Villa Nel Mondo Bed & Breakfast

3260 Nacimiento Lake Drive, Paso Robles, California, 93446, United States

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Travel Tips for Paso Robles

Wine Tasting at Hansen Winery

by TRimer

Bruce Hansen makes wine for himself and for his wine club- period. He is passionate about it and uses only organic materials. I had read about the winery in my Grape Escapes book and decided to check it out. The winery is off of the main strip (46 W or E) and as Hunt Cellars told us- is on the way to the town dump. We were not disappointed. We first did the tasting with another couple who frequents the area and Bruce's wife. The tasting room is small and consists of a long bar and displays of barb wire which according to Bruce's wife is a souvenir from Bruce's first marriage. We had sampled all of the wines- great syrah, zinfandel and a cabernet when Bruce returned from the plumbing store. He decided we should start over with him and poured us a viogner. Then we followed him for the next hour back into the cellar where he tapped into his private reserve using a wine thief to take wine from the different barrels. We spent the next hour or so comparing mixes (he would have us mix wines from the different barrels- as they all have their own flavor) against wine he had already bottled. Lots of fun and very informative. We definately signed up for Bruce's wine club and look forward to receiving his wines. The tasting room is only open on the weekend from 11:30am-5:30 pm.

Wine Tasting at Rotta Winery

by Roadquill

Rotta Winery is one of the oldest wineries in California, founded in 1856 by a Frenchman and acquired by the Rotta family in 1908. Rustic and with a family feel and lots of old time history on the walls, old grape presses around. Very casual, but the wine equipment looks modern. Big on their Zinfandel and a dessert wine Black Monukka.

I already want to go back!!!!

by TRimer

We were planning on doing a day of wine tasting in conjunction with a work trip - but I did not have a lot of time to prepare. I tried to purchase a book on the area but there really are not a lot of choices. So we really had to play it by ear when we got to town. The first night we called around to find out if we could get our own guide for the day. While there are several companies offering "tours" few offered guides who knew the wineries. We ended up hiring a car for the day- they only had stretch limos left so we toured the area in style!

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