San Antonio Winery
Paso Robles: The New Frontier of Rosé
With the ideal climate to produce award-winning rosés, Paso Robles is becoming the hub for this next wave of winemaking. In the past, rosé was seen as a summer drink, a way to stave off the heat with a cool, crisp wine. Now, however, rosé is becoming a year-long favorite, and San Antonio Winery has variations that are bound to entice any wine connoisseur.
San Antonio Winery’s Rosés
San Antonio Winery has a wide selection of wines grown in its estate vineyards in Paso Robles, Monterey, and Napa Valley. However, it is putting an emphasis on its rosé offerings. The winery has always sought to be at the forefront of wine innovations. With rosé gaining in popularity, San Antonio has wines that you will want to sip all year long.
One of these is the 2017 San Simeon Grenache Rosé. The grapes for this wine are grown on the estate Stefano Vineyard in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles, benefiting from its warm days and cool nights. The grapes are harvested and lightly crushed. The juice and skins are left in contact for several hours, which gives the rosé its unique color. The San Simeon Grenache Rosé reveals notes of ripe red berry, cantaloupe, and rose petals. This wine is a perfect complement many dishes, such as tuna tartare, prosciutto and melon, and a wide array of appetizers.
In the Tasting Room
San Antonio Winery’s tasting room has something for everyone. It has a wide variety of wines for visitors to try, including reds, whites, sweet wines, sparkling wines, and ports. In the extensive gift shop, one will find many unique items, including imported Italian pasta, olive oil, and sauces. There is also an attached bistro with many local, seasonal dishes. The tasting room offers several flights including:
Central Coast Flight – three wines, including reds, whites, and sparkling types
Artisan Flight – four small production wines, including some whites, but mostly reds.
Elite/Reserve Flight – a special tasting offering visitors a chance to try varietals from different vintages, unique wines, or a wine and food pairing.
Italian Heritage in a Bottle
Matriarch Maddalena Riboli began her journey with San Antonio Winery in 1946. Today, she is honored by her namesake wine. The 2017 Maddalena Rosé reveals bright flavors of raspberry and yellow peach. This wine pairs well with a wide array of appetizers, goat cheese salads, and fresh shellfish.
San Antonio Winery is located at 2610 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles. The tasting room is open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, call 805-226-2600 or visit the website San Antonio Winery.
The Bistro at San Antonio Winery
A visit to San Antonio Winery is so special because you can taste the fine wines and have a complete meal. The winery’s bistro is open from 11 am to 5 pm. With a nod to the wineries Italian heritage, the Bistro serves chicken piccata, meat & spinach lasagna, and a variety of pizzas, as well as local favorites, like tri-tip sandwiches.