Mark Aselstine
 
September 21, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

Exciting Stuff on the Central Coast

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This photo of Paso Robles is courtesy of TripAdvisor

One of the most exciting things to happen to California wine in some time has been the emergence of Santa Barbara and Paso Robles into the world wide wine elite.  SB took advantage of many decades of quality production and the hype surrounding Sideways to finally gain the recognition it has deserved for some time, while Paso Robles has been in many ways the golden child of the American wine industry for the past decade, seeing dramatic increases in not only quality, but production and tourist facilities in the area as well.  Having lived on the central coast myself for some time, when I first began hearing about Paso Robles becoming a world wine capital, it sounded almost humorous.  A decade later though, you can make the arguement that the wines from Paso Robles are among the best values in the $30+ price segment produced anywhere.

Those increases in quality have, in my opinion, only helped to continue pushing the traditional fine wine regions of Napa Valley and Sonoma to new heights.  I think it goes without saying that the average bottle produced in either region, is usually among the best at its respective price point.  Innovation in terms of plantings and winemaking techniques also seems to be on the upswing, which I think can be partially attritubuted to the increased competition from the central coast.

With all that in mind, I thought it would be a good day to introduce theTravel Paso blog as our wine blog of the week.  I appreciate that they cover a wide range of topics in and around Paso.  I know when my wife and I visit wine country for pleasure as opposed to going for work, we do spend time taking part in a wide range of activities outside of wine tasting.  Seeing posts on hiking trails might seem strange to some, but I think for someone spending a few days in Paso Robles, that type of information is going to be both welcomed and appreciated.

Of course, Travel Paso also features plenty of information on local wineries, interviews with local wine industry insiders and anything you'd ever need to know about food festivals and tasting information for the area.  

If you're planning a trip to Paso Robles, Travel Paso's blog (and wider site) is a great place to start.

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