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TOP WINERIES
(Quality & Experience)
  • Adelaida Cellars
  • Alta Colina
  • Anglim Winery
  • Barrel 27 Wine Co.
  • Booker Winery
  • Caliza Winery
  • Cass Winery
  • Denner Vineyards
  • Eberle Winery
  • Edward Sellers
  • Halter Ranch
  • L'Aventure
  • Shale Oak Winery
  • Starr Ranch
  • Tablas Creek
  • Terry Hoage
  • Thacher Winery
  • Vines on the Marycrest

  • *These are my current choices after many, many trips and are weighed on the quality of the wines vs. the price, as well as the tasting room experience.

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    Here you'll find a list of area wineries that I've been to in the last year. The KEY to the symbols in each review can be found below. This is not a comprehensive list. I have visited almost every winery in the region, but am trying to keep my reviews as current and accurate as possible. Will be revisting many over the next few months so check back for additions. My focus is on the smaller producers and finding hidden gems. Anyone you can buy in your grocery store will generally not be represented here.

    DISCLAIMER: I do not tell anyone I have my own website and am reviewing their winery. I want to get the true experience of a place and their wines. Granted my knowledge may get me special treatment, but that's mostly because I show interest. Show you care, they may as well.


    EXPLANATION OF SYMBOLS:
    Type (of Tasting Room): R=Rustic, A=Average, F=Fancy
    Size (of Tasting Room): S=Small <10ppl), M=Medium (10-20ppl), L=Large (20+)
    Price (of Wines on Average): $=Under $22, $$=22-32, $$$=32-45, $$$$=45+
    W-Rating (Quality of Wines): Drinkable, Enjoyable, Very Good, Great
    E-Rating (Tasting Room Experience): Rude, Hit/Miss, Ordinary, Friendly, Fun


    Adelaida CellarsOpen Daily – TF: $10
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    A M $$ Very Good Friendly Rhone/Bordeaux
    Established: 1981 Location: Westside 15000 Cases
    Read more detailed report
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    Alta Colina WineryOpen Th-Su – TF: $5
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    A S $$$ Very Good Friendly Rhones
    Established: 2003 Location: Westside - Adelaida Rd. 800 Cases
    Read more detailed report
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    Anglim WineryOpen Th-M
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    A S $$ Very Good Friendly Rhone/Bordeaux
    Established: 2002 Location: Downtown 4000 Cases
    Read more detailed report
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    Arroyo Robles WineryOpen Daily
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    F M $$ Enjoyable Friendly Rhones/Cab/Zin
    Established: 1998 Location: Downtown 5000 Cases
    Read more detailed report
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    August Ridge VineyardsOpen Fr-Sun – TF: $5
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    R S $$ Drinkable Friendly Italian
    Established: 2007 Location: Eastside/Creston 1500 Cases
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    Barrel 27 Wine CompanyOpen Th-M – TF: $10
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    R S $$ Very Good Friendly Rhones
    Established: 2000 Location: Off Hwy 46 East 8000 Cases
    Read more detailed report
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    Bianchi VineyardsOpen Daily – TF: $5
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    F L $$ Enjoyable Ordinary Rhone/Bordeaux
    Established: 1974 Location: On Hwy 46 East 5000 Cases
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    Booker WineryBy Appt.
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    A M $$$ Very Good Ordinary Rhone Blends
    Established: 2005 Location: Westside - Anderson Rd. 1000 Cases
    Read more detailed report
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    Brian Benson CellarsOpen Fr-Sun
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    R S $$$ Enjoyable Ordinary Bordeaux/Rhone
    Established: 2005 Location: Westside - Anderson Rd. 1100 Cases
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    Brochelle VineyardsOpen Th-M – TF: $10
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    F S $$$ Enjoyable Friendly Cab/Zin
    Established: 1999 Location: Off Hwy 46 East 1500 Cases
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    Calcareous CellarsOpen Daily – TF: $10
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    F L $$ Enjoyable Friendly Rhones/Bordeaux
    Established: 2000 Location: Westside - Peachy Canyon Rd. 8500 Cases
    Read more detailed report | Update
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    Caliza WineryOpen Th-Su – TF: $10
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    A M $$$ Very Good Average Rhones
    Established: 2007 Location: Westside - Anderson Rd. 1000 Cases
    Read more detailed report
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    Caparone WineryOpen Daily – TF: Free
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    R S $ Drinkable Average Zin/Bordeaux/Italian
    Established: 1979 Location: Westside 3000 Cases
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    Cass WineryOpen Daily
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    F M $$$ Very Good Fun Rhones/Cab
    Established: 2003 Location: Eastside 6000 Cases
    Food Available/Picnic Area → Read more detailed report
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    Castoro CellarsOpen Daily – TF: $3
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    F L $ Enjoyable Ordinary Everything
    Established: 1983 Location: Off 46 West 50,000 Cases
    Picnic Area/Available for Private Events/Concert Series
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    Chateau MargeneSee Note – TF: $10
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    A M $$$ Very Good Friendly Bordeaux/Rhones
    Established: 1997 Location: Eastside/Westside 3,000 Cases
    The winery has two tasting rooms. One in Creston on the Eastside (open Sat & Sun) and one open daily on the Westside off Vineyard Drive and Peachy Canyon Rd.
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    Clautiere VineyardsOpen Th-M – TF: $5
    Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
    F M $$ Enjoyable Friendly Rhone/Bordeaux
    Established: 1999 Location: Eastside 10,000 Cases
    Read more detailed report

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