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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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • Jacob Toft

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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

    The finest wines are made in the vineyard by producing premium quality fruit that expresses th...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

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

  • Barrel 27

    Mac got into food and wine during his early twenties via his friends and coworkers at Trader Joe’...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Tobin James

    It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin...

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Brecon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Paso Robles 2014

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    Fully spiced and assertive on the nose, this carries nice baking spice and raspberry aromas with some violet and rose petal notes. Warm, spicy and fruit forward on the palate, this carries raspberry, Bing cherry and chocolate notes with cinnamon and black pepper spice. The finish is a touch herbal and carries good structure, all in all an elegan... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Brecon Estate Conviction Adelaida District Paso Robles 2015

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    Fruity on the nose with lemon, grapefruit and green apple notes plush and fresh and a touch of oak. Perky acidity and a bit spicy on the palate, the citrus and stone fruit character continues with white peach, pink grapefruit and lemon pith, finishing with more oak notes that are more on the herbal side than the creamy side. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • A new label, not yet released but any day now, that I got a sneak preview of. ... is the Syrah heavy version. Paso Robles fruit in the Saxum mold just not as polished. There's probably as much alcohol in this bottle as there was in all three bottles from last night. Giving it air as the first whiff was hot. Getting better with time. At room te... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Niner Twisted Spur 2009

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    Full of currant and earth. Full, round tannins, smooth. Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Law Estate Rose 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Caliza Kissin' Cousins Paso Robles 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Treana Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2014

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    Sweet floral cherry and a touch of something savory on the nose. Concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit on the palate mixed with dark licorice and chocolate notes, a bit of oak spice and medium tannin supporting the palate which ends with a smoky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • OK, I've heard that Texas can be tough.  I guess it's even hard to ... ... of Zinfandels from the Paso Robles area.  I can't say that I would recommend any of thos Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • MJET - VV is absolutely correct - and they age well also.  Hell, their $25 ... Peitte Sirahs.  Their Paso Robles and Napa Valley offerings are solid als Read More

    Forum post in the topic Turley Wines


  • Four Sisters Ranch Paso Robles Limited-Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by foursistersranch


  • Looking to buy Emerald Hills Cabernet savinogn private reserve 2010. Can anyone help?

    Comment by 1971737mccune 1971737 mccune


  • I am looking to buy several cases of the 2009 Poor Bob's House Red Wine from Paso Robles, CA. Can you help me find it? Cherie Ross (flyfishing4us@comcast.net).

    Comment by 1086389Cherie Ross 1086389 Cherie Ross


  • Chronic Cellars, Dead Nuts Zinfandel, does anyone know where I could get more?

    Comment by 588004rmilkey 588004 rmilkey


  • There are some wonderfule Granache Rose´s right now. Among them are Edward Sellers and Vines On The Merrycrest

    Comment by 527306PasoGina 527306 PasoGina


  • Love this site. Glad I happened upon it. It is very informative and well done! Thanks!

    Comment by 452889geegeeswinetouring 452889 geegeeswinetouring


  • We have some marvelous, fruit-forward, smooth to the palate wines...ready to drink alone or with food. I give wine tours, and have never been disappointed in any way. Hospitality and talent sit side by side in this amazing appellation. Small wineries suite many and the larger ones have all the bells and whistles and give stellar tours...caves an...

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  • Anything from Castoro Cellars is a good bet.

    Comment by 443518nickybee22 443518 nickybee22


  • I've been drinking a lot of Paso Creek (merlot and cabernet), Robert Hall (cabernet) and Francis Coppola (pinot noir). I need to branch out, but every time I'm looking at an unexplored bottle, one of these favorites lures me back in... what are you guys drinking from the region that I should try?

    Comment by 168510Caprese Peeps 168510 Caprese Peeps


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