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

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

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

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

    Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vine...

  • Silver Stone Winery

    Wine has been enjoyed by people for almost ten thousand years. It has been imbued with mythologic...

  • Minassian-Young

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

  • Hunt Cellars

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

  • Barrel 27

    Mac got into food and wine during his early twenties via his friends and coworkers at Trader Joe’...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Dark but nothing special. Read More

    Wine review by riddleric


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Heather B


  • Adelaida Version Red Paso Robles Anna's Vineyard 2011

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    Juicy and tasty red rhone blend from Adelaida in Paso. Lots of dark red and blue fruit but not overly jammy. Ripe blackberry on the nose and palate with some nice crushed plum, ripe black cherry and a touch of raisin. There's a touch of tart acid on the medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Montes Star Angel Syrah 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their ... V - Your trip report from Paso Robles is great.  I think we need to go there in the next year or two and try some of their better wines.  Thanks for sharing that lin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • V V - Yes, the label from Adelaida Michael's Vineyard is definitely worth ... twice about the location (Paso Robles) since I haven't really enjoyed wines I've tried from that area.  I hope you enjoyed your time in Willamette Valley.  Our favorite winery up there was J. K. Carriere for their fantastic Pinot Noir. http://www.jkcarriere.com/wines... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Adelaida Zinfandel Michael's Estate Vineyard 2010

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    A most excellent big and bold Paso zin. Loads of dark fruit (ripe dark cherry, ripe plum), nice acidity and fine grained tannins. There's a bit of weight on the tongue that blends well with the big fruit. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ecluse Improv 2011

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    Very flavorful Read More

    Wine review by sgarcia61


  • Trader Joe's Viognier Paso Robles Petit Reserve 2012

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    Barely drinkable Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Le Lapin Speed Bump Wine NV

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    No lot # Spicy and fruity on the nose with lots of peachy overtones to the core of brambly zinberry fruit which has a little cafe au lait edge to it. Sweet, round and simple with enough acidity to keep this fairly lively in the mouth and some tannins helping to add detail to the rather stewy, if fruity palate. The tannins build on the palate, he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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