High fidelity vinyl and wines made with style, care and respect for the fruit can be enjoyed at Bushong Vintage Company.
The tasting room at 565 12th St. in Downtown Paso Robles opened about a year ago and owner and winemaker, Jason Bushong, has really taken the time to make the space a place to relax and enjoy his small-batch wines.
“I really wanted the space to be unpretentious, comfortable and more like I was inviting people into my living room to drink some wine and listen to records,” said Bushong with a smile. “I really want wine to be approachable and talk people through the wines that we make and hope they enjoy the experience as much as we do.”
When walking into the tasting room, a visitor can’t help but get excited by the vintage Star Wars pinball machine made in 1989 — the year Bushong fell in love with wine — and the bookshelf with about 1,000 records to choose from. Then there is the diverse tasting menu at Bushong Vintage. There is a wonderful variety of wines to taste including Spanish Castle Queen, a 2017 Albarino, at the time of writing they were out of the Holocene, a 2017 Viognier and Rose Pretty in Pink, but were expecting to bottle and have the new batch out in March with a very special batch of bubbles made with Gewurztraminer.
“We are about to go to bottle with our Rose that has sold out and some of our whites and a very special batch of sparkling wine made with a Gewurztraminer that I have had my eye on for years trying to get some from the grower and this year they called,” Bushong said. “We are very excited about it and everyone is loving bubbles, so it will go fast. We also make some unique wines like our 2015 Tannat, our Sweet Illusion that is a triple cream sherry that is solera aged, and the Fire Spirit that is Petite Sirah that is aged in a bourbon barrel giving it a beautiful heady, smoky, vanilla cream, and tart cherry flavor profile.”
Also on the menu to taste and purchase by the bottle are Institutionalized a 50/50 blend of Petite Sirah and Grenache, Spanish Castle Magic, a 2015 Tempranillo, and Unknown Pleasure, a blend that is 83 percent Petite Sirah and 17 percent Syrah. All of the wines made by Bushong are limited-release, small-batch wines ranging from 70 to 140 cases bottled at the top end of production. They also host vinyl nights and offer wine and cheese pairings as well as operate three wine hideaways for visitors to stay in locally.
Bushong Vintage Company is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. And Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. To learn more about Bushong Vintage or to book a stay in a hideaway visit, www.bushongvintagecompany.com.