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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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


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

  • Vinfuzion

    Imagine with your senses, with your soul what a wine can be when... A vineyard is tendered with...

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

  • 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

  • Le Lapin Speed Bump Wine NV


    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

  • Yeah, I have to agree with Foxall... I see a lot of Viognier- but I don't ... may skew the data..  Paso Robles makes a lot of Viognier, as does some of the SCM wineries, other central coast areas, and even in Oakland (Rockwall makes a viognier).  But I do agree with OT about the quality of most Viognier... so far, the best I've had is the late... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa

  • Rabbit Ridge Meritage Reserve Estate Grown 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by protz

  • "Its official; the world’s best syrah-based wine hails from our own ... ... Bélanger2 - Syrah Paso Robles 2009 Austin Hope, Californie | Vitis3 - Côte-Rôtie Rose Pourpre 2010 Pierre Gaillard, France | Rézin4 - Cornas 2008Maxime Graillot, France | Réserve et Sélection5 - Syrah Pays d'Oc 2011Château Camplazens, France | Sélection Caviste6 - Nard... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

  • GT - That Ridge goes for about $29 at Total Wine.  Would you recommend it ... it ... had a few wines from Paso Robles (other wineries of course) and was not impressed with the regio Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • And as luck would have it I'm midway through a Ridge Paso Robles 2012 right now. A little bitter at first but after an hour and a half, the bitterness is gone and there's a load of fruit showing. I just looked at the alcohol and I'm really surprised. I get no heat but the alc is stated at 14.8. Nicely done Zin. Not a subtle aged Barbaresco for s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Troublemaker Red Blend 3 Paso Robles NV


    No written review

    Wine review by AliciaB9

  • Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold 2012


    52% Vermentino, 48% Grenache Blanc From Fenaughty Tight, citrus rind and pith aromas greet the nose which picks up a creamy note with an overlay of minerality , lemon curd and lime leaf. Nicely open on the palate which starts off in a very mineral vein picking up a bit of yellow melon flavor along with hints of ollen and heather. Theres a little... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Promise Seeker Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    These are the tasting notes from Lot 18-Tasting NotesFrom the winery: "Ruby in color, with aromas of black cherry, plum and violet. Ripe flavors of blackberries and raspberries combine, and hints of savory spice and thin mint coat the palate. The tannins are well integrated with the fruit and create a saturated, balanced and long finish."ha, ha,... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Lone Madrone Enigma 2008


    An excellent red blend of syrah and petit sirah from Paso. Lots of nice dark berries/cherries, prune, decent acidity and a nice long finish. Big, bold fruit but not overly jammy, just nicely balanced for a fairly big red. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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