The old Dusi vineyard tasting room is a nostalgic vestige of a by-gone era in Paso Robles
Paso Robles (AVA)
Old Vine Zinfandel, $6 a Case: looking back at Dusi Vineyard
For the better part of a century, the Dusi family has been farming top quality Zinfandel in Paso Robles, and they’re still the source for some of the appellation’s most highly acclaimed vineyard-designated Zins.
April 21, 2006
Many years ago, driving down Highway 101 to the beach towns of Morro Bay and Cambria, Dusi vineyard
was a charming stop on the way to a clamming weekend with the wife and kids. Women wearing loose rayon sundresses, silk stockings and open-toed heels would accompany their husbands on the short walk into the Dusi tasting room – a small, separate cottage between the home and vineyard. Inside, a six-foot tasting bar hosted the southern side of the cottage. Magazines lauding the four San Luis Obispo County
wineries that existed then are still carefully fanned out on the corner of that tasting bar today. I pick up the 1959 Sunset guide to California
wineries. A two-page black-and-white spread with brief descriptions of the four wineries also includes photographs of sleepy Cambria, a rickety one-boat dock in Morro Bay, and a family clamming on a local beach.