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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Jacob Toft

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

  • Opolo Vineyards

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

  • 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

  • Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Back to the wine!  In anticipation of our upcoming trip we opened this ... red blend from Adelaida in Paso Robles - 40% Mourvedre, 25% Grenache, 23% Syrah, 9% Cinsault and 3% Counoise.  Served this just slightly chilled so the nose was a bit muted. Even so, still got a bit of earthiness and some rhubarb coming up from the glass. On the tongue ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Grayson Cellars Merlot 2014

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    Great balance of fruit and oak. Not too dry, but not sweet at all92pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Liberty School is Hope Family. They're from Paso Robles and have several labels - Liberty School, Austin Hope, Treana, Candor, and Troublemaker. Liberty School is probably the best of the lot, based on tastings a long time ago.But you can probably do better. There are some threads on inexpensive wines.If you're on SI, Mission Fine Wines sometime... Read More

    Forum post in the topic JUST AN INTRODUCTION


  • Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Very light and smooth Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015

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    A bit floral but light on the nose overall. Light pear and some pineapple on the palate with puckery acidity and a long slighlty bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Wildfires Threaten Wine Regions in California, PortugalWildfires are again ... ... $5 million bail.Meanwhile, Paso Robles vintners are on edge as soaring temperatures and high winds have helped fuel the named Chimney fire, north of Paso Robles’ Adelaida District. Since its start on Saturday, the fire has scorched 8,300 acres and is pushing clo... Read More

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  • One other difference for the Finger Lakes:Current drought map for New York ... ... are starting to look like Paso Robles hillsides in August. Only green apparently is in watered planters and flower pot Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have enology-related questions?


  • I find that typically the warmer the region the riper (and bigger/richer) the ... one from their HMR estate in Paso Roble Read More

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  • Rabbit Ridge Chardonnay Paso Robles 2014

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    Golden straw color, with a few tiny bits of what appears to be cork floating around. Right off the bat there is a briny, green olive aroma with a bit of dill which yields to vanilla, Crème brûlée, candied pecans, and buttered popcorn. On the palate there is a slight saline minerality, pear, fresh squash, and browned butter. The mouthfeel is crea... Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


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