wines with Roxo Port, craft wines from Brochelle Vineyards, and organic walnuts, walnut oil and walnut butters from Limerock Orchards.
Roxo Port is a family-owned winery specializing in ultra-premium port-style wines and all ports are “metodo Portugues” or made in the Portuguese method. Brochelle creates some of the region’s loveliest estate Zinfandel, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Luxe Cuvees.

Maverick Tip: Artisan food tasting flights are available Friday through Monday or can be arranged by appointment Tuesday through Thursday.

Dinner at Catch Seafood Bar & Grill

Catch, a delectable seafood spot and oyster bar, is one of the newest restaurants along Paso Robles’ Downtown City Park where you can catch a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Eat: Surf and turf for dinner! The calamari makes an excellent appetizer, and the cioppino, sea bass and oysters Rockefeller are out of this world.

Maverick Tip: This intimate restaurant books up quickly, so I highly recommend making a reservation. It’s fun to reserve a spot at the bar so you can watch the chef and his team in action while enjoying your meal.

Olive Oil Tasting at Pasolivo

Taste: Amazing olive oils – basil, rosemary, tangerine, lime and more!

See: Pasolivo’s two beautiful locations feature their newest tasting room in downtown Paso Robles with the original Pasolivo Ranch tasting room on Paso Robles’ west side. Both locations offer a unique tasting experience with an incredibly friendly staff who love sharing their knowledge about all things olive oil.

Maverick Tip: The staff at Pasolivo love sharing the creative ways to use their olive oils and products. They can provide recipe cards for ideas on how to use these delicious oils in your next meal! They also offer wonderful vinegars, soaps, spices, and other olive oil-based products.

Picnic Lunch from Red Scooter Deli

Red Scooter Deli is another one of those great places to stop for a bite to eat or to grab delicious munchies for your wine country tour excursions.

Eat: Along with incredible lunches, Red Scooter is also a terrific breakfast stop with tasty menu items such as fruit smoothies, sticky buns, and breakfast sandwiches available until 11am daily. They also make delicious soups and offer a full espresso bar.

See: Look for the fleet of bright red scooters parked outside the restaurant! Deliveries are made via these scooters, and that includes deliveries to wineries, too.

Maverick Tip: It’s no surprise that Red Scooter Deli is one red-hot spot, so it’s a good idea to order online or call ahead.

Wine Tasting and Snacks at J Dusi Wines

When exploring the west side of Paso wine country, make sure that J Dusi Wines is on your itinerary. The Dusis have been Paso wine growers since the 1920s, but Janell (the “J” in J Dusi) is the first in her family to make wine.

Drink: All J Dusi wines are unique and handcrafted using an old world Italianstyle of winemaking. I highly recommend trying the Pinot Grigio or their Zinfandel.

Maverick Tip: The beautiful tasting room has a lovely ambiance with gorgeous views of the vineyards. You’ll be met by their super friendly staff, and your little ones and furry friends are welcome too!

Wine Tasting, Truffle Pairing and Live Music at Shale Oak Winery

Eat: Food trucks are on site on the weekends and the patio hosts live music on the last Saturday of the month.

Drink: All wines are made with estate fruit and are sold exclusively at the Guest Center so everything comes highly recommended.

Maverick Tip: With the distinction as the only Gold LEED Certified winery in Paso Robles, Shale Oak Winery repurposes every material on the property. From reclaiming their water to items in their gift shop, everything is made with repurposed materials. Not only is Shale Oak environmentally friendly, they’re pet and family friendly, too!

Dinner, Wine Tasting and Live Music at Tooth & Nail Winery

When you head out to Tooth and Nail Winery, just look for the castle on your right. If you’re looking for a place to taste some awesome wine, enjoy great food and revel in good times, this is the perfect place.

Do: This winery features many different areas to explore. Bring your friends and family for a picnic or even bring your pup for an afternoon of wine tasting.

Maverick Tip: Stop by on a Friday night and treat yourself to live music and dancing out on the patio.

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