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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Silver Stone Winery

    Wine has been enjoyed by people for almost ten thousand years. It has been imbued with mythologic...

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Robert Hall Winery

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

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015

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    A bit floral but light on the nose overall. Light pear and some pineapple on the palate with puckery acidity and a long slighlty bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ... ... $5 million bail.Meanwhile, Paso Robles vintners are on edge as soaring temperatures and high winds have helped fuel the named Chimney fire, north of Paso Robles’ Adelaida District. Since its start on Saturday, the fire has scorched 8,300 acres and is pushing clo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wildfires in Cali & Portugal


  • One other difference for the Finger Lakes:Current drought map for New York ... ... are starting to look like Paso Robles hillsides in August. Only green apparently is in watered planters and flower pot Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have enology-related questions?


  • I find that typically the warmer the region the riper (and bigger/richer) the ... one from their HMR estate in Paso Roble Read More

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  • Rabbit Ridge Chardonnay Paso Robles 2014

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    Golden straw color, with a few tiny bits of what appears to be cork floating around. Right off the bat there is a briny, green olive aroma with a bit of dill which yields to vanilla, Crème brûlée, candied pecans, and buttered popcorn. On the palate there is a slight saline minerality, pear, fresh squash, and browned butter. The mouthfeel is crea... Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • She has a pretty good palate.Yes, professional chefs are pretty good at tasting ... Valley; when we traveled to Paso Robles via Pinnacles last month (wow, was it that recent?), I wanted to visit, but it was just too impractical.  My wife is going to SLO next week and I wish I could take the time off and join her so that I could stop in.  Come t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • J. Dusi Wines Neveridle Vineyard Sly 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • J. Dusi Wines Tres Cojones Vineyard 'Endless Crush' 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Pelletiere Estate Willow Creek District Viognier 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Pelletiere Estate Willow Creek District Zinfandel 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • 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...

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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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