Your Paso Tour Guide, Actor Casey Biggs

2013 Wine Region of the Year: Paso Robles

CaseyCasey Biggs, known to Trekkies as Damar, leader of the Cardassians on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, has found a more down-to-earth role as Paso Man, the iconic face of Paso Robles wine. He lives in Paso Robles with his wife, chef and cookbook author Brigit Binns.

“Hop in your car and hit the 26-mile stretch of Route 46 from Paso west. You’ll pass stunning vineyard vistas, and when you reach the crest, there is a breathtaking view of the coast and the Pacific.

Every Christmas Eve we put ourselves in the hands of sommelier Ian Adamo and chef Laurent Grangien—and rub elbows with local cowboy royalty—at world-class eatery Bistro Laurent in downtown Paso. For casual nights out, I like to join the crew at wine-bar 15c in Templeton. The region’s best wines are front-and-center, along with a revolving menu of wine-friendly snacks. We also hang out at brand-new Paso Underground for small-production wines from four passionate young winemakers including Aaron Jackson and Edmond August.

We love the farmers market in Templeton—chefs Chris Kobayashi (Artisan) and Julie Simon (Thomas Hill Organics) are often browsing the impeccable produce there on Saturday mornings. It’s strictly local and seasonal, and it’s where we pick up all our fresh vegetables—plus a bone from Charter Oaks Meats for our dog, Stella. What could be more fun than soaring like an eagle over the oaks and golden hills on the zip line at Ancient Peaks in Santa Margarita before sipping their terrific wine? And—I may be biased—but there is nothing like the fire at Refugio, where my wife Brigit teaches rustic outdoor cooking classes.”

Explore California’s other wine-growing regions >>>

Published on November 25, 2013
About the Author
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email:

The latest wine reviews, trends and recipes plus special offers on wine storage and accessories