Herman Story Wines

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 Fall 2015. If you want to get in on the action and try some of my stuff, you can scroll down and join the MAILING LIST, 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



  • Varietal: 100% Viognier
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyards: Bien Nacido, Larner, Murmur
  • Aging: 100% New French
    Oak for 12 months
  • 325 cases made
    This is an homage to your friend’s cousin, the one you met at the Labor Day picnic who shared the foreign cigarettes, taught you dirty French phrases, the difference between a salad and dessert fork and whom you recently learned is a fashion editor in New York. Honeysuckle, pit roasted pulled pork, aniesette, smoked apple skin, peach schnapps, pear nectar, vanilla mint panna cotta, bitter lemon, tarragon and summer sun soaked beach.
    (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant, CELLAR: 4-6 years.)


  • Varietal: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Bien Nacido, John Sebastiano, Murmer, Santa Barbara Highlands, Chelle, Slide Hill, Spanish Springs, Stolpman
  • Aging: 60% New French
    Oak for 16 months
  • 1201 cases made
    What’s that tough guy? Why don’t you drop that jerky snuff and blackberry soda and step outside. Oh Yeah? Well how’d you like a face full of chicory coffee and olallieberry pie? You would wouldn’t you, and I’ll bet you’d even want me to add in this kirsch marinated pancake and heirloom rooftop strawberry too. That’s what I thought. Well why don’t you take this roasted rabbit and that creosote barbwire and this black licorice pipe smoke and that chargrilled pork chop and this fistful of violets and a pound of decomposed granite! And there’s plenty more where that came from!
    (DRINK NOW: 45+ minute decant, CELLAR: 6-8 years)


  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Bien Nacido, Denlinger, Jespersen, John Sebastiano, Laetitia, Murmur, Presqu’ile, Shadow Canyon, Slide Hill, Spanish Springs, White Hawk
  • Aging: 85% New French
    Oak for 16 months
  • 1407 cases made
    Coming up over the grade with the whole valley opening out beneath you, decked in green late evening and honest to God rainbows, you’ve got the windows down in the aged blue Mercedes headed to shoot clays at your friend’s vineyard: it’s hard to hate nights like this. Blueberries and shotgun shells, Bailey’s steeped coffee, charred cherries, crushed velvet, smoldering oak, mahogany dashboard, distant kerosene lamps, new lilacs and the thought of someday maybe getting a Chris-Craft.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 7-10 years)


  • Varietals: 30% Tempranillo, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Syrah, 10% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 5% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation: Paso Robles
  • Vineyards: Catapult, Chelle Mountain, Luna Matta, Paderewski, Shadow Canyon, White Cliffs
  • Aging: 85% New French
    Oak for 16 months
  • 521 cases made
    This is what comes of a night cruising Highway 67 in West Texas searching out the Marfa Lights, but only if you’re doing it from the back a 67 Coupe de Ville. Let’s be real, no one is going to see any UFOs, but everyone is going to at least get a glimpse of the good life. Raspberry pie, Palo Santo smudge, baking chocolate, Fesenjoon, creole boudin, carbon copy paper, clove oil toothpicks, fire roasted strawberries and night-capped with a vision quest in a cinnamon soaked tee-pee.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 7-9 years)


  • Varietal: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Bien Nacido, Chelle Mountain, Luna Matta, Slide Hill
  • Aging: 100% Neutral French Oak for 6 months
  • 221 cases made
    Mr. T crushing cosmos with Samantha from Sex in the City.
    (DRINK NOW: Covetously, CELLAR: 20-30 minutes in the fridge.


  • Varietal: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyard: Bien Nacido
  • Aging: 85% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 259 cases made
    It’s after 9pm in April and the tenderloin is just coming off the grill when suddenly someone points mouth agape, overhead. It’s a National Geographic worthy aurora borealis. This calls for celebrationIt’s time to crack into the good stuff. Pre-rain rose garden, blackberry blooms, red Twizzlers, star scorched road, fresh ground coffee, cedar chest, aged ancient kirsch, clove infused cherry cigars, deeply steeped jasmine tea and warmed red earth bricks.
    (DRINK NOW: 45+ minute decant CELLAR: 6+ years)


  • Varietals: 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyard: Bien Nacido
  • Aging: 100% New French
    Oak for 24 months
  • 176 cases made
    Like using a red tablecloth to save the wedding reception at your family’s Spanish Mission era adobe from a rampaging feral bull. Trampled black chocolate, red currant preserves, pressed white sage, Maduro wrapped cigars, tilled earth, blackberry demi-glace, heirloom saddle, perfectly prepared plain hamburgers and a yard slathered in wedding cake butter cream. All the pride of being the hero without getting gored.
    (DRINK NOW: 3+ hour decant, CELLAR: 7-10 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 Mailing 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.


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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