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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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

  • Jacob Toft

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


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

  • Edward Sellers

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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Barrel 27

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

  • Carmody McKnight Estate Wines

    Carmody McKnight, from its beginning, embraced a personal vision and pursuit of the land and its ...

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  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Pesenti Vineyard 2014


    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

  • Could have been a triumph but that was then. Now I gotta find stuff to do until ... great, but Santa Barbara and Paso Robles are a few hours away. Then there's nor-Cal and WA which I'd be OK with.Or Snake River in Idaho. They make wine there to Read More

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  • “L'Étranger" Zuf!  No "s".You were forced ... it as particularly good for Paso Robles.Good fin Read More

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  • I have had a handful of Tannat over the years.  Since you mentioned Paso Robles, somewhat recently, the last time I was there, I dropped by Lone Madrone.  Good solid wines, but, probably, not aspriational.  The most memorable wine I tasted there was a Tannat varietal bottling.  Easily, the least tannic Tannat wine I've ever tasted.I do plan on c... Read More

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  • Lately I've been interested in learning more about CA regions other than ... ... overtones. Damn!And from Paso Robles, Bodega de Edgar. He was the wine maker for Hug wines and when Hug retired, took over that wine and also makes his own under a different label. Perfect ringers for the wines of Priorat - high acidity combined with full ripeness... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles 2015


    Translucent ruby in color. Dark fruit with a tad of mint on the nose. It gives a dark cherry fruit in the mouth with a little tartness and a earthy bitterness on the finish. Does it have garrique? No but there is that earthiness on the finish that hints at herbs. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Those Paso Robles wines are pretty darned close to southern Rhone, aren't they?  The same for some of the other producers you mention.  The style of Hahn (which is high quality, moderate, even low prices) meshes well with the concept of CdR, altough their wines tend toward the Northern Rhone, in my opinion, given the emphasis on Syrah.  I will s... Read More

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  • Perhaps due to embarassment.  My most recent taste was a Beaujolais ... ... concerning the Tempranillo Paso Robles Bodega de Edgar.  Read More

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  • Last week I was at a tasting and among other things, they had 20 Albarinos ... ... Tempranillo from a winery in Paso Robles called Bodega de Edgar, a place that deserves a real shout ou Read More

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  • Interesting choice.  This grape variety is a common ingredient in Cotes du ... du ... version such as this Paso Robles example (though the provenance is not surprising - many Rhone-like wines seem to thrive in the "pass of the oaks".Nice.  What is the lucre one antes up for on Read More

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  • 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 (

    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?

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