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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  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

    Carmody McKnight, from its beginning, embraced a personal vision and pursuit of the land and its ...

  • Opolo Vineyards

    Nearly all of Opolo wines are estate vintages, meaning that they are made from grapes grown by th...

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

  • Minassian-Young

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

  • Eberle Winery

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

  • Hunt Cellars

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles 2012


    Nice, tart Paso vermentino. A hint of fresh cut lemon and some floral notes on the nose. On the palate, nice lemon/lime citrus with some wet stone and vibrant acidity. There's a touch of fresh apricot and bees wax on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Steve Rasmussen El Pomar Vineyard Viognier 2013


    A Naked Wines selection. Pale red gold color. Nutmeg and all spice and green.Under-ripe Melon and stone fruit. Medium Dry, nice acidity, and a hit or two of anise and licorice at the end. Not bad. Purchased this a while ago, so cannot remember what it cost - probably low to mid $20's at the 'Angel's' pricing.So a bit overpriced for the quality. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel 2008


    Excellent white Rhone blend from Paso. This has that nice tropical fruit profile along with a hint of butterscotch, almond and honey. Still fresh and going strong for an '08. There is medium acidity and the finish is medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Adelaida Cellars Version Rose 2013


    Very nice Paso rose. This has nice notes of bright cherry and strawberry, nice refreshing acidity and short to medium finish. This is not an overly complex wine, just something nice and easy to sip on the back porch. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • EM - You are so funny with your comments.  Unfortunately I must now go out ... all up.  Regarding the Paso Robles Imagery - I have not tasted a red wine from that region that I've liked yet.  I don't intend to pay money for another one until someone gives me a taste of something good.  I don't know what it is, but that's a region I am staying a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Fox, we are having guests, tonight, and I was thinking of offering that Brooks. ... Lagrein grapes other than Paso Robles, I would not be stunned if they came from Caparone.  Anyway, as Foxall suggests, I will be looking for an Italian example of Lagrei Read More

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  • Imagery Estate Winery Lagrein Paso Robles 2010


    Bluish purple in the glass. Some herbalness mixed with red fruit on the nose. Easy to drink medium-weight red with a bit of the afore-mentioned red (plum) fruit. Fairly tight on the back of the tongue/palate where tannin and acid are detected. Quite a short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Le Cuvíer Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles l'Enfant du Pape 2009


    Pretty nice, but not overly complex red blend from Paso. Light in color but dark in fruit with black cherry, ripe plum, vibrant acidity, a touch of smoky tar and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Bottom line, look elsewhere for cabs at that price. Without having tasted every Paso Robles possibility, I'm sure I'd rather have some Bordeaux outliers or Aussie options or certain Italian super-Tuscans. Unfortunately Chono went haywire, but maybe even a Chilean, though lots of chaff compared to wheat there still.  Let K&L and others go to town... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Fox - K&L has another problem if you're on the supplier side - they ... guess you could look around Paso Robles - Beckmen, Justin, etc. And in Sonoma St. Francis and Chateau St Jean put things out under $20.One of the problems is that if a CA Cab is under $20, it's not a small-production, hand-made wine. In other words, it's made in as large a... Read More

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