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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Calcareous Vineyard

    The vision of three motivated people helped make Calcareous Vineyard a reality. Lloyd Messer sold...

  • Gravity Hills

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

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Eberle Winery

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

  • Le Cuvier

    There is firm empirical evidence to the effect that yeast & other varied wine pathogens die of bo...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Nice time of year in that photo you're in, Vino. That and a little earlier ... though not as burnt as down Paso Robles way.Do you ever drink whites with salmon? There are times when I consider PN, especially CA blunderbusses, to be oppressive, almost obliterating the subtleties of the fis Read More

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  • Black Zeppelin Paso Robles 2005

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    Wine review by willida


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Needs decanting, but after that excellent. Read More

    Wine review by mainiac


  • Had this 2012 Denner Grenache on Easter Sunday. Another nice Paso Robles blend. Medium ruby in the glass, good nose of red cherry/strawberry fruit, balanced acidity, medium finish. A pleasant easy drinker. Read More

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  • VV-sorry to hear about your Pontiac! I also drank from Paso Robles yesterday. We had a 2009 Derby Fifteen 10 Red-GSM Blend. This one exceeded expectations for a $15 bottle. Nice fruity GSM nose, dark-medium ruby in the glass, raspberry fruit on entry, a little vanilla mid palate and medium to long finish. A very tasty and easy drinking wine. Hap... Read More

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  • Adelaida Cabernet Reserve Viking Estate 2012

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    Very nice but not great Paso bordeaux blend from Adelaida. Subtle nose with a hint of mint and shoe polish. Not overly jammy, layered or fruity on the palate but a decent amount of black berries, tar and leather. The tannins are fairly fine grained with a bit of grip, medium acidity and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by anstett


  • EM - That figures.  I go out of my way to try Paso Robles and I get swindled in the end.  I suppose that grapes sourced outside of the AVA are not considered from the AVA, even if the winery is within the AVA.  I can't argue with that.  Today my spousal unit (that would be Sandra of course) is at one of the Smithsonian museums for a full day dis... Read More

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  • Last night was a good time and I'll consider it part of the weekend so ... ... ... with a full glass of a Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, the Field Recordings 'Neverland', 2013 Paso Robles, California selection on the red wines by the glass list.  For once I have tasted a decent red wine from Paso Robles.  During our meal, the owner came by w... Read More

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