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By: Lisa Pretty
Come for the wine stay for the view

As you drive through Calcareous’s entrance and up the hill to the tasting room you can see first hand the vineyard soil with the limestone deposits that the vineyard was named for. Calcareous is the Latin word for the limestone soil that provides a very distinct character to wine. Almost 20 acres of vines are planted on the property adding to the ambiance for visitors wanting to get the full wine country experience. On the hill top you will see the winery building as well as the hospitality building surrounded by picnic areas and 360-degree views that will take your breath away.

The hospitality center was completed two years ago and was very tastefully designed with stone and plenty of glass to enjoy the views. The large room has fun items on the shelves for those who like to get in a little shopping while out touring wine country. Calcareous produces a wide range of wines made from grapes grown on the estate vineyards as well as other Paso Robles vineyards either leased or under their vineyard management.

The flight of wine for tasting typically consists of six wines for a $5 tasting fee. The flight changes every couple of weeks so each visit you may have the opportunity to try a new wine. Occasionally you may even find one of the limited-production wines such as the Lloyd Estate Cabernet, Calcareous Reserve Mourvedre, or Calcareous Reserve Syrah on the list. Named after the two sisters, Dana & Erika, the Twisted Sisters line is a great value. The wines are priced at just $20 per bottle and include a Grenache, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and a recent addition to the line-up, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel called “Main Squeeze.”

Many visitors stay for a picnic since they do not want to leave the views. New this summer, Calcareous has added a lunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. for those who arrive without a picnic basket. The current menu is provided by Thomas Hill Organics and includes items such as Grilled Shrimp Salad, Grilled Cambazola Cheese Panini and Vietnamese BBQ Pork Belly with prices ranging from $13 to $16.

The property is the perfect location for events. Pat Howell, a hospitality staff member commented, “Our spectacular venue is available for a wide variety of special events such as family reunions, corporate meetings, small celebrations and even large parties with 150 guests.”

There are two public events planned this month. The first is on Saturday August 21st – the Annual Lloyd’s Lookout Pig Roast. For $65 per person or $50 for club members, you can feast on succulent pig prepared by Chef Charlie while enjoying the views and music. The second is an evening planned as part of the Calcareous Summer Music Series. Saturday August 28th, “Big Daddy’s Rhythm and Blues” will be playing from 6 to 9 p.m. and for $25 per person, or $15 for members, you can enjoy the music. Call the winery for reservations for either of these or to book a private event. Wines are sold by the glass and bottle during events.

The tasting room is at 3430 Peachy Canyon Road, Paso Robles and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call (805) 239-0289 or visit

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