My husband & I took a trip up to Paso Robles last week and decided to try a couple of new wineries. With over 250 wineries to choose from the task can seem a bit daunting, but choice is a good thing because that means there is something for everyone’s palate and budget. I’d been wanting to try Parrish Family wines after seeing them at the Grand Tasting in the park last year. We were not disappointed!
Parrish Family Vineyard has a brand spanking new tasting room that is absolutely gorgeous! It is beautifully decorated and has many windows that look out to the vineyard. It is so welcoming you find yourself wanting to stay. Vanessa led us through our tasting and suggested that one of us do the regular tasting and one of us do the Reserve Tasting so we could compare. Great idea! Vanessa might be the most knowledgeable person I’ve ever encountered in a wine tasting room. And not just about Paso Robles wines, but European wine regions as well, many of which she has visited. She graciously answered our many questions about what she likes and dislikes about each region. So now I want to plan a wine trip to Croatia!
The Parrish story is very cool. The Grandfather of the owner and winemaker, David Parrish, planted some of the first acres of wine grapes in Paso Robles. It was very successful until two things happened: Prohibition and the Great Depression. So Grandpa was not able to realize his dream. But his Grandson took the mantle and is making some amazing wines. Dream realized. Grandpa would be proud.
Between us we tasted a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, a 2016 Chardonnay, a 2014 Zinfandel, a 2014 Petite Sirah (I normally see it spelled Syrah with a y, but they use an i), a 2014 Reserve Silken which is 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Petite Sirah, a 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2016 Malbec. The prices range from $25 – $55. The whites were good, but we rarely drink whites, so our focus was on the reds. I’m a sucker for a good Cab, and this one is sooooo delicious! Heavenly on the nose with lots of blackberry and cocoa and tastes just like it smells. The finish is smooth and lingers wonderfully on the palate. I almost always like single varietal Cabs the most, but I loved the Reserve Silken equally. I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite between the two. I’m not usually a huge fan of Malbec, but it was great too, as was the Petite Sirah and the Zinfandel.
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Sun – Thu 11am-5pm
Fri & Sat 11am-6pm