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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Varietals Produced in Paso Robles View all

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Tobin James

    It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin...

  • Clayhouse

    Clayhouse Wines has recently opened its first tasting room in historic downtown Paso Robles. O...

  • Minassian-Young

    MINASSIAN-YOUNG VINEYARDS' estate vineyard consists of 12 acres of 28-year-old head-pruned Zinfan...

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

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

  • Peachy Canyon Winery

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

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2010

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    Wine review by Heather B


  • Adelaida Version Red Paso Robles Anna's Vineyard 2011

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    Juicy and tasty red rhone blend from Adelaida in Paso. Lots of dark red and blue fruit but not overly jammy. Ripe blackberry on the nose and palate with some nice crushed plum, ripe black cherry and a touch of raisin. There's a touch of tart acid on the medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Montes Star Angel Syrah 2008

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their ... V - Your trip report from Paso Robles is great.  I think we need to go there in the next year or two and try some of their better wines.  Thanks for sharing that lin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • V V - Yes, the label from Adelaida Michael's Vineyard is definitely worth ... twice about the location (Paso Robles) since I haven't really enjoyed wines I've tried from that area.  I hope you enjoyed your time in Willamette Valley.  Our favorite winery up there was J. K. Carriere for their fantastic Pinot Noir. http://www.jkcarriere.com/wines... Read More

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  • Adelaida Zinfandel Michael's Estate Vineyard 2010

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    A most excellent big and bold Paso zin. Loads of dark fruit (ripe dark cherry, ripe plum), nice acidity and fine grained tannins. There's a bit of weight on the tongue that blends well with the big fruit. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ecluse Improv 2011

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    Very flavorful Read More

    Wine review by sgarcia61


  • Trader Joe's Viognier Paso Robles Petit Reserve 2012

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    Barely drinkable Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Le Lapin Speed Bump Wine NV

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    No lot # Spicy and fruity on the nose with lots of peachy overtones to the core of brambly zinberry fruit which has a little cafe au lait edge to it. Sweet, round and simple with enough acidity to keep this fairly lively in the mouth and some tannins helping to add detail to the rather stewy, if fruity palate. The tannins build on the palate, he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Yeah, I have to agree with Foxall... I see a lot of Viognier- but I don't ... may skew the data..  Paso Robles makes a lot of Viognier, as does some of the SCM wineries, other central coast areas, and even in Oakland (Rockwall makes a viognier).  But I do agree with OT about the quality of most Viognier... so far, the best I've had is the late... 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).

    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?

    Comment by 168510Caprese Peeps 168510 Caprese Peeps


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