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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

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

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...

  • Opolo Vineyards

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

  • Edward Sellers

    Edward Sellers is an award winning boutique winery specializing in small lots of handmade America...

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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

  • Jacob Toft

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

  • Gravity Hills

    GRAVITY HILLS wines are made by a small group of friends who have worked together in the wine bus...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • "Yeah but would you drink those again? With all the salt water?"Sure, ... ... 3/4 of what comes out of Paso Robles. No Gallo wines unless fooled blind or forced. Not-drink-at-all wines would be few in Burgundy. Still conducting ongoing research there. And if others are paying then will drink most Bordeaux, at least a glass, ditto on the researc... Read More

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  • Broken Earth Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    Dark fruit and berry notes. Balanced with soft tannins. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Geneseo 2013


    I took a bottle to a dinner party and we loved it. Read More


  • California Karma Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2009


    Perhaps I got a bad bottle. A little bitter, not much flavor. Many many better options for me Read More

    Wine review by Tlparadise

  • L'Aventure Estate Cuvee 2007


    2 bottles $90.00 Read More

    Wine review by hlgolding

  • I first noticed tip jars about three years ago in Temecula.  I think we ... conter.  On a trip to Paso Robles two years ago I noticed tip jars in a couple of the four or five tasting rooms we visited.  I do not recall seeing any at the two Edna Valley wineries that we visited last spring.I guess I'm on the same page with you on whether or not ... Read More

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  • EM - I just know that Pauillac Bordeaux was a good wine, even though I ... ... ... along a nice Syrah from Paso Robles for us to taste.  We know that Bob and Sally don't serve high-end wines at these parties, so we've learned to bring our own.  Bob took my bottle (a French Grenache blend) and set it aside, as he did with some other bottles pe... Read More

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  • Adelaida Mourvedre Estate Anna's Vineyard 2011


    Pretty damn good for 100% mourvedre. The nose is a bit perfumey (?) with a touch of smoke. On the tongue is ripe blackberry, black cherry, a touch of gaminess, a bit of tar, fairly fine grained tannins and medium+ acidity. This begs for a big chunk of grilled or smoked red meat. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • OT-Sounds like a great wine! Nice project as well! I went and explored ... ... beyond my norm with a Paso Robles Blend. A 2009 Derby Fifteen Red-37% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 18% Counoise and 18% Mourvedre. Not typrically in my wheel house but it was very tasty and easy (smooth) drinking. Bright fruit, fair amount of acidity with a touch of tartne... Read More

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