We're going to start off by saying we're slightly biased about Broken Earth Winery as two of us were married here last summer. It's also the only winery that we pick up our wine club shipments from—the staff is friendly and more than happy to entertain you while you're getting good and liquored up. On Sundays during the spring and summer there's live music out on the patio.
There isn't a weekend of wine tasting that doesn't involve a stop at Broken Earth Winery. One of the best things about BEW is they seem to have a wine to suit everyone's palette. If you're into white wines, they have plenty to choose from. If you enjoy bolder red wines, you'll have a difficult time choosing your favorite since they're all so good. If you're new to wine and tend to lean toward desert wines, they've got a few to choose from (try their Muscat!)
The staff in the tasting room are all fun and very personable. Trudy is our favorite, so if you happen to stop by on a weekend when she's working, be prepared to be entertained. They also have a café on site where you can buy panini, salads, cheeses and assorted meats to take home along with the bag of wine you're going to leave with. Don't fight it, it happens to everyone.
If you've never been to the winery before, we suggest doing the cheese and wine paring for $15. They'll take you through their wines and reds which pair beautifully with the paired cheeses. I mean, come on, who knew that cheese could taste like coconut after you take a sip of wine? And if you happen to fall in love with any of the cheeses, you can buy those at the café! If cheese isn't your thing, we suggest you still drink wine. Lots of it.
Their reserve wines are amongst our favorites, so if you're trying to build up your cellar collection it's a great place to start. We are hoarding their 2010 CV Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010 RESERVE Broken Earth Petit Verdot and 2010 RESERVE Broken Earth Cabernet Sauvignon for very special occasions. All of our non-wine drinking friends absolutely devour the 2011 Moscato anytime we have a bottle of it open (which is frequently during the summer months!).
If you're not in California and aren't coming to the west coast anytime soon, you may take a cruise this November on the Romanic Danube cruise (a wine-themed cruise!). If you book before September 30th, you get a $1500 discount per stateroom! On this amazing cruise you'll begin in Prague and end in Budapest. You'll have expertly prepared dinner and wine pairings, vineyard tours, and onboard lectures and tasting from California wine makers.
Getting here: From Paso Robles, take Highway 46 East for 6.3 miles; Broken Earth is on your right, 5625 Highway 46 East. On the web: Broken Earth Winery