As I mentioned in my previous article, for some time I’ve been a fan of the Rhone varietals coming out of Paso Robles, along with the Zinfandels. These days, the big focus is the Rhone varietals, which may prove to be what Paso becomes primarily known for, although I will always have a soft spot for their Zins.
Red Rhone varietals are typically –
White Rhones are often –
There are others as well. Blends are also common.
They are called Rhone varietals because the grapes were originally grown in the Rhone Valley of France.
We made an unscheduled stop at Edward Sellers on Friday morning. We had an 11:00 AM appointment at Cypher Winery, but it was 10:15 and I was ready to start tasting. I recalled passing the new Edward Sellers tasting room the previous day and noting their 10:00 AM opening time, so we piled into the car and headed over.
I always thought Ed Sellers has a great name for being in the wine business. However, I always thought he should call the winery Edward Sellers Cellars. But, I digress.
Edward Sellers Vineyards and Wines used to have a tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. In September 2010 they closed the downtown tasting room and opened their new tasting room on Highway 46 West. This is where we started our day of tasting at 10:30 in the morning.
I’ve met Ed at various tastings, but this was my first visit to the new tasting room. Unfortunately, Ed wasn’t there that morning [the risk of unscheduled visits] but we did get to meet two lovely ladies – Ed’s wife Dani and tasting room staff member Sarah.
Admittedly, I didn’t allow nearly enough time to taste through their delicious wines, so I kind of rushed things. But I’ve always been especially a fan of Ed’s Syrah-based wines, and this time my favorite was the 2007 Syrah Sélectionnée.
Also, in talking with Sarah about out plans for the day, I found it interesting that one of our appointments later in the day was with the gentlemen who manages their vineyard, Neil Roberts, but that’s a whole other story.
We were running late, and the friends we were meeting at Cypher were texting us, so it was time to go. Next time, I would like to spend more time at Edward Sellers Cellars, um I mean Edward Sellars Vineyards and Wines.
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