If you live in or have spent much time visiting the Paso Robles area, chances are you are familiar with 15c Wine Shop and Bar. Owner and sommelier, Ali Carscaden, first opened 15c in Templeton in 2007 and has offered a casual place to hang out and explore wine ever since.
With a nice selection of local wines (some hard to find from producers who do not have a tasting room) and a huge selection of international wines, this is my go to place when I am looking for wines for special dinners or wine tasting events with my friends. They always have a good selection of bubbles from the very inexpensive to the “out of my budget’ range. Ali, and her staff have a vast knowledge of the wines and are willing to help make the perfect selection. You’ll find wines in all forms as well as beer and cider.
Sitting at the bar and enjoying wine by the glass is a great way to try new wines and chat with other guests. While at the bar, you really should try some of the pizza and other “eats”.
Chef Nathan Clapp
The menu at 15c has always offered beautiful cheese plates, fresh salads, sandwiches and nibbles like Castelvetrano olives and nuts. It’s a great stop for lunch, an afternoon snack, or for after work appetizers and drinks.
Less than a year ago Chef Nathan Clapp join 15c and with him came some fun additions to the menu. Nathan followed his passion and attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu and then spent time in Italy immersing himself in the local food and culture. Pizza is his forte and he worked over a year and a half to perfect his dough recipe.
His menu changes with the seasons and you can typically find a couple of specials on the board. While I was there I heard guests raving about his burger (which looked awesome served with house made chips).
I’ve had Nathan’s pizza before – he was the executive Chef at Villa San Juliette Winery prior to joining 15c. I confess to skipping out of my own tasting room to head there for lunch some days. He really does make the best crust in the Central Coast.
No matter how good the rest of the menu looks, if Nathan is offering pizza, I’m all in. My go to is a Margherita — with his perfect crust as the base, the tomato, mozzarella and basil all come together into the perfect dish.
Check out their website for more information and special events (like their monthly brunch and Friday bubbles with oysters).