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Wine Tasting
  If you say Pinot say WINDWARD VINEYARD, because that’s all we make.
Reservations Suggested
Celebrating over 30 years in Paso Robles
Westside / Templeton Gap
1380 Live Oak Rd., Paso Robles • (805) 239-2565
 Open Daily • Walk-ins Welcome
    everyone said it was too hot for pinot here.” But he soon discov- ered there was already some pinot noir growing in the region. It was planted at the advice of the famous Napa Valley consultant, Andre Tchelistchef at Hoffman Mountain Ranch (HMR) and had been grow- ing pinot since the 1960s. After meeting HMR’s owner and tasting the 1976 pinot noir, Goldberg said he was blown away. “If I could get close to making pinot that’s
this Burgundian I’d be a happy guy.”
In 1989, the
couple bought
26 acres on
Paso Robles’
The region,
blessed with
cool ocean
breezes blow-
ing through the
Templeton Gap,
the nightly 40-degree
temperature drop, plus
the calcareous soils proved to be ideal for pinot grapes. The region has proven itself able of producing award-winning pinots, Windward Vineyard wines boast quite a few Double Gold medals from the
San Francisco Wine Competition most recently, with a history of award winners as well. Paso now has at least 20 wineries producing the varietal, although Windward Vineyard is the place to go for their Burgundian style.
The Burgundian approach to winemaking begins in the vineyard by harvesting grapes that are not overripe. Otherwise, the wine would be too fruity with unbal- anced flavors. The signature of a
Windward pinot noir is that it’s
a perfectly balanced symphony
of violets and ripe Bing cherries layered with traces of earthy notes leading to what Goldberg calls a peacock tail finish. “If you close your eyes, all the phenolics spread out and give a long peacock tail finish. That’s why it complements so many foods.” Windward’s tradition- al French practices produce a pinot that is light, nuanced, complex, and
has a long cellar life.
A visit to the tasting
room is an immer- sive experience through time.
The wine flight is a vertical
tasting – four different vin- tages, all from
the estate, all uniquely differ- ent, plus a bonus
tasting of their new white pinot noir.
The Eye of the Partridge is unique with white wine flavors
like stone fruit and honey, with a full-bodied red wine feel.
Most days, visitors can find Goldberg and his wife Maggie D’Ambrosia or their son, Justin, in the tasting room. Try a cheese or charcuterie pairing with the flight. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the vineyard with its mountainous backdrop outside on the terrace or inside through the large bay window.
Windward Vineyard is located at 1380 Live Oak Road in Paso Robles and is open daily from 10:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. For more information call (805) 239-2565 or visit
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