Tobin James

(805) 239-2204 8950 Union Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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It all started with an extra six tons of grapes that a winery could not accept and process. Tobin (Toby) James, a lowly assistant winemaker at the time, asked the owner of the winery if he could have the grapes and make wine out of them for himself. The owner replied, "sure kid, knock yourself out". A year and a half later, gold medals began pouring in for Toby's first Zinfandel, the 1985 "Blue Moon" Zin. After making his wines at another local winery for a few years, and tasting and selling them out of a local wine shop in town, Toby finally took the plunge and built Tobin James Cellars in 1994. Built from the ground up on the site of an old stagecoach stop, it might seem more natural to stroll into the old-fashioned western-style saloon, place your booted foot on the brass rail of the bar and order a shot of whiskey from the bartender. However, in the Tobin James tasting room, award winning wines are poured from behind the grand, antique 1860's Brunswick mahogany bar from Blue Eye, Missouri. Tobin Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Just got myself a couple of bottles of Tobin James Ballistic 2011 Zinfandel. Love the stuff! Read More

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  • I just realized that I incorrectly referred to the Tobin James as "James Berry". The correct reference is "James Gang". For the money it's good stuff.EMARK, my experience with the 2012 Rombauer chard a few weeks ago was similarly off-putting. It tasted like sawdust and was surprisingly hot - once again - on the finish. There was hardly any fruit... Read More

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  • I also enjoy Ridge zin blends. I have enjoyed Paraduxx "Postmark" ... ... and good balance.The Tobin James "James Berry" I had not long ago was outstanding quality for the money.I tried a Rombauer zin that was awful. It tasted like Welch's grape jelly whirred in a blender with Everclear and a splash of water and bitters. Just terrible. It's i... Read More

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  • Last night my friend and I had some Martinelli Zio Tony "Grace ... the ... the Eurocave), followed by a Tobin James "Ballistic" zin with dinner and then "dessert" in the form of a 2004 Peter Michael Les Pavots.Lately I've been forcing myself to try more pinots and also exploring more zinfandels. We've had some older zins that showed tons of fr... Read More

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  • So my wife loves zins but we really like a velvety mouth feel with some good fruit.  Right now our favorite is The Zin by Cosentino.  If anyone has recommendations my wife is starting to sware off all other booze except this zin so help me out.  We are open to other reds as well. Read More

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  • Tobin James Zinfandel Paso Robles James Gang Reserve 2007

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    Such a wonderful jammy Zin! Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


  • Tobin James Petite Sirah Paso Robles Bodacious 2008

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    This is a masterpiece Sirah. Tobin may be know more for their Zins this is special. At 15.6% Alc it is smooth and goes fabulous with autumn meals with hearty vegetables. Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


  • Tobin James Zinfandel Paso Robles Blue Moon Reserve 1991

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    Such a quality Zin. Like it's name I choose to enjoy on the Blue Moon occurrences! Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


  • Tobin James Zinfandel Paso Robles French Camp 2006

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    Another fine Zin from Tobin! Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


  • Tobin James Zinfandel Paso Robles Silver Reserve 2009

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    Tobin is a master with Zins. This is quality and so worth the purchase. Even better become a member to get first dibs on this wonderful Zin! Read More

    Wine review by proverbs15v15


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