After spending the night in Lompoc, it was was time to head north to Paso. We had planed to spend two and a half days up there before heading home and wanted something different. On our previous trip we had done a Grapeline tour as part of our driven excursion but we wanted something smaller. My travel buddy is a Jeep lover including off roading so when I found Central Coast Jeep Tours, I knew she would be happy! We visited 4 wineries Eberle Winery, Wild Coyote Winery, Whalebone Vineyard, and Calcareous Vineyard as well as off-road adventure and a quick trip for some olive oil. After the day, we walked into town to enjoy one of our favorites from last time, LXV Wines and then finish the night at Chateau Lettau. Overall I would definitely recommend CCJTA – they are willing to work with you to plan the wineries and is a different look at Paso than a private driver or large group would see. Huge plus- since they are small operation with ties to community, most wineries the tastings are free. Which wineries would I revisit? Calcareous and LXV for sure!
You can see as the day progressed the clouds and then rain that came.
Eberle logo is a pig
For all visitors to Eberle, the basic tasting is free and includes a tour of their underground wine cave. We were able to taste some of the premium wines at no cost.
So here was our transportation for the day, overall it was great! The roof protected us from most of the rain and the fresh air was great!
Wild Coyote Barrel Sign
Wild Coyote had a large list of wine, most were drinkable now, a few overpriced but my friend bought a few bottles that were happily consumed at Thanksgiving.
Wild Coyote Directional Sign
Wild Coyote Totem Pole
Wild Coyote has a Teepee… as you can see we enjoyed it!
Wild Coyote has a large Teepee… as you can see we enjoyed it!
One of the awesome things at the winery – an actual whalebone!
Everyone talked about how great Whalebone was, I am not sure it was due to the weather, it being after lunch, the crowdedness or short staff but I wasn’t in love. I would try again after I have visited the other wineries in Paso on my list
View From Calcareous atop the hill with gorgeous views of the valley below
Calcareous view as the rain had cleared
Hills of Paso Robles from the CCJTA Jeep tour
Paso Robles from the Fire Road on the CCJTA Jeep tour
View from the CCJTA in Paso Robles
Paso Robles Hills from Jeep Tour
At LXV, the lounge atmosphere and vibrant colors make it a great place to visit at night. We opted for the spice pairing again. It is amazing how spices on cheese can change the taste of a wine so dramatically!
Finished the day of with one last tasting at Chateau Lettau
They are known for there 100% Tannat, it was the best wine on the menu for sure!