No trip to Paso Robles is complete for me without a visit to Oso Libre Vineyards! Something magical happens when you step through the door. Within a few seconds, you are warmly greeted and welcomed by the Behr family. Chris and Linda Behr, along with Jeff and Liz Freeland have put their hearts and soul into making Oso Libre one of the most fun, top wineries in Paso Robles.
Oso Libre, Spanish for Free Bear, (a compilation of Behr and Freeland family names), is certified as Sustainability in Practice (SIP), which is no easy feat. To be certified as SIP, the goal is to grow crops and raise farm animals with the least impact to the environment, without the use of harmful pesticides. Not all wineries qualify for this coveted designation, and this is only one reason that makes Oso Libre so special.
Free range, grass-fed Black Angus cattle along with Babydoll sheep (used for organic weed abatement and organic fertilization) and a few alpacas (who protect the sheep), are raised side-by-side on the 90 acre spread. The outside patio is positioned as an observation area high above the working farm.
In the summer, Chris offers personalized tours in the covered wagon around the grounds, wine glass in hand! Wind generators and solar panels practically take Oso Libre off the power grid.
Black Angus Burger barbeques fill the warm summer Saturday afternoons–plus several winemaker dinners and events are hosted at Oso Libre throughout the year.
But what about the wines???? Oooooooso Fine!!!!
Oso Libre‘s award-winning wines include a stellar line up of 7 wines. Some of my favorite picks are the 2011 Volado (Viognier), the 2009 Querida (Estate Cabernet Sauvignon), the 2009 Quixotic (Estate Cabernet Sauvignon), the 2010 Carnal (Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre) and the 2009 Primoroso (Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Petit Sirah). Wine club members are treated to taste the Solera, a layered cask of the estate’s best wines that is ever-changing in complexity.
For a truly rich and memorable experience in wine tasting, visit Oso Libre on the westside of Paso Robles! www.osolibre.com