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. [Read more…]