Best spirits tasting in Paso Robles
–Paso Robles is a world-renown destination for wine, but did you know that Paso Robles also has an emerging scene in distilling spirits as well? Check out our list of best places to go spirits tasting in Paso Robles, and make sure that you designate or hire a driver!
Red Soles Stillhouse, at Red Soles Winery
Located at Red Soles Winery, Red Soles Stillhouse is a purveyor of innovative and unique spirits crafted by owners Randy and Cheryl Phillips. The couple creates naturally flavored spirits in a handcrafted still from Germany. Our favorite is their limoncello. Note that wine tasting hours go fro 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., whereas spirits tasting stops at 4 p.m. Located at 3230 Oakdale Rd in Paso Robles. For more information call (805) 226-9898 or visit redsolesstillhouse.com.
Calwise Spirits Distillpub
Calwise Spirits Distillpub is the only distillery on the Central Coast with a full bar and restaurant. Enjoy a tasting flight of four spirits including Blonde rum, Big sur Gin, Barrel-aged Gin, and Spiced rum, or enjoy a cocktail featuring house spirits, house-made syrups made from seasonal harvests, and freshly squeezed juices. Open Thursday and Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 3340 Ramada Drive, Suite B. For more information call (805) 369-2662 or visit calwisespirits.com.
Bethel Rd. Distillery by Castoro Cellars
Bethel Rd. Distillery is the brainchild of the Udsen Family, owners of the popular winery Castoro Cellars. Stop by for tastes of their grappas, a gin and a two-year barrel-aged brandy, and of course Castoro wines from their estate grown, Organically farmed grapes. Located at 1266 N Bethel Rd. in Templeton. Open Thursday – Sunday 12 – 6 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call (805) 434-0319 or visit bethelrddistillery.com.
Krobar at Grey Wolf Cellars
Kobar Craft Distillery is the ethanol-induced brainchild of Stephen Kroener and Joe Barton. Serving up small-batch, craft spirits such as whiskey, bourbon and gin crafted from botanical ingredients. Located at 2174 Highway 46 West. Open Thursday through Monday from 11-5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call (805) 237-0771 or visit bartonfamilywines.com/spirits/.
Wine Shine creates delicious and creative brandies with grapes sourced from some of the best vineyards in Paso Robles. Our favorite is the Mango Ginger Black Pepper brandy. Located at 3064 Limestone Way in Paso Robles. Open from 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday and “by appointment or luck.” For more information call (805) 286-4453 or visit wineshine.com.
Re:Find Distillery at Villicana Winery & Vineyard
Owned and operated by Villicana Winery and Vineyard owners Alex and Monica Villicana, Re:Find Distillery offers artisan spirits created with raw materials that are sourced from organic farms. From fermenting, distilling, aging, and hand bottling, to even growing some of their ingredients themselves Alex & Monica do it all! Located at 2725 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles. Open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for tours and tasting. For more information call (805) 239-9456 or visit refinddistillery.com.
Willow Creek Distillery at Opolo Vineyards
Formerly “The Distillery at Opolo,” Willow Creek was founded in 2013 with the intent to produce top quality brandies to accompany their wines. Between the brandies, lunch menu offered on the patio, and their wine tasting, we could spend all day at the picturesque Opolo Vineyards property. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (805) 238-9593 or visit opolo.com/distillery.
Pendray’s Distillery, at PasoPort Wine Company
Get three experiences in one at this unique location. Paso Port Wine Company offers delicious port wines, Per Caso, also located on-site, offers several single varietal and blended red and white wines, and Pendray’s Distillery is the latest brainchild of the Paso Port portfolio, offering premium brandies and liqueurs. Distillery hours are Thursday – Monday – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed – Tues & Weds. Winery and distillery located at 95 Booker Road in Templeton. For more information, call (805) 239-2229 or visit pasoportwine.com/About-Us/Pendrays-Distillery.
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