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 »

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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Calcareous Vineyard

    The vision of three motivated people helped make Calcareous Vineyard a reality. Lloyd Messer sold...

  • EOS Estate Winery

    Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses s...

  • Peachy Canyon Winery

    Peachy Canyon is a small family owned winery in beautiful Paso Robles on the Central Coast of Cal...

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

    Carmody McKnight, from its beginning, embraced a personal vision and pursuit of the land and its ...

  • Castoro Cellars

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

  • Gravity Hills

    GRAVITY HILLS wines are made by a small group of friends who have worked together in the wine bus...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus 2014

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    Really good Paso Rose. A bit of a darker red, there's plenty of fresh strawberry, rhubarb, bright red cherry and a touch of citrus. There's nice crisp acidity and a fairly long finish for a Rose. Overall, an excellent summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Compass Point Paso Robles Merlot 2013

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; Initially good and solid Merlot, strawberry leaf, red chile, lettuce leaf, then chocolate and coffee, lavender and coffee and cherry preserves and oak. Big, soft mouthfull with balanced Tannins and Acidity. Unfortunately, very quickly turned a to a rather sour, wine vinegar undrinkable glass. Hope the 2nd bott... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • "Crianza" just means there has been some aging regimen.  In ... ... ... that yesterday I was in Paso Robles and bought a Mourvedre/Cab/Syrah blend from the Asuncion Ridge tasting room.  We drank it tonight--and while those grapes aren't too esoteric in various combinations, Cab and Mourvedre in one qualify as something different.  We had chic... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel Truant 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in ... one is a blend of (mostly) Paso Robles fruit:  46% CS, 24% PV, 23% Malbec, 7% Merlot aged 18 months in American and French Oak.  I liked this blend, a lot.  A fair amount of red fruit.  Very light on tannin and acid.  A good hamburger wine.The "Bishop's Peak" label that ... Read More

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  • Adelaida Version White Anna's Vineyard 2013

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    Solid white blend from Adelaida. The Viognier comes through on the nose with really nice floral aromatics. On the palate the Roussanne brings some butterscotch, while the Grenache Blanc brings along a creamy lemon note. Very nice acidity cleans things up along with a medium long finish. At 14.8% abv the alcohol is not shy but is well balanced ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles En Gobelet 2011

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    Fairly nice Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. The nose was dark berries with a touch of smoke and tar. The palate was a bit subdued and somewhat shutdown. There was some black cherry and ripe black plum along with a bit of cedar. The acidity was decent and the finish a tad short. May have needed some more time to breathe. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Okay, I get to take two quick trips this month.  First, we go to San Luis ... ... have time to taste in Paso Robles.  Where in Pismo, SLO or even Cambria should I taste?  Looks like Pismo has a few wine bars on Price Street, including one that is the tasting room for Sans Liege.  This trip starts in two days, so give me what you got and then ... Read More

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  • Adelaida Zinfandel Michael's Estate Vineyard 2011

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    After a long weekend tasting Dry Creek Valley zins, came home and decided to try a Paso zin. This is a really nice wine from Adelaida with a bunch of black fruit and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose. There's blueberry pie, vanilla, blackberry, very nice acidity and some nice green plum on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Steve Rasmussen Zinfandel Petite Sirah Estrella 2013

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    A Naked Wines offering. Opens with ripe red apple and cherry, then some smokey blueberry and spice, then black cherry. Fruit forward with very soft tannins and acidity. Long finish of blackberry, currant, and just a bit of spice and herb. I enjoyed how the Sirah cut some of the fruit and replaced it with notes of spice, heat, and smoke. Would b... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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...

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  • Anything from Castoro Cellars is a good bet.

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  • 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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