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...

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  • Vinfuzion

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

  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

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

  • Opolo Vineyards

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

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Castoro Cellars

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

  • 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

  • Adelaida Viognier Anna's Estate Vineyard 2013

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    Very tasty Paso viognier from Adelaida. There's lemon and ripe pear on the nose. On the tongue is more ripe pear, honeysuckle, ripe stone fruits, a hint of minerality, tongue coating texture, a medium finish and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Looking through my cellartracker past and present, I've found plenty of ... places - the southern Rhone, Paso Robles, Priorat, which makes sense as Grenache is typically a warm climate grape. Now you have me thinking about a new theme for a future tasting event. We just recently we popped a 2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Blewitt Sprin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • Question: If I am not a fan of very "Plummy" wines, what are my ... ... sauvignon esp from Napa and Paso Robles. Tonight, I am having a Villa Sparina Barbera del Monferrato to try out. It's very bright, highly acidic, soft tannis, not too plummy...there's some unripe cherry pit to it. Not fantastic but I like the woodsy, slightly dried-matchst... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Star Angel By Montes Aurelio's Selection Paso Robles Red Blend 2008

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    Incredibly soft in the mouth. Syrah based, but tastes more like a Pinot. Dark purple. Easy to drink. Elegant as hell. Read More

    Wine review by Rysler


  • I also prefer it in a blend. Plenty of excellent blends from Paso Robles that use CF.  Read More

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  • Sean Minor Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Another of the 'Reds' Flight. Utterly forgettable, tasting of not much of anything, little fruit, little oak, and little complexity. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Rabbit Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel 2010

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Maddalena Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2006

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Denner Viognier Paso Robles 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • JanKris Crossfire 2005

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    Nicely dry, herbal spicy with acid, smooth finish. A little too spicy for my personal taste Read More

    Wine review by ruthjones


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