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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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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 ...

  • Peachy Canyon Winery

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

  • Minassian-Young

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


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

  • Le Cuvier

    There is firm empirical evidence to the effect that yeast & other varied wine pathogens die of bo...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Chumeia Zinfandel Paso Robles 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by punboy

  • Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon Premier 5 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by bryanjmatthews

  • Villa Creek Willow Creek Cuvée 2005


    Decanted 2 hours. Smoky nose interlaced with floral highlights. Bright fruit on the palate, fresh, clean, long and smooth. I love the element that the mourvedre adds, earthy, robust. It highlights the brightness of the grenache and enhances the subtle notes of the syrah.Update: Its now 5 hours open and this is singing like Stevie Nicks, sultry, ... Read More

    Wine review by blondon

  • J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


    If you like Cabs and Red Zins...Here is the perfect marraige. It's a cab with the fruit that Paso Robles so graciously delivers with it's hot days and full sun. Give me a couple cases and a desert island...and Mr. Wilson. Read More

    Wine review by lazarusck

  • J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2004


    The spawn of a fat sexy Zinfandel and a smokey Cabernet! WOOF! Read More

    Wine review by lazarusck

  • Robert Hall Paso Robles Syrah & Petite Sirah 2005


    Wow this has a great nose rich with floral, mineral and spice tones all bracketing the perfumed fresh fruit tones. A big, sweet fruit laden entry is followed by a really crisp, well framed mid-palate full of wild berry/blueberry tones and intriguing savoey spice tones that recall pink peppercorns. The acid may be a bit high for many palates but ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Villa Creek Tempranillo Blend Paso Robles Mas de Maha 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by indiored

  • John Alan Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2005


    Hints of blueberry, black currant, cardamom and spices make the smell and taste of this deep purple wine a good pairing with lamb, red meat and hard cheeses. Delightful! Read More

    Wine review by sweetladylynnie

  • John Alan Cabernet Franc Paso Robles 2005


    Love it! The initial smell is of dark chocolate, dirt, oak, boysenberry, with a leathery touch that reminds me of opening an old leather bound book. The taste is oaky and that of wet earth with a hint of dark chocolate covered cherry's. Delicious! Read More

    Wine review by sweetladylynnie

  • Nevarez Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2003


    The taste is a soft and round touch of leather and earth. The flavor is leathery and earthy as well with a meaty palette that ends dry with a hint of black currant. I enjoyed it immensely. Read More

    Wine review by sweetladylynnie

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