Paso Robles Wine

Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The first grapes in the area were grown by Franciscan Friars in the late 1700s, producing wine for ceremony and brandy export. Following  a period of annexation by Mexico beginning in the 1830s, European settlers arrived in the 1850s following California’s statehood. One of these was French pioneer Pierre Hypolite Dallidet, who established the area’s first commercial vineyard. English settler Henry Ditmas arrived soon after and planted the region’s first Zinfandel and Muscat. Many others soon followed, establishing wineries that are still run by their descendants.
 
Paso Robles also has its place in Wild West history. Drury James, uncle of outlaws Frank and Jesse James is one of the co-founders of the town, the original hot springs hotel and La Panza Ranch. Jesse would often visit the hot springs to soothe his lungs, while his companions no doubt drank the local Read more »

Varietals Produced in Paso Robles View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

    The finest wines are made in the vineyard by producing premium quality fruit that expresses th...

  • Robert Hall Winery

    Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lie...

  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

    The vineyards are selected not by where they are, but what is planted in the soil. Harvesting dec...

  • Vinfuzion

    Imagine with your senses, with your soul what a wine can be when... A vineyard is tendered with...

  • Jacob Toft

    Jacob Toft is a wine producer in San Miguel, San Luis Obispo County, California.

  • Castoro Cellars

    The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of ...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Beautiful Tablas Creek Vermentino from Paso. Really nice floral, honeysuckle nose. On the palate there's rich, creamy lemon, more honeysuckle, mouth watering acidity, a bit of salinity and a medium long finish. Extremely enjoyable and a real nice change of pace. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Sitting in the kitchen looking at the 5" of snow that fell last night and ... but well balanced syrah from Paso Robles. Not overly jammy or extracted but well rounded with loads of dark cherry and plum. Fairly smooth tannins, fresh, inky purple and a nice medium finish. As we were finishing our meal our friendly wine minded neighbors called an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • That's because you're talking about secondary roads through the ... in ... ... in Santa Cruz AVA and Paso Robles.  I certainly wouldn't boycott them!  You know where I was going with this right?  Maybe I can relax my parameters a little, but going out of state is BS.  How does the guy market the Oregon grapes?  California or Oregon Cellared i... Read More

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  • Meridian Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Not bad for a $4 bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by rand2k


  • Thanks Emark, there is plenty to explore in my area. It really has been coming ... ... into its own lately. The Paso Robles area is killing it in Rhone inspired wines and the Santa Ynez Valley has some excellent Pinots and Syrahs. I'm not a white wine drinker but many of the Chardonnays, Viogniers and Pinot Blancs are amazing.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


  • GregT's list is great.  I love things like that.Since he doesn't ... Albarino from, as I recall, Paso Robles.Also, v v, Bedrock puts out an Albarino bottling under the Abrente label.  I liked it sufficiently last year that I ordered some more from them, last wee Read More

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  • So for Spanish wine drinkers, Albarino is fairly common, more so in the Rias ... made by Pasoport located in Paso Roble Read More

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  • Central Coast Wine Warehouse Red Bordeaux Blend Paso Robles Roustabout Meritage 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Well balanced with some degree of minerality characteristic with the region. Good fruit. Great price. Smooth and medium to full body finish. It was everything a meritage should be, but it did not have any distinguishing characteristics. Maybe I should drink more to find them. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Adelaida Cabernet Reserve Viking Estate 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Wonderful Paso Cab from Adelaida. Very well balanced (albeit young) with nice dark berry, green plum, a touch of mocha, refreshing acidity and an interesting trace of mint on the backend. Definitely has some more years to go. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Here's a whole bunch of testimonials by winemakers about one maker of ... ... ... them. that outfit is in Paso Robles, but up Sonoma Way, here are some videos about why concrete is the latest thing. Again, by actual winemakers using the tanks. A lot of wine in the southern Rhone is made in concrete.  And Cayuse in Washington has a French wine... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines stored in concrete tanks


  • I am looking to buy several cases of the 2009 Poor Bob's House Red Wine from Paso Robles, CA. Can you help me find it? Cherie Ross (flyfishing4us@comcast.net).

    Comment by 1086389Cherie Ross 1086389 Cherie Ross


  • Chronic Cellars, Dead Nuts Zinfandel, does anyone know where I could get more?

    Comment by 588004rmilkey 588004 rmilkey


  • There are some wonderfule Granache Rose´s right now. Among them are Edward Sellers and Vines On The Merrycrest

    Comment by 527306PasoGina 527306 PasoGina


  • Love this site. Glad I happened upon it. It is very informative and well done! Thanks!

    Comment by 452889geegeeswinetouring 452889 geegeeswinetouring


  • We have some marvelous, fruit-forward, smooth to the palate wines...ready to drink alone or with food. I give wine tours, and have never been disappointed in any way. Hospitality and talent sit side by side in this amazing appellation. Small wineries suite many and the larger ones have all the bells and whistles and give stellar tours...caves an...

    Comment by 452889geegeeswinetouring 452889 geegeeswinetouring


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  • Anything from Castoro Cellars is a good bet.

    Comment by 443518nickybee22 443518 nickybee22


  • I've been drinking a lot of Paso Creek (merlot and cabernet), Robert Hall (cabernet) and Francis Coppola (pinot noir). I need to branch out, but every time I'm looking at an unexplored bottle, one of these favorites lures me back in... what are you guys drinking from the region that I should try?

    Comment by 168510Caprese Peeps 168510 Caprese Peeps


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