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Anderson Valley wineries

Handley is one of the best wineries in the Valley and well worth a visit. Very nice tasting wines and very affordable. Pleasant tasting room with nice, knowlegable staff. Be sure to check out their bank of solar panels, the entire winery is powered by them. They are very aware of the environment and do every thing they can to cut down their carbon foot print.

Aug 14, 2012
Nowinesnob in California

Paso Robles Wine Tasting- Request for recommendations

There are many great wineries in Paso, I would avoid Tobin James if you are looking for anything more than a crowed, noisy wine tasteing room. Their wines are for the most part unremarkable and in some cases undrinkable, there Chardonay is just plain awful as is most of the reds, the zin being the most palletable. The only comparison I could make to the vast majority of their wines would be taking a glass of grape juice and adding a splash of alcohol. The popularity of this winery is beyond believe, it is not bult on anyting close to good wine. Having a wine room that is no more than patrons getting drunk and acting foolish does not make for a good time. If that is your cup of tea then go for it. If you want to taste exellent wine I suggest you go somewhere else and just drive right on by Tobin James on Hwy 46. Tobin James is currently makin a big push to becoming a Super Market wine they already in Costco, Von's Pavillion and Whole Foods. Volume sales at Super Markets and outlets may help them have a better bottom line but it surely won't help them produce a drinkable wine.

Aug 14, 2012
Nowinesnob in California