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“Fun Time!”

Tobin James Cellars
Ranked #1 of 171 things to do in Paso Robles
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: TOBIN JAMES-IT'S ALL TRUE!! Open 10 - 6 daily. Tobin James Cellars, established in 1985, is famous for its rich, intense Cabernet Sauvignons, Zinfandels, Syrahs, Merlot, Bordeaux blends, Chardonnay and many other varietals. Tasting at the Grand Antique Bar, the popular Tasting Room is always a must for wine lovers. The legendary James Gang Wine Club is a growing testament to the winery's commitment to excellent quality and its fun, unpretentious approach to wine. Complimentary tasting. Only closed Christmas Day.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

As we wandered in we weren't sure exactly what to do/where to go. Very different than most tasting rooms we've visited in the past. We asked one of the employees and were told to find an empty space at one of the three tasting bars that were open.

The tasting started with the pourer dropping the bottle and shattering the glass in front of me. Fortunately I got no wine on me and wasn't injured. It was an accident and I think he felt far worse about it than we did. No harm no foul.

We shared the tasting as we still had a couple more wineries to visit that day. We were amazed that they were pouring pretty much their entire line, including reserves--with no charge! Kind of scary how drunk people could get there if they chose--and it looked like a few had.

We thought that overall the wines ranged from great QPR to quite good wine and bought a mixed case that ranged from a $12 daily drinker to a $40 reserve bottle. They offered us info on the wine club, however we passed.

It was a little too crowded and noisy for us, we typically taste privately or with only a few other people. We were there mid-week, I can't imagine what that place would be like over a weekend!

The bathrooms were very clean--unexpected given the number of people there.

Thank lovescabs
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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Tobin James is a friendly and fun place. They offer generous wine tasting and a nice line of assorted gifts! I highly reccomend this winery.

Thank jiffygirl1
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

Free wine tasting! Plus my membership discount made this a worthwhile trip on our day out tasting the wines of Paso. Crowded, noisy, but fun and attentive pour-fessionals. Iona poured for our group, she was full of great suggestions and info. Thanks for your tips!

Thank Lynne M
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Tobin James has a beautiful tasting room, friendly staff and free tastings. We were up recently for their members-only summer BBQ. They served up delicious food, live music and unlimited wine. It's just a really fun place.

Thank Cheryl S
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Our stop at Tobin James was based in part on previous reviews. The first thing that hit us in the door was the offer for grape juice for our 12 year old - this place is definitely kid friendly. We've visited over 50 tasting room/vineyards and some are well prepared for kids - some are not - Tobin James certainly is!

The wines were good - not great, but the for the price a very good deal. We ended up purchasing a case - well worth the money and the drive (we came all the way from Wisconsin!)

The biggest plus was our hostess, Karla, who took time to interact with us, answer questions, and help us walk through the wines. They were not busy at the time, but still...she took time with us, and engaged our daughter as well. And while we are singling out Karla, other staff were very engaging with us and our daughter too.

They advertise that they are a fun place to taste wines. True enough, but the wines are good on their own, and the combination gives them a five from us.

Thank Happyrocker
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