The Famous Tobin-tini

We’re back at Tobin James, one of our favorite Paso Robles CA wineries and its always a hoot! They have nurtured their own unique cowboy lore over the last 23 years since the winery was first opened by maverick Tobin (Toby) James.

Tobin James front door

The James Gang theme embodied by Tobin James Cellars exudes old Western charm and with three original Virginia City style antique bars in their tasting room, you can easily imagine yourself transported back to an old saloon in the days of stagecoach layovers. Anyone would be hard pressed not to get into the spirit!

Tobin james blue moon zinfandel

“It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin (Toby) James, a lowly assistant winemaker at the time, asked the owner of the winery if he could have the grapes and make wine out of them for himself.

The owner replied, “sure kid, knock yourself out”. A year and a half later, gold medals began pouring in for Toby’s first Zinfandel, the 1985 “Blue Moon” Zin.

After making his wines at another local winery for a few years, and tasting and selling them out of a local wine shop in town, Toby finally took the plunge and built Tobin James Cellars in 1993.”

Tobin James winery signs

This trip we were planning to just do a quick hit-and-run to pick up our wine club shipment. But that never works at Tobin James! Too much fun. And invariably, when we talk about them with friends, someone who knows them pipes up with: “Did you have the Tobin-tini?”

Well, for all you others out there wondering: “what the heck’s a Tobin-tini?”, this one’s for you!

The recipe is pretty easy too:

  • 2 parts Tobin James “Dream Weaver” Sparkling and
  • 1 part Liquid Love. Enjoy!

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