Grey Wolf Cellars is located near Paso Robles, right off the 101 highway on the California coast. It’s in a great location to take a rest stop if you are driving up and down the coast or on your way to Hearst Castle. The view from the tasting room is gorgeous and there is a lovely patio to sit at while you enjoy your wine, snacks and the friendly Barton pets.
Joe and Shirley Barton established Grey Wolf Cellars in 1994, a boutique craft winery focusing on small batch, high quality local grapes. The winery is family run to this day and the Barton’s son Joseph, a graduate from Cal Poly S.L.O., is the current head wine maker. In 2011 the winery released the BARTON label, a line of white wine and reserve reds, and the OCCASIONAL WINES label, a collection of wines created using new techniques.
The wine tasting was very enjoyable. We bought a bottle of the 2011 Zinful Cab, a 60% zinfandel, 40% cabernet sauvignon blend. It’s a delicious dinner and restaurant wine that you might be able to find at a local eatery. We also enjoyed the 2011 Chardonnay, this wine is unique in that it doesn’t have the buttery or oak taste like other chardonnay’s; during the fermentation process this wine is only in oak barrels for about a week.