We've got wine, yes we do. We've got beer, too. We've got spirits, how about you?
San Luis Obispo County's Distilling Revolution.
Paso Robles is home to over 200 bustling wineries, a burgeoning craft beer scene, and fantastic food and gourmet provisions. You would think there isn't anything else they could possibly think of next, but you would be wrong. Several wineries in Paso Robles have started to delve into the world of distilled spirits. With nearly 8 new distilleries operating out of wineries, the spirits movement is gaining momentum in wine country.
Jenn Harris of The LA Times calls these adult beverages "sustainable liquor" because the way in which they are made is by using grape juice discarded during the winemaking process. While some are also making traditional liquor from grains, and you are welcome to taste in the tasting room, California Legislature dictates that distilleries are unable to sell it. But that could soon change with "California Assembly Bill 1295, which is making its way through the Senate, would, if passed and signed into law, allow California distilleries to sell up to three bottles of distilled spirits per day per customer."
To read exactly where Jenn Harris went and what she tasted at 5 of the Paso Robles distilleries, click here.
After all of those tastings, you'll want to grab a bite to eat and stay in town. Check out where Jenn recommends you eat, shop, and stay in Paso Robles.