Feb. 27th, 2010

Winery Review: Bianchi Winery in Paso Robles, California

Wineries in California: It has been nearly 10 years since Glenn Bianchi purchased 40 acres on the east side of Paso Robles and founded Bianchi Winery. A resident of Orange County, Glenn admired the regionís wines and believed that Paso Roblesí potential was well worth the commute. He wasted no time putting down roots and completed building his state-of-the-art winery in 2004.

Glenn built the wineryís delightful hospitality center on a slight rise to celebrate its commanding westward view across miles of vineyards. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame this breathtaking vista, as well as the wineryís serene waterfall-fed koi lake that sits adjacent to the tasting roomís terrace. The tasting room is an architectural joy, with contemporary lighting, rustic stonework, and modern wood beams. It is warmed by an inviting fireplace in winter and cooled by soft lake breezes in warmer months. This is exactly what Glenn had hoped for when he broke ground: to provide guests a great sensory experience, even before they had a chance to taste the wines.

The winery delights the eyes, and the wines (under two labels) delight the nose, mouth, and soul. The Bianchi Heritage Selection is created from the estateís unique single vineyards; while the Bianchi Signature Selection reaches beyond and explores the unique complexities found in an array of renowned vineyards throughout Californiaís Central Coast. Winemaker Tom Lane joined Bianchi Winery as the director of winemaking in April 2005. As a winemaking veteran of 25 years with degrees from Chico State, Kansas State, Ohio State, and UC-Davis, plus countless accolades and medals under his belt, Tom loves working with Bianchiís estate fruit. He is also delighted with the wineryís commitment to modern technology, including its computerized stainless steel fermentation tanks and a new barrel room for French and American oak to allow blending and aging of small lots.

It is clear that Glenn has accomplished all that he hoped. Bianchi Winery provides a great sensory experience for wine tourers and wine tasters alike.

What To Buy:
Ď08 Pinot Grigio Signature Selection Crisp yet smooth, exotic floral, lychee, kiwi $21
Ď05 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Selection Many layers, coffee-berry, backbone of tactile tannins and oak spices $24
Ď06 Zinfandel Heritage Selection Ripe, full berry, hint of raisin, dried Bing cherry, spicy cinnamon $26
Ď06 Petite Sirah Signature Selection Deep, dark, earthy coffee, blackberry jam $26

Contact:
805.226.9922; Fax: 805.226.8230
bianchiwine.com
3380 Branch Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Tasting Room Open Daily 10Ė5

Getting There:
Directions can be found on the website or by calling the winery.

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