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“Wine & Trains”

Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery
Ranked #64 of 165 things to do in Paso Robles
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Owner description: The Merrill Family's agricultural heritage and grape growing history dates back at least 8 generations on California's Central Coast. A former family ranch still is home to a grape arbor planted in the 19th century. Today Dana and Marsha Merrill and son Matthew farm the vineyards, while Matthew's winemaking is complemented by winemaker par excellent, Jim Shumate. After nearly 30 years of growing grapes for many of the finest wineries in California, ranging from ultra premium small producers to the largest international brands, the Merrill's decided to produce their own wines. In addition to the family estate, the finest blocks of grapes from Santa Barbara and Monterey Counties are selected from vineyards managed by a sister firm, Mesa Vineyard Management, Inc. All wines produced are exclusively farmed by the Merrills who believe that control from planting and pruning through harvest, fementation and cellaring is critical for success. It also ensure a uniform dedication to Sustainability, which led our recent Certification to the SIP program within the Central Coast Vineyard Team. The family believes in community and industry involvement. Dana Merrill was the first San Luis Obispo County Chair of the California Assn of Winegrape Growers, a charter member of the pioneering vineyard Sustainability group, the Central Coast Vineyard Team and is a past two term Director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance.
Fontana, California
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Wine & Trains”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

I am new to wine tasting. But I loved this winery. I loved the trains and just the whole rustic feel of this winery. And of course the wine was pretty good too. I would recommend picnicking at this winery, We wished we had brought a picnic lunch as the grounds are beautiful. We loved the onsite shopping too.

Visited November 2013
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Diamond Bar, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Train Wreck Friday”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We visited the area for Harvest Festival weekend - - we stopped at Pomar for their Train Wreck FRI, which is an event that consists of a live band, wine tasting and food. We paid the $10 per person and set our folding chairs on the lawn in front of the band. The live music was fun as we ate tri-tip sandwiches and drank Pomar Zin watching the sunset into the vineyards. The $10 included wine tasting and live music. I think the sandwich was $10 as well. There are a few nice wines here and this was our third visit to Pomar over the past two years. Always a fun stop...AND, you can apply the tasting fee towards the purchase of wine. We will be back :)

Visited October 2013
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St. George, Utah
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Scenic, but Not Overly Impressive”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Cute little winery and grounds. Wasn't overly impressed, only walked away with one bottle (which is rare for me!) and that was mainly just to have something from every stop. I think the staff was busy getting ready for Harvest Wine Weekend, but they didn't seem very attentive or warm. We were tasting at the same time as another couple and our host seemed rushed and not very informative on the wines we were drinking. Might go back and give it another try, might not...

Visited October 2012
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Paso Robles, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The best little winery”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

If you have not tried Pomar Junction, you are missing out, They have improved dramatically in the past year and I see a very big improvement to come, the wines are so tasty and they have great events. The new Trainwreck wine coming out now is going to be an award winner in my prediction. A beautiful setting to enjoy the afternoon or evening during one of the events.

Visited October 2012
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Creston
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pomar Junction”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Friendly people, great wine and amazing views. Love their Train Wreck Friday events...looking forward to Sept 21.

Visited September 2012
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