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

  • Tobin James

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

  • Silver Stone Winery

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

  • Eberle Winery

    In 1973, Gary Eberle began his career in the wine industry by heading his family’s Estrella Ri...

  • Peachy Canyon Winery

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

  • Hunt Cellars

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

  • Edward Sellers

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • 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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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • EM - That figures.  I go out of my way to try Paso Robles and I get swindled in the end.  I suppose that grapes sourced outside of the AVA are not considered from the AVA, even if the winery is within the AVA.  I can't argue with that.  Today my spousal unit (that would be Sandra of course) is at one of the Smithsonian museums for a full day dis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... ... with a full glass of a Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, the Field Recordings 'Neverland', 2013 Paso Robles, California selection on the red wines by the glass list.  For once I have tasted a decent red wine from Paso Robles.  During our meal, the owner came by w... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2008

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    Really enjoying this excellent Tablas Esprit de Beaucastel! Really dark, chewy berry fruit on the nose with some savoriness. Loads of ripe, crushed black cherry, notes of black licorice that just go on and on, a touch of mint, and a bit of freshly tanned leather. There are well resolved, fine tannins, tongue coating viscosity, medium plus acidit... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I guess that since you are the originator of this thread, you get to make up ... technically, your streak on Paso Robles wines may still be intact.  According to the label in your picture grapes for that Neverland wine were sourced from Santa Barbara County.  Paso Robles is located in San Luis Obispo Count Read More

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  • Ah, I do enjoy the GSM blends.  If I see that Oso Libre Carnal from Paso Robles at Total Wine, I shall give it a try MJ.Last night was quite enjoyable.  We dined in the district again, this time at Rasika West End, a very nice Indian restaurant where in fact President Obama dined a few weeks ago.  We were heading to The Kennedy Center later in t... Read More

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  • Had this 2011 Oso Libre Carnal on Sunday. We visited this small Paso Robles winery in 2014 and were impressed with the QPR of these wines. This is a nice blend of 41% Grenache, 41% Syrah and 18% Mourvedre, very tasty with mixed fruit and spice. Powerful nose with some complexity mid palate and a long finish. May have to get us some more.   Read More

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  • Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    The 2014 Cab from Chile was clearly filled with too much Mega Purple which is created by the same conglomerate that owns Black Box. Bummer, since I loved the Black Box Merlot!! Read More

    Wine review by Dpupo


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