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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Paso Robles View all

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

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

  • Tobin James

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

  • Adelaida Cellars

    Adelaida's wines begin at the roots, pushing through the rocky limestone soils on the west side...

  • Edward Sellers

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

  • Gravity Hills

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

  • Barrel 27

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Adelaida Zinfandel Michael's Estate Vineyard 2011

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    After a long weekend tasting Dry Creek Valley zins, came home and decided to try a Paso zin. This is a really nice wine from Adelaida with a bunch of black fruit and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose. There's blueberry pie, vanilla, blackberry, very nice acidity and some nice green plum on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Steve Rasmussen Zinfandel Petite Sirah Estrella 2013

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    A Naked Wines offering. Opens with ripe red apple and cherry, then some smokey blueberry and spice, then black cherry. Fruit forward with very soft tannins and acidity. Long finish of blackberry, currant, and just a bit of spice and herb. I enjoyed how the Sirah cut some of the fruit and replaced it with notes of spice, heat, and smoke. Would b... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Vitaluce Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass, with a violet hue and great clarity. The nose is somewhat fruity, with some jammy plum and blackberry notes overlaid with some lovely earthy notes of toasted oak, cedar and a touch of mint. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of jammy fruit up front, blackberry and cassis that quickly subsides i... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I was at a neighbor's place for the NCAA basketball finals on Monday night, ... decided on a 2007 Turley Zin Paso Robles (15.9 Listed ABV), and as I went to pull the cork, it chopped in half. Didn't occur to me to be careful here with such a young wine, but then again this wine had been stored passively, and towards his 1st floor ceiling for pr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Drilling a Hole


  • Imagery Estate Winery Lagrein Paso Robles 2011

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    Like the 2010, dark black plum color. Fairly nondescript nosesome red fruit, some oily scent. Easy fruity entry. Fruit flavors of red plum, strawberry. Very subdued tannin. Light acid as from peach, without any sugar. Very short finish. Not a complex wine. Easy to drink, but not particularly memorable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • OK, I'm pretty sure this one qualifies for inclusion in this conversation. ... ... of course, Paso Robles is just like Alto Adige.Besides Imagery I think Jacuzzi produces a California Lagrein.  I don't know if there are others.I have to say that on tasting this example. it is clear why there is not a lot of interest in Lagrein-based wines--at... Read More

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  • The photos are all from three separate plots of private land that I looked ... ... ... circumstances to, say, Paso Robles. So, why not?There is this event, of course, but the wine seems pretty much entirely from elsewhere. Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • I once, a few years back, almost pulled the trigger on a real estate purchase ... quality being made down in Paso Robles. Why not up in those Big Sur mountains that are cooler and would seem to be at least the equivalent of The True in Sonoma if not even better?Anybody have any answers? &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic From Santa Cruz south through...


  • Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles 2013

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    Beautiful Tablas Creek Vermentino from Paso. Really nice floral, honeysuckle nose. On the palate there's rich, creamy lemon, more honeysuckle, mouth watering acidity, a bit of salinity and a medium long finish. Extremely enjoyable and a real nice change of pace. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Sitting in the kitchen looking at the 5" of snow that fell last night and ... but well balanced syrah from Paso Robles. Not overly jammy or extracted but well rounded with loads of dark cherry and plum. Fairly smooth tannins, fresh, inky purple and a nice medium finish. As we were finishing our meal our friendly wine minded neighbors called an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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