If you happen to be an audiophile and an oenophile or just really like wine and good music then you will really like Bushong Vintage Company in downtown Paso Robles.
We were greeted by Jason Bushong and heard a short history of what led him to a tasting room with a wall full of record albums, a pinball machine and fabulous wines. We started off with a couple of delicious whites, a Sauvignon Blanc and an Albarino followed by nice Rose called Pretty in Pink. We transitioned to the reds with a bold Pinot Noir from San Simeon. We enjoyed all of the reds and even learned a new word in the tasting notes for the Tempranillo which was described as having a “Vibrant Carmine Color” which means a vivid crimson color. The reds were bold and wonderful and we opted to finish with the Triple Cream Sherry which was a dreamy finish.
At the back of the tasting room is a wall full of record albums which is an unusual sight these days. Jason has a wonderful collection of albums. Naturally, the music has to mesh with the wines and his red blend is called “Power, Corruption and Lies” which is an album by New Order. The label along with the artwork on the wall pictured above is the album cover which is a reproduction of the painting “A Basket of Roses” by French artist Henri Fantin-Latour. Of course Jason had the album in his collection and Jason and played a song for us from the album.
Speaking of old school and analog things there’s also a Star Wars pinball machine in the tasting room!
If you happen to visit the tasting room later in the day (they are open Thursday through Sunday 11am til 5pm) and you would like a very nice dining experience then take a stroll across the street. Il Cortile restaurant is right across the street and opens at 5pm.
Downtown Paso Robles is a wonderful place to walk around, shop, eat and taste the delectable wines from the area.