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...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Hunt Cellars

    It started over 20 years ago as a fantasy, living on a lush beautiful vineyard, producing your ow...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Robert Hall Winery

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

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

    Located on Adelaida Road, on the west side of Paso Robles, our property dates to the 1880s, when ...

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

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

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

    Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vine...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • I have been lurking for the past few months but have decided to be a ... ... Sauvignon (Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles-Blends),  Washington Cab Sav & Merlot and some daily drinkers from Chile and Argentina. I have visited Napa, Sonoma and Paso a few times in the past 5 years but look forward to continue to expand my knowledge and experience here... Read More

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  • 2012 Grafter Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    A Lot 18 Seasonal Selection. Tasting Notes on site are pretty accurate:'Big, rich, dark aromas of baked cherry and currant fill the nose. There's also a hint of blackberry. It tastes just like it smells, but with an earthy, oaky secondary character, as well as a long, mineral-driven finish. Very juicy, ...'Opens with Oak/Cedar/Lavender and a ste... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I heard a pretty great story from a member of HAMCO (Hell's Angels ... ... way.  They rode through Paso Robles, SLO and Santa Maria, taking side trips in each region.  BTW, after the funeral, there was wine and beer on offer.  Angels, some of them anyway, drink wine.  And while that might not be the point of that particular ride, I think it co... Read More

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  • Wild Horse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Tart fully bodied with hints of cherry and blackberry . Better after decanting . Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot 2012

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    Opens with some green pepper and raspberry, Rather thin and not quite a mouthful and somewhat disappointing, but after sitting in the glass a bit, becomes deeper, more complex, with more pronounced jam and preserves flavors and cocoa. Turns out to be not too bad and at the price point, a good deal. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tablas Creek Syrah Paso Robles 2010

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    When we first opened this it was very closed down, flat and uninspired so I put a cork in it and let it sit a few days. Definitely benefitted from the air time as it came out with some rip dark fruit layered with a touch of chocolate, fine grained tannins and a medium amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • John Alan Red Blend Paso Robles Malcontent 2006

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    Great wine. I've had the 2007 vintage when it was still very young. This is a very new-world, fruit-forward blend that really explodes with flavor. It finishes well too, doesn't decelerate as it goes down. Looking forward to picking up another bottle of this one again. Read More

    Wine review by DNath991


  • Tablas Creek Mourvedre Paso Robles 2010

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    Interesting 100% mourvedre from Tablas. Not very fruit forward, more of the tar, leather and spice. The fruit that is there is dried black cherry and ripe black plum. The tannins are fairly grainy and pronounced and the finish is of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Welcome to the Forum, PHound and thanks for the tip on Demetria--another one ... recommendations in, say, the Paso Robles are Read More

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  • Darren--'09 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, '11 Block 28 Zin and ... ... Valleys and much more than Paso Robles.  I will give the edge to Sta. Rita Hills for the time being, but stay tuned for updates.Going Italian, tonight. (Last Bottle pose): It's 80 (Fahrenheit) degrees here in the Inland Empire.  So, it's time to go back to the summer wine... Read More

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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).

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  • 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!

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  • 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?

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