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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Hunt Cellars

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

  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

    The vineyards are selected not by where they are, but what is planted in the soil. Harvesting dec...

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

  • Robert Hall Winery

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

  • Eberle Winery

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

  • EOS Estate Winery

    Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses s...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Clayhouse Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Rather big, rich and ripe on the nose which is full of spicy plum and black cherry aromas with hints of damp tobacco, black pepper, clay earth and ink. Broad and smooth in the mouth, there are some fine, edgy tannins here supporting a mid-palate that shows some extracted vegetal, marmite like flavors under a core of rich, dark coffee tinged frui... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Ancient Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Very perfumed with plenty of toasty oak on the nose laid over spicy black fruit that shows a touch of a baked character like blackberry pie filling. Smooth and rather well focused in the mouth. Attractive and fresh blueberry and blackberry fruit flavors glide across the palate backed up by subtle green herb tones and spicy, cedary oak. The tanni... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2010

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    Big dried fruit and roasted herb aromas greet the nose followed by truffly and mushroomy accents to the over-ripe fruit all layered over spicy oak. Surprisingly light one entry, this is rich with black and red fruits that show a less pronounced sense of over-ripeness than is found on the nose, though a bit of aromatic pruniness marks the palate.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker 2009

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    LOVE this wine. Plenty of fruit to start, well-balanced with acid, and then just a touch of smooth tannin to finish. Didn't even need to air, as most Zins do - it was delicious straight out of the bottle. Not cheap at $19 from Wine Library, but well worth it. Read More

    Wine review by biondanonima


  • Justin Obtuse Port 2009

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    A smooth and neat port with a balance and refined finish. Age 27 months in cellar Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Ancient Peaks Oyster Ridge 2009

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    Deep dark purple in the glass. An almost floral nose--orange blossoms--with oaky things. Initial palate sensation is tart. A medium-bodied red with CS cassis/blackberry hints. Relatively light tannins. I'm glad I opened this up tonight rather than letting lay for a few years. This is a satisfactory wine right now and not particularly age-w... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Falcone Family Vineyards Syrah Paso Robles Mia's 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Tobin James Petite Sirah Paso Robles Bodacious 2008

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    This is a masterpiece Sirah. Tobin may be know more for their Zins this is special. At 15.6% Alc it is smooth and goes fabulous with autumn meals with hearty vegetables. Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


  • Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Paso Robles Port

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    I really enjoy this port. When I returned for a visit just for the port it was then I became a member. It's worth it! Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


  • Tobin James Zinfandel Paso Robles Blue Moon Reserve 1991

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    Such a quality Zin. Like it's name I choose to enjoy on the Blue Moon occurrences! Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


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