I am Russell P. From, proprietor, winemaker and waste water specialist at Herman Story Wines.

Herman Story Wines are made, schlepped, peddled, and drunk with friends by me. The basic web design books tell me that you’re probably here for the basics: to find release schedules, ordering information and tasting opportunities for the wines I make, which sounds pretty good to me. The less time I spend writing this stuff the more time I spend in the cellar. So here you go, all the facts with none of the filler. An aesthetic I stand by and believe my wines do too.

I release my wines twice a year, in Spring and Fall. The wines listed below were set loose in Spring 2015. If you want to get in on the action and try some of my stuff, you can scroll down and join the WAIT LIST FOR MY WINE CLUB, or come visit me at my Tasting Room in Downtown Paso Robles at

1227 Paso Robles Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446.

It’s open Thursday – Monday from 11AM – 4PM and I would love to see your shining face there.

Earnestly yours,

Russell P. From



  • Varietals: 67% Viognier, 33% Roussanne
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyards: Larner, Murmur, Bien Nacido, Stolpman
  • Aging: 100% New French
    Oak for 9 months
  • 270 cases made
    This is the world that was promised in 1940s postcards from Florida. A world before the shoreline became covered in condos: a land of ocean sunshine complete with sandy haired beauties and fruit laden trees: lemon bars, kumquat marmalade, apple tartine, cardamom, church pew, pfefferneusse, Chanel no.5 with a dash of TWA first class warmed towel to ease you back to the blustery northern winter.
    (DRINK NOW: 30 minutes out of the fridge with the cork pulled. CELLAR: 4-6 years.)


  • Varietals: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Alamo Creek, Bien Nacido, Chelle Mountain, Rolph, Shadow Canyon, Murmur, Spanish Springs, Santa Barbara Highlands, Stolpman, Terra Bella
  • Aging: 65% New French
    Oak for 18 months
  • 1210 cases made
    As disorientating as falling through a weakened wall and landing in a Gatsby-esque Prohibition speakeasy at the Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt of New Orleans: braised strawberry compote, private-eye cigars, muddled sassafras branch, cherry candle wax, rose hips, blueberry beignets, foie gras and ginger snaps. All swaddled in the comfort of low light and true crushed velvet seats.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 7 years)


  • Varietals: 100% Syrah
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Jespersen, Spanish Springs, Shadow Canyon, Terra Bella, Bien Nacido, Stolpman, John Sebastiano, Murmur, Les Galets, Larner
  • Aging: 70% New French
    Oak for 18 months
  • 1293 cases made
    Like a midnight sleigh ride through the alps in 1960s St. Moritz with only the finest company: rich, transformative and softly dangerous. broiled huckleberry, cinnamon chocolate ice cream, the apple from a roast pig, turkish coffee, elderflower liqueur, violet tea, mincemeat pie, chocolate dusted lamb shank and brandied cherry crepes. All indulged with the secret that no one knows you’re just a friend of the coachman.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 10+ years)


  • Varietals: 35% Tempranillo, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25%Syrah, 6% Mourvedre, 2% Grenache
  • Appellation: Paso Robles
  • Vineyards: Chelle Mountain, Luna Matta, Shadow Canyon, Terra Bella, Weeks, Chopin
  • Aging: 70% New French
    Oak for 18 months
  • 421 cases made
    This is the best summer backyard BBQ wedding that has ever happened between two decorated families: cherry ice cream, blueberry and paseo pepper jelly, Maduro cigars, barrel aged Manhattans, blood orange demi glace, red oak coal grilled steak, sun tea, gnawed cinnamon stick, red velvet cake, Italian espresso, Hershey’s Chocolate milk, Turkish delight elixir with the soft sense of promise.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 7-10 years)


  • Varietals: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyards: 100% Bien Nacido
  • Aging: 100% New French Oak for 18 months, bottle aged for an additional 6 months
  • 391 cases made
    Honestly, this reminds me the cliff notes to a High School American History course, there’s a bit of revolution, a dash of luxury and a ton of prosperity in there: charred mulberry, deep-steeped Earl Grey tea, violet liqueur, heirloom tool shed, cherry pipe tobacco, huckleberry milkshake, Mole’, cannon ball, Spanish moss and sweet fire-roasted New Mexican chilies.
    (DRINK NOW: 2 hour decant, CELLAR: Till you cry Uncle.)


  • Varietals: 100% Rose of Grenache
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Jespersen, Bien Nacido, Spanish Springs, Slide Hill
  • Fermented & Aged: Neutral French Oak barrels
  • 198 cases made
    NOT SWEET! Just like the joy of kicking a skateboard in the evening summer air with all the instant gratification of winning the cash prize in the claw game: strawberry daiquiri, bruised mint leaves, pink peppercorns, maraschino cherry, chalkboard eraser, raspberry sorbet with an almost debaucherous sense of being ready for anything.
    (DRINK NOW!)


  • Varietals: 41% Syrah, 37% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre, 4% Tannat
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Luna Matta, Murmur, Presqu’ile, Santa Barbara Highlands, Shadow Canyon, Stolpman, Terra Bella, White Cliffs, White Hawk
  • Aging: 55% New and 45% Neutral French
    Oak for 22 months
  • 1063 cases made
    This is a black-tie Argentine Asado prepared by a true Gaucho: rustic yet refined, affable with truly unbelievable portions. Bacon wrapped dates, blueberry demi-glace, charred lamb, mate, Fernet and Coke, crispy duck confit, milk chocolate, Turkish coffee and mint jelly with fresh baked mollasis cookies and brambleberry ice cream for dessert.
    DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 5-8 years


Unfortunately, I only have enough wine to accommodate sales to my current Wine Club Members and the savvy folks who swing by my tasting room… In the mean time, consider joining my Wine Club Wait List, or come visit me at the tasting room conveniently located next to Dan’s Tire in Downtown Paso Robles at 1227 Paso Robles Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446. The tasting room is open Thursday – Monday from 11AM – 4PM. You can also call me at 805.237.2400 to check further availability.


Not feeling up to a case a year, but still want to keep in touch? Take it to the friend zone by joining the mailing list. Receive periodic updates on releases, recipes for fried chicken and stories from the field. It’s one of the smartest decisions you’ll ever make.


My winery and tasting room is located at:
1227 Paso Robles St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Open from 11-4 Thursday-Monday, or by appointment

Phone: (805) 237-2400
Fax: (805) 237-2224
Email: thirsty@hermanstorywines.com
Mailing: P.O. Box 15928, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

If you’re passing through at another time, give me a call at the tasting room and I’ll do my best to free up some time to taste with you.


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