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...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Peachy Canyon Winery

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

  • Tobin James

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

  • Barrel 27

    Mac got into food and wine during his early twenties via his friends and coworkers at Trader Joe’...

  • EOS Estate Winery

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Ridge Zinfandel Paso Robles 2004

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    Wine review by janetgillespie


  • Victor Hugo Red Bordeaux Blend Paso Robles Opulence 2005

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    A very nice Bordeaux blend of Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cab Sauvignon with aromas of plum, some raspberry and a hint of licorice with the same coming though on the palate. A nice smooth, drinkable wine. I've been to the winery and they are very nice with many good wines. Read More

    Wine review by PrezCOF


  • Clos Mimi Syrah Paso Robles Shell Creek 1999

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    I love the flavor of this wine, it has a strong earthy nature and shows signs of being great 10 years from now Read More

    Wine review by seery1


  • Cass Rockin' One 2005

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    The medium-ruby colored Tranquility is a blend of Mouvedre, Syrah, & Grenache grapes, so it was no surprise that there was a spicy, white pepper smell on the nose. Behind the pepper smell, there was grape and raspberry. As far as taste, the wine felt a little light in the mouth, particularly because the spiciness was even stronger on the palat... Read More

    Wine review by Alleigh


  • Foxglove Zinfandel Paso Robles 2007

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    had this tonight at a wine bar.... really liked it for the value.... let it breathe a little and really flow over the backside of your palate...yum. Read More

    Wine review by cdj60031


  • Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles 2008

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    I really like this wine for the price. Its not huge but nice and fruity and toasty. However, I think the one "wineart" reviews is a different one. This is "old vines" (about 11.99) not "maverick" (which costs more). Read More

    Wine review by lingprof


  • Venteux Vineyards Grenache Paso Robles 2006

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    I baught this wine in July/August of 2008. I recently enjoyed it in April 2009. With much anticipation I discovered that an small investment in this wine turned out to be such a great purchase. It is a medium bodied wine with soft tannins and a smooth start to finish. It's complimented with a light effervesent sweetness. Highly recommend anyone ... Read More

    Wine review by Dcfillmore


  • Vihuela Winery Red Blend Paso Robles Concierto del Rojo 2005

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    Wine review by mlm510


  • Calcareous Syrah Paso Robles Twisted Sisters 2005

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    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The Calcareous 2005 ... from a blend of two Westside Paso Robles properties, Killer Canyon and Starr Ranch Vineyards. These distinctive small vineyards have unique calcareous limestone-rich soils, from which the winery attributes its name and honors the regions terroir. The Calcareous 2... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Castoro Cellars Fumé Blanc Paso Robles 2007

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    Awful. On the nose: mineral, wet stone, chlorine. Taste of Flintstone vitamins. At $9.99, it's overpriced. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Unfiltered


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