Now that I’m anchoring the new Power Line West Coast Bureau as chief correspondent and head sommelier, I suppose I should get going on the wine beat. I’m near the Paso Robles appellation, so this space will tend to be Paso-heavy on its coverage. I have nothing against Napa, though it is pricey and crowded these days, and I want to be sure to mention that the Sierra Foothills, where I used to live a decade ago, has some hidden gems (including a few Power Line readers in the grape-growing and wine-making business) that we shall have to visit at some point. But aside from the unique character of Paso wines (so far only John from the rest of the Power Line crew has enjoyed the local brew), there’s the style of the place, which hasn’t caught up yet with the snobbery of Napa. The video below, produced for the 2011 Paso Wine Festival, shows you why. I don’t know the Paso Wine Guy (yet), but I do know a couple of people in the supporting cast marching with him. And ask yourself: would Napa do anything like this?
JOHN adds: Based on my experience–one delightful and rather long evening at Power Line West, which I believe is documented on video, should you search this site–I heartily endorse Paso wine, or whatever the heck it was we were drinking!