Old Creek Ranch Winery   0
3.5
8/20/2012

When you’re heading to or from downtown Ojai on highway 33, there’s an irresistible little departure down a country road that leads to Old Creek Ranch Winery. As you pull up to the rustic property, you’ll likely see couples and families picnicking on the grounds under the fruit trees, or even individuals reading a book and enjoying a glass of wine on the patio. It’s inviting to say the least, but I was curious to see if the wines were as lovely as the property.

The Place:  The property is a historic vineyard (late 1800s) that is now ... Read full review



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3.5
3.0
3.5
4.5

Hunt Cellars   1
5.0
5.0
8/20/2012

As I headed west on Highway 46 in Paso Robles, passing one winery after another, I never considered stopping at Hunt Cellars. In fact, after the multi-million dollar estate I had just visited, I hardly even noticed Hunt’s humble appearance. It was my husband who had the instinct to pull up to the modest stone house with a jockey statue out front. Come to find out, this was certainly a case of “never judge a book by its cover.”

The Place:  Hunt Cellars is located on the west side of Paso Robles as you head toward the Pacific. ... Read full review



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5.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
4.0

Arroyo Robles Winery   0
4.0
8/18/2012

It was July 4th, and I’d already visited some wineries in Paso Robles that were in full swing. Now it was time for Arroyo Robles. But upon settling into the Paso Robles Inn, I discovered that most of downtown Paso shuts down for the 4th, leaving all the action for the estate wineries. Needless to say, the next day I was eager to take a walk from my hotel to see what the Arroyo Robles tasting room had to offer.

The Place:  Arroyo Robles is located a block and a half from the city park, sandwiched between a ... Read full review



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4.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
3.0

Ojai Vineyard   0
4.5
8/16/2012

In the idyllic, sage-scented town of Ojai, CA, there is some serious winemaking going on, and wines bearing the Ojai Vineyard label embody all the hard work and heart and soul that go into crafting fine wines. Winemaker Adam Tolmach started the Ojai Vineyard along with his wife Helen in 1983, with the goal of using Central Coast grapes to produce wines in the tradition of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. His artistic process begins with choosing grapes from the finest terroirs and ends with critically acclaimed wines that can be found on menus at fine restaurants and resorts.
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4.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
3.0

EOS Estate Winery   0
3.5
8/16/2012

Some readers may take this as a warning, while it may pique the interest of others, but I want to start by saying that EOS is one of the more commercial wineries in Paso Robles. Owned by the Foley Family Wines, a company that owns about 30 labels, EOS wines can be found in several large, mainstream stores. The vineyard was originally owned by the Arciero family, who came to America from Italy in the late 1930s with big dreams. Upon arrival, they found work as laborers, but after owning a successful business for many years, they opened their own ... Read full review



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3.0
3.5
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4.0

Robert Hall Winery   0
4.5
8/16/2012

Paso Robles. The name conjures images of rolling hills with rows of grapevines and fields of lavender, as well as a smoky, earthy, flavors created by unique mineral content in the soil. Robert Hall wines eloquently represent all that this region has to offer. Hall, An entrepreneur who became inspired to make wine after a trip to the Rhone Valley, searched California to find the perfect terroir for starting his next business venture. He decided on Paso Robles for its rich soil and wine-growing climate, and cultivated his first vineyard, Home Ranch, in 1995. His production goals were lofty, so ... Read full review



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4.5
4.5
5.0
5.0
4.0

Bernardo Winery   0
4.0
8/3/2012

Imagine a small village complete with galleries, shops, cafés, and even a salon that revolve around a winery; a place where families congregate, pets are welcome, and the coffee shop keeps personalized mugs for locals. What sounds like an oenophile’s dream actually exists at Bernardo Winery. This special place is located on the outskirts of San Diego and dates back to 1889 when it was founded on a Spanish Land Grant. The Rizzo family bought the winery in 1927, and today it still remains a family legacy, run by the third generation winemaker Ross Rizzo. Over the years, Bernardo has ... Read full review



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3.5
3.5
4.5
4.5

Agua Dulce Vineyards   0
3.5
7/30/2012

When you visit Napa or Sonoma Counties, you can count on tasting some excellent wines. In Los Angeles County you take a greater risk. But Agua Dulce Vineyards is not likely to disappoint, and, in fact, most locals who come here to taste are pleasantly surprised by the quality of wines. Agua Dulce grows its grapes on 90 acres surrounding the winery, in the newly designated Sierra Pelona Valley AVA, known for conditions that produce fantastic Sangiovese and Syrah. All of Agua Dulce’s wines genuinely express the unique flavors created by the soil, climate, and geographic characteristics of ... Read full review



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3.5
3.0
3.0
4.0

Antelope Valley Winery   0
2.5
7/18/2012

Outside of the obvious viticultural regions of California, the state is sprinkled with little wineries in unassuming places. Such is the case with the Antelope Valley Winery in Lancaster. Here, the Donato family produces handcrafted wines from Antelope Valley grapes and are committed to sustainable growing practices. Although the wines don’t compare to the likes of Sonoma, Napa, or Santa Barbara, they accurately express the flavors of the region.

The Place:  The Antelope Valley Winery, or AV Winery to locals, is located a short distance off of Highway 14 in Lancaster, which is a city in the high ... Read full review



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3.0
2.5
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2.0

Malibu Family Wines   0
3.5
5/19/2012

There’s nothing more freeing than heading up Highway 101 to escape the intensity of Los Angeles. As soon as I exited at Kanan Road, leaving the traffic in my dust, I opened my windows to breathe in the sage- and sea-scented air and enjoyed the bucolic setting. After a few miles, I approached Malibu Family Winery, complete with valet parking and a crowd of urbanites spread upon the lawn picnicking with shiny new bottles of wine. This definitely wasn’t the hidden gem I had imagined it to be, but nonetheless it looked like a good time.

The ... Read full review



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3.5
3.0
4.0
4.0

Malibu Family Wines   0
3.5

There’s nothing more freeing than heading up Highway 101 to escape the intensity of Los Angeles. As soon as I exited at Kanan Road, leaving the traffic in my dust, I opened my windows to breathe in the sage- and sea-scented air and enjoyed the bucolic setting. After a few miles, I approached Malibu Family Winery, complete with valet parking and a crowd of urbanites spread upon the lawn picnicking with shiny new bottles of wine. This definitely wasn’t the hidden gem I had imagined it to be, but nonetheless it looked like a good time.

The ... Read full review



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3.5
3.0
4.0
4.0

Antelope Valley Winery   0
2.5

Outside of the obvious viticultural regions of California, the state is sprinkled with little wineries in unassuming places. Such is the case with the Antelope Valley Winery in Lancaster. Here, the Donato family produces handcrafted wines from Antelope Valley grapes and are committed to sustainable growing practices. Although the wines don’t compare to the likes of Sonoma, Napa, or Santa Barbara, they accurately express the flavors of the region.

The Place:  The Antelope Valley Winery, or AV Winery to locals, is located a short distance off of Highway 14 in Lancaster, which is a city in the high ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
3.0
2.5
3.0
2.0

Agua Dulce Vineyards   0
3.5

When you visit Napa or Sonoma Counties, you can count on tasting some excellent wines. In Los Angeles County you take a greater risk. But Agua Dulce Vineyards is not likely to disappoint, and, in fact, most locals who come here to taste are pleasantly surprised by the quality of wines. Agua Dulce grows its grapes on 90 acres surrounding the winery, in the newly designated Sierra Pelona Valley AVA, known for conditions that produce fantastic Sangiovese and Syrah. All of Agua Dulce’s wines genuinely express the unique flavors created by the soil, climate, and geographic characteristics of ... Read full review



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3.5
3.0
3.0
4.0

Bernardo Winery   0
4.0

Imagine a small village complete with galleries, shops, cafés, and even a salon that revolve around a winery; a place where families congregate, pets are welcome, and the coffee shop keeps personalized mugs for locals. What sounds like an oenophile’s dream actually exists at Bernardo Winery. This special place is located on the outskirts of San Diego and dates back to 1889 when it was founded on a Spanish Land Grant. The Rizzo family bought the winery in 1927, and today it still remains a family legacy, run by the third generation winemaker Ross Rizzo. Over the years, Bernardo has ... Read full review



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3.5
3.5
4.5
4.5

Robert Hall Winery   0
4.5

Paso Robles. The name conjures images of rolling hills with rows of grapevines and fields of lavender, as well as a smoky, earthy, flavors created by unique mineral content in the soil. Robert Hall wines eloquently represent all that this region has to offer. Hall, An entrepreneur who became inspired to make wine after a trip to the Rhone Valley, searched California to find the perfect terroir for starting his next business venture. He decided on Paso Robles for its rich soil and wine-growing climate, and cultivated his first vineyard, Home Ranch, in 1995. His production goals were lofty, so ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
4.5
4.5
5.0
5.0
4.0

EOS Estate Winery   0
3.5

Some readers may take this as a warning, while it may pique the interest of others, but I want to start by saying that EOS is one of the more commercial wineries in Paso Robles. Owned by the Foley Family Wines, a company that owns about 30 labels, EOS wines can be found in several large, mainstream stores. The vineyard was originally owned by the Arciero family, who came to America from Italy in the late 1930s with big dreams. Upon arrival, they found work as laborers, but after owning a successful business for many years, they opened their own ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
3.0
3.5
4.5
4.0

Ojai Vineyard   0
4.5

In the idyllic, sage-scented town of Ojai, CA, there is some serious winemaking going on, and wines bearing the Ojai Vineyard label embody all the hard work and heart and soul that go into crafting fine wines. Winemaker Adam Tolmach started the Ojai Vineyard along with his wife Helen in 1983, with the goal of using Central Coast grapes to produce wines in the tradition of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. His artistic process begins with choosing grapes from the finest terroirs and ends with critically acclaimed wines that can be found on menus at fine restaurants and resorts.
Read full review



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4.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
3.0

Arroyo Robles Winery   0
4.0

It was July 4th, and I’d already visited some wineries in Paso Robles that were in full swing. Now it was time for Arroyo Robles. But upon settling into the Paso Robles Inn, I discovered that most of downtown Paso shuts down for the 4th, leaving all the action for the estate wineries. Needless to say, the next day I was eager to take a walk from my hotel to see what the Arroyo Robles tasting room had to offer.

The Place:  Arroyo Robles is located a block and a half from the city park, sandwiched between a ... Read full review



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4.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
3.0

Hunt Cellars   1
5.0
5.0

As I headed west on Highway 46 in Paso Robles, passing one winery after another, I never considered stopping at Hunt Cellars. In fact, after the multi-million dollar estate I had just visited, I hardly even noticed Hunt’s humble appearance. It was my husband who had the instinct to pull up to the modest stone house with a jockey statue out front. Come to find out, this was certainly a case of “never judge a book by its cover.”

The Place:  Hunt Cellars is located on the west side of Paso Robles as you head toward the Pacific. ... Read full review



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5.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
4.0

Old Creek Ranch Winery   0
3.5

When you’re heading to or from downtown Ojai on highway 33, there’s an irresistible little departure down a country road that leads to Old Creek Ranch Winery. As you pull up to the rustic property, you’ll likely see couples and families picnicking on the grounds under the fruit trees, or even individuals reading a book and enjoying a glass of wine on the patio. It’s inviting to say the least, but I was curious to see if the wines were as lovely as the property.

The Place:  The property is a historic vineyard (late 1800s) that is now ... Read full review



Red Wine White Wine Service View/Ambiance
3.5
3.0
3.5
4.5