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

  • Minassian-Young

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

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Jacob Toft

    Jacob Toft is a wine producer in San Miguel, San Luis Obispo County, California.

  • Eberle Winery

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

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

    JUSTIN Winery is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. The p...

  • Gravity Hills

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    This is a good wine. Dark in the glass. Has vanilla and some oak flavor. Needs to age a bit longer or some serious decanting. Justin continues to offer a great price value for Cabernet Read More

    Wine review by Richodn


  • Justin Vineyards & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Paso Robles Isosceles 2004

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    Elegant, well structured, good complexity nice tannnis. Drinkable now, but should get even better with age. Open/decant for several hours. Surpasses many other belnds and cabs in the price range. Read More

    Wine review by mcoppins


  • Victor Hugo is a shy guy. Very humble. Love his wines. Typical Paso Robles wines with a full-body and high alcohol. Victor Hugo wines are very well priced. You get a big bang for the buck. You will enjoy all the wines offered.Jan ManniCS, Court of the Master Sommeliers Read More

    Forum post in the topic Victor Hugo Petite Sirah 2004


  • Cuvée Pom Jerry Lohr Winery Usa California 2006

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    Solid effort by my favorite weekday wine, J Lohr Seven Oaks. Perhaps best in years. Won in my own blind test against several other big Cabs costing 50% more. Big fan since '92 vintage, as my friends and family will attest. Read More

    Wine review by bhougland


  • Cuvée Pom Jerry Lohr Winery Usa California 2006

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    This is a very nice, straight forward California Cabernet. Expressive and fruity with enough complexity to keep you interested. Best one I've found in this price range and one of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by 00schneider


  • Clayhouse Vineyard Syrah Paso Robles 2003

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    yes, i love the balanced spicy cinnamon in the wine. luscious foodie syrah. Read More

    Wine review by Paso Gal


  • Clayhouse Vineyard Zinfandel Blend Paso Robles Adobe Red 2006

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    does it get any better than this wine? seriously? $15 and simply divine. Drink Now! Read More

    Wine review by Paso Gal


  • Mcclean Vineyards Syrah Paso Robles Estate Private Reserve 2003

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    All of McClean Vineyards Syrahs and Syrah Rose are outstanding. A must have or "collect". Don't pass this great Syrah up. I have found no better. Read More

    Wine review by Syrah Lover


  • I love heading up that way! I just got back from a little venture to Paso Robles, Sta. RIta Hills, Los Olivos, etc. Was up there for 3 days and hit 35 wineries. I was excited because I actually found a whole bunch that I hadn't been to before. The bad news in my discoveries; prices have sky-rocketed! Doesn't anyone know we are in a recession? I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Home from the Central Coast


  • Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by janetgillespie


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