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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Edward Sellers

    Edward Sellers is an award winning boutique winery specializing in small lots of handmade America...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

    JUSTIN Winery is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. The p...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Vinfuzion

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

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Vinum Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon the Insider 2013

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    Dusty blackberry aromas pour out of the glass with dried raisin and fig fruit and a soft clove spice. Very bright in the mouth, dry but with incredibly bright fruit - a good mix of blueberry, raspberry, black currant and black cherry. When the fruit moves on theres a soft cedar and licorice note left behind that is zesty and comes with a dark ea... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • RBA-just like you have not had a good wine from Paso Robles I have not had a good one from Portugal although it does sound interesting. I look forward to your comments on it.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Nice time of year in that photo you're in, Vino. That and a little earlier ... though not as burnt as down Paso Robles way.Do you ever drink whites with salmon? There are times when I consider PN, especially CA blunderbusses, to be oppressive, almost obliterating the subtleties of the fis Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Black Zeppelin Paso Robles 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by willida


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Needs decanting, but after that excellent. Read More

    Wine review by mainiac


  • Had this 2012 Denner Grenache on Easter Sunday. Another nice Paso Robles blend. Medium ruby in the glass, good nose of red cherry/strawberry fruit, balanced acidity, medium finish. A pleasant easy drinker. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • VV-sorry to hear about your Pontiac! I also drank from Paso Robles yesterday. We had a 2009 Derby Fifteen 10 Red-GSM Blend. This one exceeded expectations for a $15 bottle. Nice fruity GSM nose, dark-medium ruby in the glass, raspberry fruit on entry, a little vanilla mid palate and medium to long finish. A very tasty and easy drinking wine. Hap... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Adelaida Cabernet Reserve Viking Estate 2012

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    Very nice but not great Paso bordeaux blend from Adelaida. Subtle nose with a hint of mint and shoe polish. Not overly jammy, layered or fruity on the palate but a decent amount of black berries, tar and leather. The tannins are fairly fine grained with a bit of grip, medium acidity and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • Looking to buy Emerald Hills Cabernet savinogn private reserve 2010. Can anyone help?

    Comment by 1971737mccune 1971737 mccune


  • 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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