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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  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Robert Hall Winery

    Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lie...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Le Cuvier

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

  • Adelaida Cellars

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

  • Jacob Toft

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

  • 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

  • Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Paso Robles Especial 2004

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    Pleasant, but WAY overpriced at $40 a bottle. Paso Robles Zinfandel can be considerably better than this at a more reasonable price. Read More

    Wine review by Allie L


  • Windward Pinot Noir Paso Robles Monopole 2001

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    Excellent Burgundian style Pinot Noir. The fruit is grown in the Templeton ... Gap, one of the few areas in Paso Robles where Pinot Noir thrives. This winery only makes Pinot Noir and it shows-- this is an elegant wine with excellent varietal character for an incredibly reasonable price (was $35 when released). Thankfully, this is NOT the ... Read More

    Wine review by Allie L


  • Moonstone Cellars Paso Robles 2005

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    Classic Paso Robles Zinfandel-- beautiful blackberry fruit with a lingering black pepper finish. Great food wine, or drink on its own! Superior to many Paso Robles Zins that are twice the money. Read More

    Wine review by Allie L


  • Castoro Cellars Tempranillo Paso Robles Reserve 2004

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    Very good wine for $20 a bottle. Unlike many Paso Robles Tempranillos, this wine is not overly oaked or too high in alcohol. It is medium-bodied and well-balanced with a hint of spice on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Allie L


  • Terry Hoage Vineyards the 46 2005

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    This is the new Paso Robles winery to watch! The 46 is earthy, complex, and lingers beautifully on the finish. Excellent expression of terrior. A great deal at around $40 a bottle! Read More

    Wine review by Allie L


  • Tablas Creek Tannat Paso Robles 2002

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    A rich, smoky wine that improves dramatically with as little as 2-3 years bottle age. Wonderful with duck! Read More

    Wine review by Allie L


  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel 2004

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    Fantastic! Elegant and complex. Pairs well with a variety of foods. Will cellar for at least 10 years, but is extremely drinkable now. Read More

    Wine review by Allie L


  • Cypress Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2005

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    This one arrived in my glass based solely on name alone. It might not be the best way to pick out a wine, but it would not be the first time it happened. It wont be the last. There is slight woody nose, and there is a sweet berry taste at the beginning. The end of each sip leaves something to be desired. It is somewhat hollow at the end, an... Read More

    Wine review by pballing02


  • Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon California 2005

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    Better options available at this price point. Read More

    Wine review by Saluskie


  • Four Vines Syrah Paso Robles 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by teschall


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