My Five Favorite Wineries | Friday Five
My five favorite wineries in Paso Robles are Grey Wolf, Tooth and Nail, Cass, Sculptera, and Shale Oak. If you love the Central Coast and good wine as much as I do, you’re going to want to read this one! I am breaking down my five favorite wineries and what we love about them.
- GREY WOLF
This is our number one favorite winery! I have an entire blog written about it we love it so much, which you can read here.
When we step foot onto Grey Wolf’s property it feels like home. We can sit for hours, and we HAVE, because it feels like we are sitting in our own backyard (we wish it was). The tasting room is a little farm house nestled among the vineyards. The staff is welcoming and the tasting room is inviting.
Inside you’ll find a sitting area in front of a rustic fireplace that is adorned with the owner’s family portraits hanging above the mantle. Off to one side is a little nook for playing games or just having quiet conversation over a glass of wine.
Outside, surrounding majestic oak trees, are various seating areas that can host groups of any size. Grey Wolf is family-friendly with large games like Corn Hole and Connect Four for the kids to play while their parents relax.
If wine isn’t your thing and you seek something stronger, head up the steps to Grain and Vine, their craft distillery. They make some amazing stuff in there!
The wine poured at this winery is some of the best wine out there. It is fantastic. Don’t just take my word for it, try it for yourself. My favorites are Soulmate and The Dance.
Feeling hungry from all your time relaxing at the winery? No problem! there is a kitchen with some of the most delicious food in the area. My go-to is the mac and cheese. Makes my mouth water just thinking about its creamy goodness.
2. TOOTH AND NAIL
Tooth and Nail Winery is one of my five favorite wineries because it is so fun! The castle vibe with an actual moat that surrounds it makes it special. Once you’re inside it’s a whole new vibe.
Adorning the walls of the “castle” are eerie paintings by local artists. Here’s a few…
Crazy but cool, right? Not only is Tooth and Nail a visually exciting place to visit, the wines are some of the best around! We have quite a few we like to drink, but our favorites are The Possessor and The Fiend. You can’t go wrong with either!
3. CASS WINERY
We love Cass for the same reasons we love Grey Wolf, but there are a few more reasons Cass grabs us. It is way out in the country. It’s peaceful, relaxing, and has breathtaking scenery surrounding it. The staff is always welcoming and accommodating. They make you feel like you’re family, like Grey and Wolf.
The food and wine served at Cass is exceptional. We couldn’t resist becoming members of this winery. Our favorite wines from here are the Cabernet and Rockin Red. So rich and fruit forward.
Besides the winery, Cass now has Geneseo Inn, which we LOVE. Geneseo Inn is made up of shipping containers that have been converted into rooms. They are BEAUTIFUL and very comfortable. The inn is nestled right in the middle of grape vines. Nothing beats waking up in the morning, stepping outside onto the patio, and looking out across the expansive vineyard. It melts all the stress away.
It should be noted that this winery is on my bucket list for shooting a wedding. Please someone, make it happen!
We discovered this winery on our way to Cass and it became one of my five favorite wineries instantly. It’s FULL of amazing sculptures and art! The gardens are stunning and overall just magical. As a photographer, I am constantly finding interesting things to photograph. Oh what a dream it would be to photograph an engagement session or a wedding here!
The wine is very good. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be. I’m not sure why, I just didn’t think I would care for it. I liked it so much I added it to my wine club list!
Sculptera is a great place to grab your favorite bottle of wine and sit outside to listen to one of the live bands they often have. Or, just wander through the gardens and check out all the sculptures and artwork on display. Either way, you’ll be relaxed and happy.
5. SHALE OAK
Shale Oak was recommended by a friend so I decided to give it a try. I was instantly drawn to the 70’s Brady Bunch vibe the tasting room put off. It is so “modern” I couldn’t figure out how to get in the door. That’s a story for another time.
Shale Oak is a vibe. That’s all I can say. You have to visit to see what I mean. You’ll love it. We spent hours outside enjoying a glass of wine while listening to a local entertainer. The petite surah is our favorite there.
So there you have it! My five favorite wineries in Paso Robles. If you visit any of them, let me know what you think and what your favorite wines are. If you have a Paso Robles winery I need to visit, please give me the name and we’ll go on our next trip there!
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