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Wine Tasting
Be part of the family at Line Shack and Heart of the Matter tasting room
 Local, family- owned and operated wineries team up to deliver great wines at a great price point
When it comes to hospitality, Bob and Daphne Balentine of Line Shack Winery know just what it takes to make guests feel like part of the family. The couple is celebrating the one-year anniver- sary of their tasting room, con- veniently located on 11 St. across from the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. With extended evening hours, it’s the perfect place to visit before or after enjoying lunch, din- ner, or a movie in downtown Paso Robles.
In addition to the varied wine selection from Line Shack, the tast- ing room features wines from Heart
of the Matter Winery, owned and operated by their son, Jack.
“All of our kids – Jack, Morgan, and Nick – grew up in the wine business, and Jack has been help- ing us since he was literally out of diapers,” Balentine said.
Family matters
Bob and Daphne are the winemakers for Line Shack Winery, with Jack serving as their assistant winemaker in
addition to being
the winemaker
for Heart of the
Matter Winery.
Keeping things
all in the family,
the winery and
tasting room is
staffed solely by
the Balentines.
Daphne oversees
and tasting room
operations, with
Morgan and Nick
pitching in to help
with social media,
tech, forklift duties, and more.
Guests enjoy a warm, inviting, friendly atmosphere while interact- ing directly with the owners and winemakers. Be sure to check out the photo of their original Line
Shack Cabin hanging on the wall and enjoy a glass of wine while the family shares its history.
“We can answer any questions you have, and we always have a nice, warm Paso Robles welcome for you,” Balentine said. “There’s just this festive family vibe going on. It’s also the perfect place to stop by before dinner for a glass of wine while you’re waiting for a table at one of the nearby restaurants. Most people stop by again afterwards to enjoy the late-night fun of music and dance with our great wines.”
Great wines at great prices
The Balentines developed their palates and a true love for wine three decades ago. Their atten-
tion to detail while doing home winemaking in Monterey County has steadily increased since moving their family to Paso Robles and producing their first vintage in 2004. Today, their award-winning wines are nationally distributed in 25 states.
Between the two labels, there’s a handcrafted wine for every palate. Balentine points to his Cabernet Reserve, a blend of four clones of Cabernet Sauvignon from three dif-
ferent vineyards, barrel sources and ages, as his favorite offering. Another best- seller is the Line Shack Syrah, a massive, jammy, fruit-forward wine.
Heart of the Matter’s Rosé
of Dolcetto is a crisp, refresh- ing, bone dry, Provence-style wine. New to the lineup, the
White Rhone Cuvee is a satisfying blend of viognier, roussanne, pique- poul blanc, and clairette blanche.
Fruit for their wines has been sourced for the past 20 years from the San Antonio Valley of Monterey
Enjoy our winery grounds, taste our remarkable wines, picnic, play bocce or just relax in the shade.
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