Varietals

Find out what varietals are produced by Paso Robles Wineries, as well as learn a little about each varietal or blend style. Use this list along with your Wine Tasting Map to help plan your next visit to Paso Robles Wine Country.


 White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Albariño

An aromatic variety that is high in acidity, Albarino can be produced as a light white wine with aromas of white peach, apricot, citrus and jasmine with a dry, lively, fruit and mineral finish.

Pairing Suggestions: Fish, Seafood & Sushi. Also pairs well with spicy Thai, Chinese or Mexican dishes.

You can find Albariño at the following wineries:
Bodega de Edgar
Brecon Estate
Clavo Cellars
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Arneis

A white wine grape variety from Italy’s much-respected Piedmont wine region. It produces floral-scented white wines with delicate aromas of pear and apricot rounded out with a creamy hint of hazelnut.

Pairing Suggestions: Antipasti, simply prepared fish and asparagus.


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Barbera

Barbera is a dark-skinned wine grape variety found in many Italian wine regions. When young, these wines have a bright-red cherry character, when matured and aged, this turns to a denser, sour-cherry note.

Pairing Suggestions: Italian dishes made with beef or chicken, macaroni & cheese, burgers & Pizza.

You can find Barbera at the following wineries:
Eberle Winery
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Bordeaux-Style Blend

A red wine blend composed of varietals of the Bordeaux region of France. Dark fruits and berries such as plum and blackcurrant are commonly used to describe the flavors of red Bordeaux. Tannins tend to be relatively high in these wines, giving them a firm structure.

Pairing Suggestions: Steak, Leg of Lamb, Beef Stroganoff, with Porcini mushrooms, duck.

You can find Bordeaux-Style Blends at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines

Harmony Cellars
Hoyt Family Vineyards

Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard
JUSTIN Winery
Kiamie Wine Cellars

Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon
Rangeland Wines

Rotta Winery
Sculpterra
Sextant Wines
Tooth and Nail Winery


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Cabernet Franc

A black-skinned French wine grape variety with a light to medium body, often showing vegetal characteristics, in particular green bell peppers.

Pairing Suggestions: Perfect with lamb, pork and chicken courses.

You can find Cabernet Franc at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery

Peachy Canyon
Rangeland Wines
Rotta Winery
Sculpterra


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Cabernet Pfeffer

This rare grape has a somewhat mysterious origin as a late 19th-century crossing of Cabernet Sauvignon and unknown Vitis vinifera vine. Pfeffer (the German word for pepper) adds floral notes and red fruit, plus lots of pepper spice. Cabernet Pfeffer is compared to a big Cabernet but without the tannins found in cabernet sauvignon.

Pairing Suggestions: The spiciness and earthiness of this varietal pairs well with red meat, most notably lamb.

You can find Cabernet Pfeffer at the following wineries:
• Dubost Ranch


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most famous red wines, it displays deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices and cedar wood.

Pairing Suggestions: Beef dishes, steak, big game and rich cheese courses.

You can find Cabernet Sauvignon at the following wineries
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines
Brecon Estate
Cass Winery

• Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery

Ecluse Wines

Harmony Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard
JUSTIN
Kiamie Wine Cellars (blend)
Lone Madrone
Lusso Della Terra Cellars

Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon

Rangeland Wines
Rendarrio Vineyards
San Marcos Creek Vineyard

Sculpterra
Tooth and Nail Winery


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Carménère

Carménère is a dark-skinned grape variety originally from the vineyards of Bordeaux. A late-ripening variety, Carménère needs high levels of sunshine and a warm summer to reach its full potential. In the right environment it can produce fine, deeply colored red wines, with the attractive meaty plumpness of Merlot and the gently herbaceous, cedary notes of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pairing Suggestions: Beef dishes, especially lamb, good match for fish and dishes flavored with herbs, as well as Empanadas, and dark leafy greens.

You can find Carménère at the following wineries:
Dubost Ranch


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Chardonnay

The world’s most famous and widely planted white-wine grape. Flavors vary greatly and often include notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of sweet spices such as clove and cinnamon. Extended lees contact while in barrel imparts biscuity, doughy flavors. Because of its high level of winemaker involvement, Chardonnay is known as the “winemaker’s wine”.

Pairing Suggestions: Fish, seafood courses, chicken and egg dishes.

You can find Chardonnay at the following wineries:
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines
Cutruzzola Vineyards
Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery
Écluse Wines
Harmony Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Lusso Della Terra Cellars
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon
Rendarrio Vineyards
Rotta Winery
Sculpterra
• San Marcos Creek Vineyard

Sextant Wines
Tooth and Nail Winery
Tudor Wines


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Chenin Blanc

A versatile white-wine grape variety that has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years. Its high acidity means it can be vinified in a number of different styles, such as a sweet, botrytis-affected dessert wine, a light, honeyed sparkling wine and a full-bodied, still white wine.

Pairing Suggestions: Chicken, fish, soft cheeses, Indian and Asian cuisine.

You can find Chenin Blanc at the following wineries:
Lone Madrone


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Counoise

Low-yielding and late-ripening, it offers more in terms of quality than quantity. Often described as a peppery and spicy grape variety, it also adds much in the way of plum, strawberry and raspberry flavors.

Pairing Suggestions: Roasted chicken, hearty fish, non-spicy grilled meats.

You can find Counoise at the following wineries:
Michael Gill Cellars
Opolo Vineyards


Rose-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Dessert Sherry

A fortified wine produced using varying amounts of three grapes and is purposefully oxidized so that it develops nutty aromatics.

Pairing Suggestions: Varies depending on the style of Sherry…Fino goes well with olive tapenade or creamy soups, Oloroso pairs with red meat and big game. Manzanilla and Amontillado go well with seafood or chicken and Moscatel is thick and syrupy and goes great with vanilla ice cream.

You can find Dessert Sherry at the following wineries:
Rotta Winery


Rose-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Dessert Wine

In order to make these wines sweet, the fermentation is stopped before the yeast turns all the natural grape sugar into alcohol. There are several ways to stop the fermentation, including super-cooling or adding brandy to wine. In addition to sweetness, these wines tend to have a higher alcohol content.

Pairing Suggestions: There are a wide variety of dessert wines, but the general rule of thumb is that the wine should be at least as sweet as the dessert, with enough acidity for balance. They typically go well with cheesecake with berries, fruit tarts, apple pie, and carrot cake; late-harvest Zinfandel goes great with chocolate.

You can find Dessert wines at the following wineries:
Bodegas Paso Robles
Cass Winery
Eberle Winery
Harmony Cellars
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon
Sculpterra


Rose-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Gewürztraminer

While Gewürztraminer wine has many similarities to Moscato it also has higher alcohol, lower acidity and more striking aromatics including Ruby Red grapefruit, rose petal, ginger and a smoky aroma similar to burnt incense.

Pairing Suggestions: Duck, Chicken, Pork, Shrimp and Crab, as well as highly spiced and aromatic herbs and veggies with natural sweetness.

You can find Gewürztraminer at the following wineries:
Tudor Wines


Rose-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Grappa

Grappa is one of Italy’s most popular alcoholic drinks. Its main ingredient is pomace, which consists of the grape skins, seeds and stalks leftover from the winemaking process. Through a second distillation process, the flavors from the pomace are extracted and either bottled at once to create White Grappa, or aged in wooden casks to create brown-hued, Riserva.

Pairing Suggestions: Drunk either as a shot or added to espresso, Grappa is a wonderful way to end a meal.

You can find Grappa at the following wineries:
• Tudor Wines


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Grenache

Grenache exhibits rich, spicy, berry flavors, particularly raspberry. Since it is often grown in hot environments, the alcohol content of Grenache-based wines can be very high, often surpassing 15 percent ABV.

Pairing Suggestions: Duck, beef, lamb, rabbit and game birds.

You can find Grenache at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Cass Winery
Dubost Ranch
Ecluse Wines
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery

Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard

Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Rendarrio Vineyards (Grenache/Syrah Blend)
Rotta Winery
Sculpterra
Seven Oxen Estate Wines
Tooth and Nail Winery


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Grenache Blanc

Typically displaying green-apple and stone fruit aromas, though it is very sensitive to its environment and this has a profound effect on the final wine. The cooler reaches of the Paso Robles wine region allow the variety to develop crisper acidity and more mineral characteristics.

Pairing Suggestions: Pork chops with braised apples, briny cheese like feta and citrusy salads.

You can find Grenache Blanc at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Clavo Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Jada Vineyard
Lone Madrone
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon


Rose-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries GSM Rosé

Grenache, contributes spice, red fruit and alcohol to the blend, Syrah adds its structure and dark fruit, while Mourvedre gives tannins, color and length to the wine.

Pairing Suggestions: Salmon, Chicken dishes, or bread with cheese and olives.

You can find GSM Rosé at the following wineries:
Jada Vineyard
Oso Libre


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Lagrein

Its wines are strong and full bodied with plum and wild cherry flavors, and this variety is particularly well known for the deep, dense color it imparts on wines.

Pairing Suggestions: Cured pork, hearty stews, traditionally served during winter months.

You can find Lagrein at the following wineries:
Pelletiere Estate


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Late Harvest

This term applies to wines made from grapes left on the vine longer than usual. Late harvest is usually an indication of a sweet dessert wine. Late harvest grapes are often more similar to raisins, but have been naturally dehydrated while on the vine, leaving a more concentrated sugar content.

Pairing Suggestions: Late harvest wines are known for pairing better than most with chocolate.

You can find Late Harvest Wines at the following wineries:
Cass Winery (Roussanne)

Chronic Cellars
Harmony Cellars
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Late Harvest Cabernet

This is a Cab in which the grapes were left on the vine longer than usual. See “Late Harvest” above.

Pairing Suggestions: Chocolate and chocolate desserts.

You can find Late Harvest Cabernet at the following wineries:
Oso Libre


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Late Harvest Viognier

This is a Viognier in which the grapes were left on the vine longer than usual. See “Late Harvest” above.

Pairing Suggestions: Fresh or dried fruit, fruity dessert dishes.

You can find Late Harvest Viognier at the following wineries:
Lone Madrone


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Late Harvest Zinfandel

This is a Zinfandel in which the grapes were left on the vine longer than usual. See “Late Harvest” above.

Pairing Suggestions: Chocolate and chocolate desserts.

You can find Late Harvest Zinfandel at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Clavo Cellars
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Malbec

A black-skinned grape variety native to south-western FranceIt is frequently blended with the softer, less tannic Merlot, to produce bright, fruit-driven wines against a backbone of oak. Plums and violets are common flavor descriptors.

Pairing Suggestions: Steak, red game meat and beef stew.

You can find Malbec at the following wineries:
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines
Brecon Estate
Clavo Cellars
Dubost Ranch
Harmony Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
JUSTIN
Opolo Vineyards
Peachy Canyon

Tooth and Nail Winery


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Marsanne

A white wine grape, Marsanne wines generally have good weight and structure, but often lack any depth of perfume and flavor. As a result, it is often blended with its more aromatic cousin Roussanne. By itself, examples of a slightly earthy minerality, lifted by notes of honeysuckle and melon.

Pairing Suggestions: Seafood, shellfish, chicken, veal and spicy Asian cuisine.

You can find Marsanne at the following wineries:
Cass Winery


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Merlot

A red wine variety which is popular and planted throughout the world. Smooth, rounded and “easy-drinking” are common descriptions of Merlot wines. The main reason for this is that Merlot grapes are relatively large in relation to their pips and the thickness of the skins, in which tannins are found.

Pairing Suggestions: Lamb, beef, macaroni and most pasta dishes.

You can find Merlot at the following wineries:
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard

Opolo Vineyards
Peachy Canyon

Rangeland Wines
Rendarrio Vineyards (Merlot/Cabernet Blend)
• San Marcos Creek Vineyard

Sculpterra
Tooth and Nail Winery


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Montepulciano

A red wine grape appreciated worldwide for their soft flavors, strong color and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food.

Pairing Suggestions: Grilled eggplant, lasagna, veal and pizza with sausage.

You can find Montepulciano at the following wineries:
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Pelletiere Estate


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Mourvèdre

Mourvedre’s meaty, herby aromas are very distinctive, as are its strong tannins. Mourvedre likes warm, dry climates and has small, thick-skinned berries.

Pairing Suggestions: The strong tannins of this wine beg for rich meats like short ribs, pork shoulder, lamb & veal.

You can find Mourvèdre at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate

Cass Winery
Hearst Ranch Winery

Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard

Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre

Rangeland Wines
Sculpterra
• Seven Oxen Estate Wines


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Muscat Canelli

It may be produced as dry, medium, sweet, sparkling or even dessert wine. Because of its strong grape flavors, various Muscats are widely grown as table grapes around the world.

Pairing Suggestions: Fruits, desserts and foie gras go well with this wine.

You can find Muscat Canelli at the following wineries:
Eberle Winery
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Opolo Vineyards


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Nebbiolo

A red wine grape, Nebbiolo wines are distinguished by their strong tannins, high acidity and distinctive scent – often described as “tar and roses”.

Pairing Suggestions: Veal, white truffles, rich pastas, stews and slow braised meats.

You can find Nebbiolo at the following wineries:
Lone Madrone
Pelletiere Estate
• San Marcos Creek Vineyard


 

White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Négrette

Négrette is a black-skinned wine grape that is often used in the production of both reds and rosés. It is a descendant of Mavro, an ancient variety from Cyprus. Négrette wines are deeply pigmented and relatively low in tannins and acidity with a soft, silky and perfumed aroma.

Pairing Suggestions: Pairs well with dishes that are aromatic and meaty, especially grilled foods, BBQ beef and stir-fried pork.

You can find Négrette at the following wineries:
Dubost Ranch


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot has small, thick-skinned berries are valued for their depth of color; which tend to lend wines a dense, inky, violet-black appearance. They also have high levels of tannins because of the high ratio of skin and seeds to juice.

Pairing Suggestions: Foods with weight, protein and fat like red meats and aged cheese, as the high tannin levels would overwhelm subtler food choices.

You can find Petit Verdot at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Jada Vineyard
Lusso Della Terra Cellars

Opolo Vineyards
Peachy Canyon

Rangeland Wines


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Petite Sirah

The high tannins and acidity in Petite Sirah make it an excellent candidate for aging. Flavor notes often associated with the wine are blackberry, chocolate and black pepper. Many other characteristics of Syrah can also be noted, like blueberry, licorice and various herbal elements.

Pairing Suggestions: Steak, kebabs, pasta dishes and other hearty cuisine.

You can find Petite Sirah at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate

Clavo Cellars
Dubost Ranch
Ecluse Wines

Harmony Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre

Peachy Canyon
Rangeland Wines
Rotta Winery
• San Marcos Creek Vineyard
Sculpterra
Sextant Wines
Tooth and Nail Winery


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Picpoul Blanc

Yielding taut, full-bodied white wines with herbal and citrus aromas. The name Pique-poul translates literally to “stings the lip”; a reference to the grape’s high acidity.

Pairing Suggestions: Strong seafood like swordfish, salmon, scallops, clams, oysters and rich, creamy or buttery sauces.

You can find Picpoul Blanc at the following wineries:
• Four Lanterns
Lone Madrone


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Pinot Grigio

The most common descriptions of the style are “light”, “crisp” and “dry”. These characteristics are complemented by aroma notes citing lemon, green apple and blossoms. Pinot Grigio wines are almost always intended for consumption within a year or two of harvest.

Pairing Suggestions: Grilled or baked fish and chicken dishes.

You can find Pino Grigio at the following wineries:
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Opolo Vineyards


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Pinot Gris

Flavors and aromas vary greatly, but commonly feature notes of pears, apples, stone fruit, sweet spices and even a hint of smoke or wet wool.

Pairing Suggestions: Asian and Indian cuisine.

You can find Pinot Gris at the following wineries:
Harmony Cellars
Opolo Vineyards
Rotta Winery
Tooth and Nail Winery


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is known for aroma of strawberry and cherry, underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of undergrowth. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of violets and leather, often approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

Pairing Suggestions: Roasted chicken, salmon, quail, pheasant, pork and other grilled meats.

You can find Pinot Noir at the following wineries:
Clavo Cellars
Cutruzzola Vineyards
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Hug Cellars
Lusso Della Terra Cellars
Opolo Vineyards
Sculpterra
Sextant Wines
Tooth and Nail Winery
Tudor Wines


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Port Style

A fortified wine, typically sweet and red dessert wine, but also comes in dry, semi-dry and white varieties. True Port is produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal.

Pairing Suggestions: Stilton cheese is a natural pairing. You can also cook with port in duck, chicken or beef dishes.

You can find Port-style wines at the following wineries:
Cass Winery
Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines

Harmony Cellars
Opolo Vineyards

Peachy Canyon
Rotta Winery
Sculpterra


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Primitivo

A dark-skinned grape known for producing inky, tannic wines. Primitivo translates to “early one” which refers to it’s early ripening nature.

Pairing Suggestions: Seafood Jambalaya, Moroccan style lamb, anchovy pizza.

You can find Primitivo at the following wineries:
• Oso Libre
Sculpterra


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Red Blend

Blends typically consist of at least 40-50 percent of one type of grape and a smaller mix of two or more other grapes. There are some grapes that are more commonly used for blends, while others are rarely used…but this ultimately lies in the discretion of the winemaker.

Pairing Suggestions: Depending on the blend, anything from grilled steak to mushroom risotto, shepard’s pie and hamburgers. A good rule of thumb is to check which varietal makes up the majority of the wine and pair with that.

You can find Red Blends at the following wineries:
Bodega de Edgar

Brecon Estate
Chronic Cellars
Clavo Cellars
Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines

Harmony Cellars
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard
JUSTIN
Kiamie Wine Cellars
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon
Rangeland Wines
Rendarrio Vineyards

Rotta Winery
• San Marcos Creek Vineyard

Sculpterra
Sextant Wines
Soaring Hawk


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Red Meritage Blend

Red Meritage wine must be a blend of two or more of the five traditional Bordeaux reds (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec).

Pairing Suggestions: Steak, Leg of Lamb, Beef Stroganoff, with Porcini mushrooms, duck.

You can find Red Meritage Blends at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Eberle Winery
Harmony Cellars

Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Peachy Canyon
Sculpterra
Tooth and Nail Winery


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Red Rhône-Style Blend

A Red Blend of grapes from the Rhône Region, such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

Pairing Suggestions: Gamey meats seasoned with herbs, lamb, duck, Mexican food, root vegetables and stews.

You can find Red Rhône Blends at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Cass Winery
Chronic Cellars

Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines
• Four Lanterns
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Jada Vineyard
Kiamie Wine Cellars

Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon
Rangeland Wines
Rendarrio Vineyards

Sculpterra
Sextant Wines


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Red Tuscan-Style Blend

A Red Blend of grapes from the Chianti Region like Sangiovese, but sometimes include others such as Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pairing Suggestions: Grilled meats, roasts, kale and porcini mushrooms.

You can find Red Tuscan-Style Blends at the following wineries:
Pelletiere Estate

Sculpterra


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Riesling

A light-skinned, aromatic grape originally from Germany. Often described as fruit-forward apricot floral aromas, with rich full-bodied citrus flavors and a fresh off dry to sweet finish. Ripe pear, apricot, and floral notes continue through the palate of the wine.

Pairing Suggestions: Pâté, fish, ham, and foie gras, Indian and Asian cuisine.

You can find Riesling at the following wineries:
Cutruzzola Vineyards
Harmony Cellars
• Tudor Wines


Rose-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Rosé

Rosé wines incorporate some of the color from the grape skins, but not enough to qualify as a red wine. It is produced with the skin contact method where skins are removed after a short time, so less color is imparted. Rosé wines can be still or sparkling.

Pairing Suggestions: Tapas, fresh salads, paella and rice dishes, spicy foods and cold meats and cheeses.

You can find Rosé at the following wineries:
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines

Cass Winery
Clavo Cellars
Chronic Cellars

Dubost Ranch
• Four Lanterns
Harmony Cellars
Jada Vineyard
JUSTIN

Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon
Pelletiere Estate
Rangeland Wines

Rotta Winery
Sculpterra
Sextant Wines


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Roussanne

A white wine grape named for its reddish-gold pigment when ripe. Characterized by herbal, tea-like, aromas, showing pears and honey with notable intensity. The acidity can be high if picked under-ripe, but if left on the vine longer alcohol levels can reach past 14 percent.

Pairing Suggestions: Bold cuisines like Thai, Indian and North African, also rich shellfish and root vegetables.

You can find Roussanne at the following wineries:
Cass Winery
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Jada Vineyard
Lone Madrone
Opolo Vineyards
Rotta Winery
Soaring Hawk


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Sangiovese

The most widely planted grape in Italy, prized for its high acidity, firm tannins and balanced nature. Flavors such as dark cherries and black stone fruit are characteristic, with secondary notes of tomato leaf and dried herbs. The use of oak coaxes richer flavors from the grapes, tending toward plum and wild raspberry.

Pairing Suggestions: Veal, beef, poultry and parmesan cheese.

You can find Sangiovese at the following wineries:
Eberle Winery

Harmony Cellars
Lusso Della Terra Cellars

Opolo Vineyards
Peachy Canyon
Pelletiere Estate


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Sauvignon Blanc

A white wine grape known for its straightforwardness – the flavors are rarely hidden away in the background. There is also a close correlation between the perceived flavors and their descriptors, making Sauvignon Blanc an ideal wine with which to begin wine-tasting lessons.

Pairing Suggestions: Turkey, chicken and veal are excellent with this wine.

You can find Sauvignon Blanc at the following wineries:
JUSTIN
Riverstar Vineyards & Winery
Sculpterra


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Sparkling Wine

Sparkling wine is a wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide in it, making it fizzy. This is done either through the result of natural fermentation using a specialized tank, or through carbon dioxide injection. The classic example of a sparkling wine is Champagne, but this wine is exclusively produced in the Champagne region of France.

Pairing Suggestions: Depending on the wine at hand, they can pair well with caviar, smoked salmon, cheeses, sausages, deep-fried foods, salty dishes and tangy, fruity dishes.

You can find Sparkling Wines at the following wineries:
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines
Cass Winery
Chronic Cellars

Clavo Cellars
Hoyt Family Vineyards
Lusso Della Terra Cellars

Opolo Vineyards


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Syrah

A dark-skinned red wine grape which can display a myriad of dark fruit flavors. Syrah can be quite floral early on, developing more peppery and herbal notes as it ages. Some notes of tanned leather and smoky scents, but more commonly these wines tends towards the very dark flavors of blackcurrant and licorice.

Pairing Suggestions: Game meats, beef, pork, turkey and cheeses.

You can find Syrah at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Cass Winery
Clavo Cellars
Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines

• Four Lanterns
Harmony Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard
JUSTIN
Lone Madrone
Michael Gill Cellars
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Pelletiere Estate
Rangeland Wines
Rendarrio Vineyards

Rotta Winery
• San Marcos Creek Vineyard

Sculpterra
Sextant Wines
Tooth and Nail Winery


Rose-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Syrah Rosé

Resulting from an unlikely combination of Syrah and Viognier. Though used at only about 15%, the Viognier adds notes of apricot and ripe peach to the spicy, plummy, full-bodied Syrah.

Pairing Suggestions: Grilled fare, spicy foods and ripe peaches.

You can find Syrah Rosé at the following wineries:
Eberle Winery
Sextant Wines
Soaring Hawk


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Tannat

Deep, dark, dry and rustic are words to describe Tannat, originating in the Basque region between France and Spain. With its high natural acidity and aggressive tannins, Tannat is similar to Merlot and Syrah.

Pairing Suggestions: Duck Confit, lamb, beef and strong cheeses.

You can find Tannat at the following wineries:
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines
Brecon Estate
Jada Vineyard
Lone Madrone
• Seven Oxen Estate Wines


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Tempranillo

A thick-skinned variety with a high anthocyanin count that makes for deep-colored wines with moderate tannins. Tempranillo features tasting notes ranging from strawberries, blackcurrants and cherries, to prunes, chocolate and tobacco.

Pairing Suggestions: Lasagna and dishes with tomato-based sauces, Mexican cuisine, corn-based dishes and wild game.

You can find Tempranillo at the following wineries:
Bodega de Edgar
Brecon Estate
Dubost Ranch
Harmony Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Hoyt Family Vineyards
JUSTIN

Michael Gill Cellars
Opolo Vineyards
Tooth and Nail Winery


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Verdejo

Spain’s signature white wine grape with crisp acidity and soft, creamy, nutty overtones that is sometimes accompanied by notes of honey.

Pairing Suggestions: Excellent with greens dressed in vinaigrette and other sharp ingredients such as tomatoes and olives. Also partners well with fish and shellfish.

You can find Verdejo at the following wineries:
Sextant Wines


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Vermentino

A white wine grape with refreshing acidity and attractive aromas of peach, lemon peel, dried herbs and a whiff of saline minerality.

Pairing Suggestions: Cioppino, calamari, and simply prepared white fish.

You can find Vermentino at the following wineries:
Clavo Cellars
Michael Gill Cellars


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries Viognier

A white-wine grape variety known for producing textural, aromatic wines with distinct stonefruit flavors. Viognier wines can also be very herbal, with aromas of chamomile, lavender, thyme and sometimes a hint of pine. In aged examples and sweeter styles, this potentially overpowering herbality is softened by notes of honey.

Pairing Suggestions: Cheeses, brunch and egg courses, oysters, fruit and quiche.

You can find Viognier at the following wineries:
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines
Brecon Estate
Cass Winery

Clavo Cellars
Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines

• Four Lanterns
Jada Vineyard
JUSTIN
Lone Madrone
Michael Gill Cellars

Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon
Pelletiere Estate
Sculpterra
Soaring Hawk
Tooth and Nail Winery


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries White Blend

Blends typically consist of at least 40-50 percent of one type of grape and a smaller mix of two or more other grapes. There are some grapes that are more commonly used for blends, while others are rarely used…but this ultimately lies in the discretion of the winemaker.

Pairing Suggestions: Can vary greatly depending on the wine, but typically white blends go well with seafood, chicken dishes, and salads.

You can find White Blends at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Chronic Cellars

Harmony Cellars
Hug Cellars
Jada Vineyard
Kiamie Wine Cellars (Viogner & Roussanne Blend)

Lone Madrone
Rendarrio Vineyards

Rotta Winery
Soaring Hawk


White-Wine-Grape_Paso-Robles-Wineries White Rhône-Style Blend

A White Blend of grapes from the Rhône Region, such as Roussanne and Marsanne.

Pairing Suggestions: Bold and spicy foods like Indian and Thai, also goes well with vegetarian options.

You can find White Rhône-Style Blends at the following wineries:
Brecon Estate
Cass Winery
Chronic Cellars

Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines

Jada Vineyard
Kiamie Wine Cellars

Lone Madrone


Red-Wine_Paso-Robles-Wineries Zinfandel

Zinfandel has been used to make various styles of wine since it arrived in Paso Robles, including dry and sweet red wines and the famous White Zinfandel blush. It offers a variety of flavors including black and red fruit, spice, pepper, tar, licorice and wood.

Pairing Suggestions: Grilled meats like beef, veal, pork and chicken, ragout, cheeses and BBQ cuisine.

You can find Zinfandel at the following wineries:
Allegretto Vineyards & Wines
Brecon Estate
Clavo Cellars
Cutruzzola Vineyards
Dubost Ranch
Eberle Winery
Ecluse Wines

Harmony Cellars
Hearst Ranch Winery
Hearthstone Vineyard & Winery
Hug Cellars

Lone Madrone
Lusso Della Terra Cellars
Opolo Vineyards
Oso Libre
Peachy Canyon

Pelletiere Estate
Rangeland Wines
Rotta Winery
• San Marcos Creek Vineyard
Seven Oxen Estate Wines
Sextant Wines

Soaring Hawk
Tooth and Nail Winery


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