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Paso Robles Road Trip The Road Less Traveled

Paso Robles Road Trip The Road Less Traveled

 A Visual Journey

“This fall I spent a week in Paso Robles, Tasting Wines, and Making Images. I’d been several times to Paso Robles over the past 15 years.  But, this time I fell in LOVE with Paso and made some really great friends.” ~ Mw

California State Route 46 West starts not far from where the Pacific meets Cambria, cuts right through Paso Robles dividing the north side from the south side. Once you cross over the sprawling hills and forever open ranch spaces you’ll come to a place where wineries cluster in a bucolic setting. To experience Paso Robles, I recommend spending at least three days to settle in and get to know her. Hit the back roads —> I recommend driving along Vineyard Drive & Peachy Canyon Road to see the visual riches that Paso Robles wine country has to offer. My recent visit to “El Paso de Robles, or “Pass of the Oaks.” a community of 30,000 nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California…” lasted a blissful week. I had two things going for me on this trip. 1) I did allot of research before heading out on my road trip.  2) I was blessed with unparalleled access.  Most folks go tasting in Paso and never get past the tasting counter. On this week long journey I was welcomed behind the scenes spending a good part of each afternoon with winemakers and vineyard owners. Video interviews are forthcoming. Here’s a list of some of my favorite wineries visited. For now, enjoy the ride.

My trusty BMW and I love touring the back roads of Paso Robles.  This ultimate driving machine was made for the backroads.  Or, were the back roads made for the machine?


Snakes! At Justin Winery.


As luck would have it blessed with some spectacular clouds as a storm front moves in.

Matt Treisan, wine maker, proprietor, race car builder, Linne Calodo. I used Macphun Tonality to make this image.

Captured in color on my Olympus OMD EM1, post production in Adobe Lightroom and B&W processed in Macphun, Tonality.


Herman Story winery, behind the scenes. These pressings are destined for composting at a vineyard site.


Scott Shirley, enologist, wine maker, Justin winery.


Looking through the fence at Hearthstone along side the back roads.

Copper Horse head. One of several horse breeding and equestrian training grounds off the grid in Paso Robles.

Good fences and barbed wire make for good neighbors. Adapted from the Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall.”

The amazing process of bench grafting root stock to Bordeaux varietals at Tablas Creek winery.

Drive by shooting.

A walk among the Olive trees at Tablas Creek winery.

Limestone rocks cleared from the vineyards at Tablas Creek.

The fermentation wine production facility at Tablas Creek.

The amazing grounds at Calcareous winery.

My friend Andrew Nelson, partner, Rabble Wine Co. at the newly minted Tooth and Nail Winery & Tasting room on the 46 in Paso.

A panorama of Tooth and Nails new vineyards.

Tooth and Nails breathtaking tasting facilities.

Best meal I had on my trip was at Foremost. Rabble Wine Co aka Rob Murray Vineyards new restaurant in San Luis Obispo. About a 30 min. drive from Paso.


The barrel room at Herman Story Wines.

One of the highlights of my trip. Visiting the intimate tasting room to taste Herman Story Wines.

Had to stop at Brewer Clifton on the way back to Orange County to taste their legendary Chards and Pinot. Did not disappoint.

Fall time in Paso Robles.

“Hands of a Wine Maker.” ~ Linne Calodo During my interview with Matt I noticed his hands look like old Zinfandel vines. Matt works the land, the tractor. He does it all an makes amazing wines!

Marc Weisberg is a photographer, educator, chef, former wine buyer, cellar master; and lover of wine. Marc owns and operates a successful Southern California based photography studio, founded in 2001, and is the founder of Wine Photo Workshops. His work is widely published and sought out by luxury brands. Wine Photo Workshops are for photographer-wine-adventurers and image makers. We’ll visit and explore wineries and food destinations throughout the world. Visit with Sommeliers, wine makers, vineyard owners and restauranteurs, with special behind the scenes access. You’ll have the opportunity to learn, make new friends, have fun and raise the bar on your photography skills. Contact Marc by phone 949.494.5084, or email.

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