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 right around mid-March in 2018. Our wine club is currently full. However, 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 - 5PM 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
  • Aging: 100% New French Oak for 9 months
  • 407 cases made

TASTING NOTES: I know this girl who spends summer and fall in cellars and vineyards, and all winter working on a Salmon boat in Alaska. She can curse and fight with the best, is tall enough to play pro ball, looks like Gisele, can switch out the transmission in a ‘69 F-150 and is the daughter of an Ambassador. This is the perfume I imagine her wearing to a State Dinner: Eucalyptus honey, lily of the valley, dewy sawgrass, lemon verbena, yellow Chartreuse, Seville orange zest, thieves oil, freshly soaked whetstone and diamond encrusted brass knuckles. (DRINK NOW: pop & pour CELLAR: Now through 5 years)


  • Varietal: 100% Syrah
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: White Hawk, Slide Hill, Jespersen, Luna Matta, Chelle Mountain, Murmur, Shadow Canyon, Presqu’ile
  • Aging: 80% New French Oak for 18 months
  • 900 cases made

TASTING NOTES: At last, the guitar is yours. Its velvet lined case contains the spirits of 1000 shows: fine Cuban Anejo rum, black cherry coke, Connecticut wrapped Gurkha Beauties, motor oil and chicory coffee. In your hands the guitar unleashes a series of riffs that rip like a ¼ mile drag race on cherry tarmac. This thing destroys, like a dragon breathing fire on a California hillside. Outside the garage, a crowd has gathered, they build a funeral pyre and offer up baskets of fresh cherries as you strike one more chord and melt the iron shackles holding the maidens. (DRINK NOW: 45 min decant CELLAR: Now through 6-8 years)


  • Varietals: 32% Tempranillo, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Petit Verdot, 19% Syrah
  • Appellation: Paso Robles
  • Vineyards: Weeks-Yankowski, Luna Matta, White Cliffs, Denlinger, Chelle Mountain
  • AGING: 65% New French Oak for 18 months
  • 810 cases made

TASTING NOTES: If a cigar smoking saber tooth tiger crashed it’s Peterbilt into a chocolate factory while making a Valentine’s delivery of fresh cut flowers, this is what the eyewitness news crews would be reporting: exploded bank vault, smoked paprika, blueberry pomegranate donut, fresh Nat Sherman MCD Blacks, rain, chocolate hand grenade, rose flower water, elderberry syrup, dried violets, cinnamon toast, cherries & berries. With the lingering thought that you may not know where your children are. (DRINK NOW: 2 hour decant, CELLAR: Now through 7-8 years)


  • Varietal: 100% Petite Sirah
  • Appellation: Paso Robles Highlands
  • Vineyards: French Camp, Shell Creek
  • Aging: 75% New French Oak for 18 months
  • 285 cases made

TASTING NOTES: Man, it’s nice up here. Everything you’ve heard about Emirates First Class is true. You’re greeted with a brandied cherry cordial and cinnamon sundae with 100 year old balsamic glaze, your suite is scented with a perfect vapor of juniper ridge spruce, petrichor and soft pipe tobacco. The flight attendant brings you a dish of steak tartare and grilled toast points. In a minute security will certainly be escorting you back to 46B, but before they taze you, enjoy the Turkish coffee and the 1,000 thread count sheets.  (DRINK NOW: Over an evening, CELLAR: Now through 10 years)


  • Varietals: 100% Grenache
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyard: Bien Nacido
  • Aging: 70% New French Oak for 30 months
  • 316 cases made

TASTING NOTES: This is the wine that Wes Anderson was drinking when he made The Darjeeling Limited. As big as India itself, rolling on train tracks through miles of Jasmine and Hyacinth, often in the dark of night, with wild children going from cabin to cabin selling armfuls of fresh berries for a pittance. In the dining car they’re serving a tandoori tomahawk ribeye paired with spiced drinking chocolate. Within the richness of midnight, the destination is practically rendered insignificant by the journey itself.  (DRINK NOW: 1 hour decant, CELLAR: Now through 6-8 years)


  • Varietals: 100% Syrah
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyard: Bien Nacido
  • Aging: 100% New French Oak for 30 months
  • 285 cases made

TASTING NOTES: Like watching Gronkowski dance a Merengue at a white tie affair, all that power put to a very delicate purpose. It’s hard to pull your eyes from the spectacle, but this Szechuan crusted filet mignon and ginseng infused pastis are giving it a run for its money. Dessert is Swedish buckwheat pancakes topped with fresh strawberries and clove dust. As the music reaches its crescendo the demolition team brings down the courthouse across the street and everyone is on their feet.  (DRINK NOW: 1 hour decant, CELLAR: Until you can't take it anymore)



  • Varietal: Rosé of Grenache
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Chelle Mountain, Bien Nacido, Murmur, Slide Hill
  • Aging: 6 months in Neutral French Oak
  • 200 cases made

TASTING NOTES: You come-to in the backseat of a Land Cruiser that has what must be a $20,000 steering wheel. The two guys get back from the gas station, “Hey, hey, look who’s up!” the passenger says as he hands you a bag containing cherry Minute Maid ice pops, some raspberry sorbet, red macarons, a pack of clove cigarettes and Swedish Fish. Wait a second… You recognize him, it’s Snoop Dogg. “I’m Calvin” he says, “you’re lucky we found you! Here” he hands you a cherry blunt as he inexplicably plays Roger Miller on a stereo branded with his name. (DRINK NOW: YOU DRINK THIS NOW)


  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyards: Murmur, Bien Nacido
  • Aging: 70% New French Oak for 18 months
  • 161 cases made

TASTING NOTES: Bebop and Rocksteady walk into a bar. You think this is some kind of joke?! It is not. They are here to crush you. They shoot first and so fast you can taste the gun metal and smoke. The heat chars the oak walls and bubbles the black and blue berries in the kitchen. A suplex drives a mushroom cloud worth of head swelling kirsch. Before the finishing blow, they pick you up; “haha! You should’ve seen your face!” as you’re passed a strawberry daiquiri and a quarter stick of dynamite. (DRINK NOW: splash decant into a thermos, CELLAR: It'll last, but what's the point?)


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. Our wine club is currently closed to new members. In the meantime, 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 – 5PM. You can also call me at 805.237.2400 to check further availability.

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My winery and tasting room is located at: 1227 Paso Robles St, Paso Robles, CA 93446 Open from 11-5 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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