Distance from LA: 212 miles Northwest; 3.5 hours
Why it made our list: Another excellent destination for wine that isn’t as far or crowded as Napa/Sonoma, Paso also has plenty else to explore besides 200+ vineyards. For starters, you can play “human beer pong” and cornhole at BarrelHouse Brewing Co., play 18-hole disc golf on a vineyard at Castoro Cellars, and chill out in a hot springs tub at River Oaks. For beer and a bite there’s always the excellent Firestone Walker Brewery, or for a killer, farm-centric dinner, check out Artisan. Oh, and if you are looking for the vino, Halter Ranch, Justin, Whalebone, and Eberle (tour the cave cellar!) are good places to start. And the Tobin James tasting room is just a party in a bottle, er, many bottles.
Pro tip: Stop by Villicana Winery to check out their Re:Find distillery and grab a bottle of their gin, vodka, rye, or limoncello to take home.