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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Eberle Winery

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

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

  • Hunt Cellars

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

  • Gravity Hills

    GRAVITY HILLS wines are made by a small group of friends who have worked together in the wine bus...

  • EOS Estate Winery

    Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses s...

  • 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

  • Adelaida Cabernet Reserve Viking Estate 2010

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    Wonderful Paso Cab from Adelaida. Very well balanced (albeit young) with nice dark berry, green plum, a touch of mocha, refreshing acidity and an interesting trace of mint on the backend. Definitely has some more years to go. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Here's a whole bunch of testimonials by winemakers about one maker of ... ... ... them. that outfit is in Paso Robles, but up Sonoma Way, here are some videos about why concrete is the latest thing. Again, by actual winemakers using the tanks. A lot of wine in the southern Rhone is made in concrete.  And Cayuse in Washington has a French wine... Read More

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth


  • 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


  • 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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