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Published:July 29th, 2008 11:34 EST
Meet the James Gang of Tobin James Winery.

Meet the James Gang of Tobin James Winery.

By Rocco Loosbrock


I continued east on the 46 highway until I came to Tobin James Winery.  This winery is located the furthest east of any winery in Paso Robles.  The tasting room looks like something out of a western cowboy movie; in fact the yellow house which sits on the property is an old stage coach stop.  The house has been fully restored and is currently being used as a guest house.  Before I even entered the tasting room I saw what looked like a giant Italian pizza oven.  The outdoor area had beautiful stone work and a seating area for many people to enjoy the pizza they make on the weekends.


Upon entering the tasting room, you get the feel that you just walked into an old western saloon.  I almost felt out of place wearing my golf hat and flip flops.  The bar in which the wine tasting is done feels like it should have a bar tender behind it!  This beautiful bar is an antique 1860`s Brunswick mahogany bar from Blue Eye, Missouri.  If you can believe this the bar has a bullet hole in it from Jesse James himself!  The tasting room is definitely done up in true western style and this winery and tasting room is a must see on your next trip to Paso Robles.

As we regularly feature their wines in our California Wine Club, I am already very familiar with their wines so I took the opportunity to taste two of my favorites which are the Zinfandel Ballistic? This wine has a very dark ruby color and throws off a very pleasant cherry like aroma.  It tastes of jammy blackberry flavors and finishes nicely with a hint of pepper spice.  This wine is an excellent value under $20 dollars a bottle.

I also tasted the Notorious? Cabernet Sauvignon? This wine is Purple in color and smells of black currant with a hint of cinnamon.  You definitely taste the oak flavor and hint of cinnamon on the finish. 

The winery was founded by Tobin James who is known to be a friendly guy and enjoys playing the celebrity role.  His partners are Lance and Claire Silver  who run the business side of the winery. Together, they are know to be the James Gang"





Rocco Loosbrock runs a food and wine company in Los Angeles, California. Visit to learn more.

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