Saturday we studied the wines of Paso Robles. Paso is about halfway between San Francisco and LA. It is an up and coming region with over 200 wineries, up from only a few twenty years ago. What makes the area so exciting is its big swing between daytime and nighttime temperatures. This swing is the greatest of all the California wine regions and produces a very long growing season. The extra time on the vine results in softer tannins and makes grape varieties that normally have very harsh tannins much more approachable. Zinfandel was the old star in Paso Robles, but now Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and even Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are all very successful.

I’d like to thank everyone who attended. Your questions and conversation really made the evening enjoyable!