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% Grenache
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyards: Stolpman, Larner, Watch Hill, Santa Barbara Highlands, Alamo Creek, John Sebastiano
  • Aging: 25% New French
    Oak for 34 months
  • 492 cases made
    Like a giant blue nosed pitbull that’s been known to crush basketballs in it’s mouth, but thinks he’s a lap dog and has no idea that he could be a monster. Raspberry sauce poured out on a hot sidewalk, pastrami meat, clove, beef tartare, cherry flambe, sweet carnitas, rail car of fresh lumber, blood orange, mincemeat and desert white sage. More headspinningly unexpected than a donkey in a tutu and a heck of a lot more interesting.
    (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant, CELLAR: 4-6 years.)


  • Varietals: 45% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, 2% Tannat
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Rancho Real, Bien Nacido, Laetitia, Santa Barbara Highlands, Stolpman, Jon Sebastiano, Paderewski, Shadow Canyon, Terra Bella, Rolph, White Cliffs, Chelle Mountain, Luna Matta, Larner, White Hawk
  • Aging: 60% New French
    Oak for 24 months
  • 986 cases made
    There you are making a beautiful camp breakfast over last night’s coals, mottled sunlight coming through the trees, coffee quietly percolating, when a blackberry covered bear crashes through the scene and you abandon everything: huckleberry jam, bresaola, buttermilk biscuits, beef blood, cocoa nibs, new leather deck shoes, blown clutch, brand new 24r 16’’ Goodyear tires, herbs de provence and crushed raspberry bush.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 5-8 years)


  • Varietals: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Chelle Mountain, Coghlan, Bien Nacido, Laetitia, Jespersen, French Camp, Road Runner, White Cliffs
  • Aging: 75% New French
    Oak for 24 months
  • 698 cases made
    If the Marlboro Man joined the Merry Pranksters on a back country vision quest, this would be the wine that chronicled their adventures: grilled plums, rattlesnake venom, strawberry au jus, carbine full of shotgun shells, bacon infused tamari, sword sliced lamb asado, jelly donuts and pudding thick French roast camp coffee. So rich and concentrated it’s like getting hit with 10,000 pounds of transcendental revelation, best taken sitting down.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 6-10 years)


  • Varietals: 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
  • Appellation: Ballard Canyon
  • Vineyard: Larner Vineyard
  • Aging: 85% New French
    Oak for 24 months
  • 323 cases made
    This is the restaurant that you dream of stumbling into at the end of some long forgotten byway, delirious after hours and hours of driving. Cedar, heirloom charcoal, foie gras toast points, oak grilled sweetbreads, raspberry buttercream, a cowboy’s leather sofa, Mexican hot chocolate, chocolate blueberry soft serve and espresso creme. The memory will linger for years, but you’ll never remember the place’s name, and for some reason, no matter how hard you try, you’ll never find it again.
    (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 5-8 years)


  • Varietals: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyard: White Hawk Vineyard
  • Aging: 65% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 392 cases made
    You know those pictures of dragons sitting on piles of gold coins and skeletons, a whisp of smoke coming from their noses and for some reason they’re holding a giant chalice of red liquid? This is what I imagine those dragons are drinking: cherry peppers, grilled apricot meat, caramelized red current, sawdust marrow, cherry cordial, garam masala, black and blue filet mignon, vanilla pudding and creme brulee crust.
    (DRINK NOW: Covetously, CELLAR: No longer than necessary)


  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Murmur
  • Aging: 45% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 197 cases made
    Like going on a rampage date with the Kool-Aid man, breaking through walls, staining shirts and crashing so many birthday parties. Maraschino cherry, Thai ice tea, fresh spun blue cotton candy, oak aged cherries, freshly opened pack of Topps baseball cards, red vines, dirty boots and the soft satisfaction of getting away with it all.
    (DRINK NOW: at your own risk, CELLAR: 8-10 years)


  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyard: John Sebastiano Vineyard
  • Aging: 65% New French
    Oak for 24 months
  • 381 cases made
    All the illicit pleasure of slipping under the ropes and finding yourself at a star studded gala and charming the pants off everyone by telling off color jokes: In-n-Out Double Doubles, ancient oregano, perfect pastis, chocolate smoke, cherry coke residue, fresh bay laurel, milk duds and bacon black pepper ice cream. Truly a night to remember.
    (DRINK NOW: 45 minute decant, CELLAR: 7+ 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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