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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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Castoro Cellars

    The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of ...

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

    Located on Adelaida Road, on the west side of Paso Robles, our property dates to the 1880s, when ...

  • Barrel 27

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

  • Tobin James

    It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin...

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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

  • Opolo Vineyards

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Margate Paso Robles Red Blend 2014

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    Another Tasting Room selection. Not much here. A bit too fruit forward and one dimensional for my tastes. Having this once is enough. Description from Tasting Room site is pretty accurate - just not much here...'This flavorful red shows freshness and an attractive core of ripe cherry and plum characters mingling with darker, stewed-fruit nuances... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Justin Vineyards Justification Paso Robles 2014

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    Soft strawberry and raspberry aromas with powdered sugar and cinnamon spice, delicate but assertive and fresh. Juicy and expansive on the palate, showing incredible depth and complexity, supple but well structured tannins, creamy textured mouthfeel and full red fruit flavors of tart cranberry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Finishes with dark... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

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    Dusty raspberry and cherry aromas with an earthy note of very light smoke and cinnamon. This delivers strong fruit flavors of strawberry, mixed berry and cherry cola with earthy minerality towards the finish that supports the spice and good structure holding up the wine. An enjoyable and approachable bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • We're just getting back from dinner after a long day tasting in Paso Robles, there's a debate tonight? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dare we discuss - wine...


  • Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    No written review

    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


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