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

  • Adelaida Cellars

    Adelaida's wines begin at the roots, pushing through the rocky limestone soils on the west side...


    The vineyards are selected not by where they are, but what is planted in the soil. Harvesting dec...

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

  • EOS Estate Winery

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

  • Hunt Cellars

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

  • Castoro Cellars

    The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of ...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Five Rivers Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by thedude

  • Ariel Non Alcoholic Brut Cuvée 2002


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    Wine review by krista22

  • Ariel Non Alcoholic Brut Cuvée 2002


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    Wine review by LaurenQuigley

  • Curious Beagle Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2006


    Drinkable, but a bit harsh. Works ok as a second or third bottle opened at a dinner or party. Read More

    Wine review by Heathen83

  • David Bruce Petite Sirah Central Coast 2004


    Ugh. While I've really enjoyed David Bruce's Estate Petite Sirah, this one was over-extracted with an astringent finish for me. I gave it a chance to open up, but it never did, so I didn't finish the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Norman Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles the Monster 2005


    This is my idea of all the qualities a Zin should possess. Tons of jammy fruit with big boldness and complexity. So much to chew on and yet approachable for the non-Zin lovers. Yum. Read More

    Wine review by nataliewan

  • We as consumers tend to get caught up in trends whether we like it or not. The ... ... Vista Creek Vineyards Paso Robles 14.5% $15Ali began the discussion by noting the very earthy, iron and floral nose and found the palate to be a really balanced and sweet package of cola and confected cherry. Marty on the other hand thought this was a real... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tempranillo PTP II

  • Just the notes this time.See the blog post for more details.2006 Milcampos ... ... ... Vista Creek Vineyards Paso Robles 14.5% $15 smells a touch sweet at first then very fruity and very Tempranillo-like with a nice sandy, dusty soil tone and a broad array of herbal, to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tempranillo PTP 13

  • Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2005


    Deep black fruit aromas with a hint of sweetness, and a bit of heat but not unpleasant. Rustic oak and blackberry flavors, soft tannins, smooth and pleasant, with a hint of eucalyptus on the finish. Good value! Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Coral Mustang Tempranillo Paso Robles Rosé Vista Creek 2005


    Fruity nose of bananas and cake. Nice acidity keeps the cherry, and strawberries in check. Quite nice. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

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