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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

    Since 1981 Martin & Weyrich has planted more than 250 acres in San Luis Obispo County. Currently ...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Le Cuvier

    There is firm empirical evidence to the effect that yeast & other varied wine pathogens die of bo...

  • Vinfuzion

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

  • Castoro Cellars

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

  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Do like that area, Mark. My extended family almost built some houses right on ... what you describe about how Paso Robles has been transitioning. I never liked many of its wines in the '90s or early last decade, and haven't been there for maybe 15 years. So any and all news about the good wines in the directions you describe is music to my ear... Read More

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  • Just got back from a wine-centric trip to Paso Robles and Monterey County.  We've been to Paso a number of times and belong to two wine clubs - Tablas Creek and Adelaida.  This was our first visit to Carmel/Pacific Grove to check out what they have to offer.I made a few appointments and we dropped in to quite a few more tasting rooms.In Paso, Ta... Read More

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  • Jack, that bottle sounds excellent, I really need to explore Bordeaux a lot ... more.We're heading to Paso Robles and Monterey in a couple weeks with our good friends/drinking buddies so we had a bit of a planning session last night. Cooked up some Marcella's pork chops braised in two wines and opened this big '09 Paso cab blend from Denner Vi... Read More

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  • Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Zinfandel Paso Robles 2013

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    Gift from the Bassett's 2/21/2018. It has been a while since I last tasted a zinfandel. This one was not as spicy (not a fav of mine) as I remember the last one I tasted being. Therefore, it was right in my wheelhouse and I drank more of the bottle than I should have. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Justin Isosceles Paso Robles 2014

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    It was a special sentimental occasion so we enjoyed this wine early. A welcoming bouquet enhances the flavorful full bodied treasure the your palate will crave many more sips. Perfectly balanced and a finish into thin air. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Went out on a little wine buying trip while my wife went shopping for other ... ... 2015 Angeline Reserve Paso Robles andThe 2015 Martin Ray Sonoma County.The next was a zin that has some good talk and a rep said to try it - I did and liked it.  Not like the old time rustic zins that I love and miss - but good for today's style - ageable also... Read More

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  • Lone Madrone Oveja 2015

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    Tons of fruit on entrytable grapes, stone fruit such as peach or, better, nectarine, tropical fruit such as kiwi, banana. Some stoniness or minerality. Noticeable spritziness almost suggesting secondary fermentation. Great acid tartness provides refreshment. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • As in, "Did you finish off that cheap Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon so you could enjoy a nice Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon"?  Yes.  There is still some Pinot left for Sandra too.  Last night's dinner with her father was a beer event (special Trader Joe's beer from the holiday season) with Chinese food while we watched Wheel of Fort... Read More

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  • "Once again, an OK wine, but not a life changer."That cracks me ... ... ... Oh look - it's from Paso Robles too.  The 2015 Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles.   80 points.&nbs Read More

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  • This is probably another waste of space on my part, but here goes just to keep ... Bay.2015 EroicaThe 2016 Daou Paso Robles Cabby:The Daou Pessimist Red Blend.One of my Favorite CCR bottlings and this Domaine Wachau 2016 Gruner Veltline Read More

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

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  • 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.

    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?

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