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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Martin & Weyrich Winery

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

  • Vinfuzion

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

  • Robert Hall Winery

    Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lie...

  • Edward Sellers

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

  • Castoro Cellars

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

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

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Paso Robles on Snooth

  • Both look interesting, VV.  How was the 14 year old Napa, in ... you find ... you find it?  The Paso Robles is undoubtedly very Rhone-Ranger (or Provencal) and would likely appeal to me even without sampling.Cheer Read More

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  • Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2014

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    Terrific wine. Dark fruit on opening--berry, stone fruit. Some herbalness--sage. Some may be intimidated by the 15% ABV, but I do not find it to be hot, although there is a "sweetness" that can probably be attributed to alcohol. A big, full-bodied wine with good structure. Lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Z, I saw your postings on Big Al's site and most all of those Barberas ... ... ... is just east of Asti.Re: Paso Robles, we've been out there on wine trips maybe half a dozen times and enjoyed most all of it.  Tablas Creek and Adelaida Vineyards are almost across the street from each other and I really enjoy the wine from both.  Agree with you... Read More

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  • VV, you seem quite partial to certain Paso Robles producers.  I think the region - quite high in elevation and somewhat off the beaten track until late - is producing very nice Cabs and Provencal-style wines (for example, Rhone blends and Syrah varietals).  However, today I tried a very good Barbera d'Alba (you missed the virtual tasting, and wa... Read More

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  • Epoch Serenity 2015

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    96% Grenache/4% Syrah. Lively red fruit on introduction. Mid-palate savoriness. Good acid explains the brightness of the fruit, Medium bodied, Easy to drink without solid accompaniment, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rob posted a brief piece on the two decanted nebs over at ... & Glen Rose Vineyards, Paso Robles - 8 barrels, 180 casesJust a crazy result.The Sottimano in the next glass got some high praise for its color by one taster, and the wife of the host preferred it, though it was fairly closed aromatically, and a bit tighter on the palate. Darker in c... Read More

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  • Epoch Estate Wines Zinfandel Paderewski Vineyard 2014

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    Very dark ruby color. Rustic, somewhat barnyard nose; Blackberry on entry--somewhat jammy but not over the top. Then I get a chocolate thing. Slightly tannic, but nothing out of the ordinary.Very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • L'Aventure Paso Robles Optimus Estate 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Epoch Estate Wines White 2018

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    47% Grenache Blanc, 42% Viognier, 11% Roussanne -- Beautiful, straw color in the glass. Viognier is immediately recognizable on the nose--honeysuckle, apricot. Again, Viognier fruitiness is apparent on the tongue--peach, table grapes, and the almost-gewurztraminer spiciness. However, this wine is loaded with acid--from the other grapes, I wou... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Pesenti Vineyard 2014

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    Lots if dried fruit at the front of this one--think prunes and raisins. With that description you should think that this is a big, rich wine. It is. It also seems hot. It doesn't suck, but all in all, it just seems to be an unintegrated wine with no subtly. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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