Templeton’s ONX Wines is expanding its estate with the purchase of the esteemed Kiler Canyon Vineyard this summer.
Tucked away in a commercial warehouse district just outside downtown Paso Robles is the wine country’s newest and hottest tasting area for wine, beer and spirits, affectionately known as Tin City. This little gem has been rapidly developing into a wine destination spot for locals looking to grab a drink after work and visitors interested in meeting local wine makers and tasting locally produced, high-end and small-batch wines.
Garagiste Wine Festival, held this past Nov. 11 and 12 at the Paso Fairgrounds, was the most successful ever, breaking attendance records with about 800 people and sporting the largest number of exhibitors ever pouring their artisan wines for an enthusiastic crowd of wine lovers.
For the past half-year, I’ve been hosting a series of wine tastings up at Jackson Family Wines headquarters, just outside Santa Rosa. So far, they’ve included both JFW and non-JFW wines, but the next one is strictly non-JFW. It’s a tasting of high-end Paso Robles Rhône-style blends (JFW currently owns no Paso Robles wineries), and I’m getting excited even before I pop a single cork.