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% Grenache
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyards: Alamo Creek, Bien Nacido, John Sebastiano, Spanish Springs, Murmur, Santa Barbara Highlands, Stolpman
  • Aging: 45% New French Oak for 36 months
  • 338 cases made

  • TASTING NOTES: It’s prom and you can’t believe Trevor Winchester asked you to go. You check the fresh flower corsage, he arrives and you’re in his parent’s new Lexus heading to the dance on the freshly rained on streets. He’s put on too much of the Bay Rhum cologne, but you like it as you snap your cherry Bubble Yum. Dancing, spiked punch, a sneaky kiss and then you’re drinking huckleberry milkshakes and espresso over ice cream in an old teak wood parlor, waiting for him to make the move. (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant, CELLAR: 6+ years.)


  • Varietals: 39% Syrah, 38% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 3% Tannat
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: John Sebastiano, Murmur, Santa Barbara Highlands, Slide Hill, Luna Matta, Spanish Springs, Paderewski, Laetitia, White Cliffs, Shadow Canyon, Chelle Mountain
  • Aging: 76% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 547 cases made

  • TASTING NOTES: This is the pure distillate of cruising around the desert with a Saudi Prince in his brand new Mercedes S class: Late summer black mulberry, oiled leather falcon hood, rare Belgian chocolate melted with salt and coffee nibs, rose roasted pistachios, jasmine flowers, blood orange, sun warmed sandstone, geranium oil, muddled mint, roasted lamb shank, nutmeg and fresh gold chains. (DRINK NOW: 45+ minute decant, CELLAR: 6-8 years)


  • Varietals: 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Syrah, 15% Petite Sirah, 13% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation: California
  • Vineyards: Star Lane, Colonial Green, White Cliffs, Tommy Town, Murmur, French Camp, Larner, John Sebastiano, Shadow Canyon, Chelle Mountain, Grimm, Slide Hill
  • Aging: 72% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 843 cases made

  • TASTING NOTES: There’s no denying it, with this much attitude, swagger and raw unbridled power nothing can stop this. This is basically an axe wielding shark wearing a tuxedo, driving a monster truck in an Evel Knievel jump across the Grand Canyon. Prickly pear jam, salted cherries, hoisin sauce, fire scorched poblanos, brand new BF Goodrich 33’’ Baja T/AS off road tires, char crusted bloody filet mignon, blasted limestone quarry, Ferrari seats, well spiced Mexican hot chocolate and rusted pocket knives. (DRINK NOW: 2+ hour decant, CELLAR: 6-10 years)


  • Varietals: 52% Syrah, 48% Grenache
  • Appellation: Ballard Canyon
  • Vineyard: Larner
  • Aging: 70% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 352 cases made

  • TASTING NOTES: When your Culinary Institute of America trained, Michelin starred buddy rolls up and asks if you want to go foraging for dinner up in Sebastopol, you don’t ask questions. Just clear the calendar and jump in. At camp he’s got a pig roasting underground and you head into the forest smoking Maduro wrapped Avo cigars looking for accoutrements and the hunting is good. Apple blossoms, black currants, porcini and matsutake mushrooms, stripped sassafras bark, impossible blackberries, pink peppercorns and easily the best dutch oven ginger spice cake that has ever existed. (DRINK NOW: 1+ hour decant, CELLAR: 8+ years)


  • Varietals: 97% Syrah, 3% Viognier
  • Appellation: Santa Barbara County
  • Vineyards: White Hawk
  • Aging: 75% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 338 cases made

  • TASTING NOTES: You’ve been hiking for days in the Eastern Sierras and quite frankly you’ve never felt better. The air out here is perfectly heavy with white fir, forest fire charred manzanita, sagebrush, dense clay, churned earth and wet limestone. You’ve been picking late summer currants and mountain strawberries as you walk and while setting up camp you find some pressed purple plums, a bag of chocolate covered cherries and a bit of black licorice that were all hiding at the bottom of your pack. This is the high life, and hopefully there won’t be bears. (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant, CELLAR: 10+ years)


  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
  • Vineyard: Murmur
  • Aging: 60% New French Oak for 24 months
  • 168 cases made

  • TASTING NOTES: Smash City fires on more cylinders than Macho Man Randy Savage rampaging on the Vegas Strip after slamming a baker’s dozen strawberry daiquiris. Stolen rose ice cream cones with cherry magic shell, strawberry waffle buffet at the Willy Wonka Beach and Polo Club, trampled hyacinth garden, cinnamon tree branch, the promise of distant red oak fired BBQ and a whole lot of flexing. (DRINK NOW: 30 minute decant CELLAR: 6+ 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.

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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: [email protected] 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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