Thursday, June 14, 2012

Castoro Cellars (Dam Fine Wine)

I have been to Paso Robles for the past 2 years and will be going there again this year. Castoro Cellars has been on my list of "must visit" wineries, and we have not made it there yet. It is on the list for the trip this year. I recently had the chance to try their Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I enjoyed all these wines for the price/taste ratio. 

The tasting room is located off Highway 46 and is on the way to Cambria. The wine tasting room also has a local artisan products to buy. The winery has concerts in the summer with a wide variety of music. 

Castoro Cellars also promotes sustainability in the everyday operation of the winery. In 2006, Castoro Cellars installed solar panels in the Cobble Creek vineyard and on top of the events room located near the tasting room. The summer concerts series is run completely on solar power provided through a solar generator. The winery also stopped selling plastic bottles in the winery and opted to place free purified water dispensers. I think all these changes are great and make Castoro Cellars an industry trendsetter. 

Castoro Cellars has 300 acres of "Certified Organic" vineyards. To be "Certified Organic" these vineyards must be in compliance with USDA standards.  

 This is a light summer wine that goes well with seafood. There is a bit of Gew├╝rztraminer in the wine. There are also Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Dos Vinas Vineyards. This sells for approximately $14. 

 This 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is $15. 
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