about fossil wine bar.
Paul and Anita Zuniga opened Fossil Wine Bar on November 2, 2018. This adventure allows them to showcase wines from garagiste and small-production wineries on the Central Coast, along with fun international varieties. As wine nerds, they are particularly excited about uncommon varietals and winemakers’ passion projects. Their menu is reflective of this, having included varieties ranging from a local Ugni Blanc to a Greek Agiorgitiko. All wines are available by the glass, and if you are having trouble making a decision, they can guide you in the right direction.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, they also offer beer, cider, mead, and sake. Fossil strives to provide a comfortable atmosphere to discover your new favorite beverage or enjoy an old favorite, so cozy up to the bar, lounge on the couches, or enjoy our ample outdoor seating. Outside food is welcome, and many of the local restaurants will deliver your meal right to you. The space is perfect for a quick drink, enjoying a meal, or even hosting a private event.
Aside from Paul’s affinity for dinosaurs, the soil in Paso Robles is rich in limestone, which is formed by the remains of fossilized marine organisms. This chalky, calcareous soil plays an important role in the flavor concentration and acid retention of the grapes that are grown here.
Paul got his start on the Central Coast working as a guard at the juvenile detention center in San Luis Obispo. Having studied criminology at Santa Barbara City College, and spent nearly a decade working in airport security, he felt it would be the perfect start to the next stage of his career. However, he pretty quickly discovered his demeanor did not suit the role and he shifted to working in various State Farm offices. He did pretty well there, but knew he was not meant to work in insurance forever. He started working for Sextant Winery in Paso Robles, where he was hired for his enthusiasm and passion for learning about all things wine. He learned quickly, transitioning first to neighboring Aronhill Winery before eventually becoming the manager of the LXV tasting room in downtown Paso Robles. LXV owners Neeta and Kunal sponsored Paul’s level one sommelier education, and introduced him to several of the boutique wineries in the area that he would eventually feature on Fossil’s menu.
Anita first learned to enjoy wine while studying abroad in Lund, Sweden. On her return to the States, she continued to enjoy wine without any knowledge of the nuances of variety or region. It wasn’t until she and Paul moved to Paso Robles that they fully nerded out and learned as much as they could about wine. While she is no sommelier, she has her Masters of Science in Accounting and Finance, which has positioned Paul and Anita to successfully launch their business. You’ll occasionally see Anita helping Paul behind the bar, but usually she’s at home with their two sons, DJ and Xander.