Food & Spirits: D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars is a fun-loving family of professional musicians who strive to blend wine with music, food, and family.
Owners John D’Andrea and Carmine Rubino were raised as brothers (Carmine’s mother was John’s grandmother) on the East Coast in an Italian neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. Making wine at home was a very important family event. Each year, a week-long celebration of crushing and barreling of the juice culminated in table wine for their families.
By their early 20s, John and Carmine were pursuing their separate careers in music. Both were working in the recording, film, and television industries in Los Angeles and New York. On holidays, they and their children would get out their musical instruments and jam with the family band. In 1996, with the love of wine ever pulsing through their veins, they planted their first vineyard. The partners merged their names to form D’Anbino and started the winery in 2000. A depiction of the family band is on their label.
Located in East Paso Robles, D’Anbino Vineyards recently completed a pilot program with a handful of other area wineries and has been officially deemed “Certified Sustainable.” The winery uses sustainable agriculture in producing their small lots of premium, handcrafted wines, which include a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, a classic Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon, and an earthy Syrah. They are also making various blends with musical names like Orchestration and Quadraphonic.
The family encourages folks to join them in their downtown Paso Robles tasting room to hear some great music and enjoy their “wines made with love...from our family to you.” Located in the historic train depot, the tasting room also holds performances by accomplished musicians. A unique piano bar and music memorabilia set the stage for a lively place to savor wine, music, and friends. D’Anbino Vineyards & Cellars is all about enjoying the good things in life with great people.
WHAT TO BUY:
’04 Cabernet Sauvignon with complex aromas of cherry cordial, red currant, and crushed herbs $26
Quadraphonic Blend Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petite Sirah $28
’07 Sauvignon Blanc is crisp, zingy, refreshing, harmonically balanced $15
’04 Portamento Port-style dessert wine with aromas of chocolate-covered cherries $24
710 Pine St
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Tasting Room Open Fri–Sun 12–6pm or by appointment danbino.com
GETTING THERE: From Hwy 101 head west on 13th St then turn left on Pine St. Tasting room is located in the historic train depot.
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