AronHill Vineyards

Published January 15, 2014

Soaking in the AronHill Vineyards view of a vines rising and falling in almost every direction as far as you can see, you may be surprised you are in the Templeton Gap. You may even be surprised you are in the Central Coast. Views that take your breath away are not just in old wine country. Some are in the most secluded and unknown regions with charmingly warm and welcome hosts.

Templeton is definitely an unsung wine hero with a refreshing cooperative relationship with its next door neighbor, Paso Robles. While Paso quickly became known for Zinfandel in the early days of its emerging growth, AronHill was smart enough to grow Zin’s cousin, Primitivo. Since then, Paso’s vineyard landscape has shifted toward Rhone varietals while AronHill’s Primitivo has flourished and adored the cooler breezes of the Templeton Gap. Primitivo looks and smells a lot like a Zinfandel but has Italian characteristics like tart berry and cherry flavors with bright acidity that play well with food.

AronHill has not only unleashed this virtuous grape, they can prepare a sumptuous lunch to pair perfectly with this bold and complex wine. Imagine a taste of the deep rich blueberry and cherry liquid with a whiff of smoky caramel and spice chasing down a pear gorgonzola salad or warm crusty salami goat cheese Panini. Better yet, go any day of the week; their onsite bistro serves lunch daily and the sun shines almost every day this time of year.

More appellation adventures from my month in this region.


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