I have written about a couple of other wineries in Paso Robles, but I think it is time to tell you about my favorite winery there, Eberle!
Gary Eberle was one of the pioneer winemakers in Paso Robles. He began his career making wine for his family's winery, Estrella River (now known as Meridian) beginning in 1973. In 1980 he formed Eberle Winery, and his first wine was the 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Since that time Gary has continued to produce outstanding wines, and his awards and gold medals are too numerous to mention. You can always count on the Eberle Cabs to be tasty, rich wines - I love them!
The name Eberle means "small boar", so it is logical that the winery logo should be a boar. At the tasting room entrance is a large bronze boar, and it is said that good luck will come to those who rub the boar's nose and drop some coins into the fountain (sort of like Trevi Fountain).
In addition to the outstanding cabs, Eberle also sells great barbera, cab-syrah, Cotes-du-Robles (a Rhone blend), sangiovese, syrah, zinfandel, and my low-cost favorite, Full Boar Red (sold only in the tasting room). And those are just the reds!
On the white side, there is chardonnay, viognier, and a new entry, Cotes-du-Robles Blanc (a white Rhone blend). Also syrah rose and muscat canelli.
My folks lived in Paso Robles for about 30 years, so I visited there quite often. I began going to the Eberle winemaker dinners and joined their Friends of the Winery (FOW) group of supporters. I think I was one of the early members of that group - whenever I buy wine in the tasting room, the people there always remark that my member number is 30-something.