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Established in 1994, Dark Star Cellars annual production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and our meritage blend Ricordati hovers around 4,000 cases.

Our focus is on producing small lots of ultra-premium hand crafted red wines. We feel our success comes from a gentle treatment of our wines from harvest to bottling.

At a glance…

2985 Anderson Rd
Paso Robles CA
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Friday - Sunday 10:30 - 5:00
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Uncommon Varietals Produced?
San Luis Obispo
Wine Club Benefits:
Being a member means you receive a 30% discount on any wine purchase. In April you will receive an assorted half-case (six bottles) of wine that will represent that vintages' release. In October we will ship you an additional half-case of the
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Central Coast
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Paso Robles
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4000 Cases
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Currently Tasting*

2010BlendPaso RoblesRicordati - Blend of Bordeax Varietals
2010BlendPaso RoblesAnderson Road - Cab Sauv, Syrah, Peitite Sirah
2009Cabernet SauvignonPaso Robles
2010Cabernet FrancPaso Robles
2010MerlotPaso Robles
2010Petite SirahPaso Robles
BlendPaso RoblesChain Reaction-Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah
2008BlendPaso RoblesLeft Turn-Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre
2008BlendPaso RoblesSoft Shoulder- Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
2010Zinfandel (Primitivo)Paso Robles
Currently Tasting
Vintages that show either a "0000" or a blank are non vintage specific, meaning they contain grapes from various years.

Currently Selling*

2010BlendPaso RoblesRicordati - Blend of Bordeax Varietals$35.00
2010BlendPaso RoblesAnderson Road - Cab Sauv, Syrah, Peitite Sirah$28.00
2009Cabernet SauvignonPaso Robles$28.00
2010Cabernet FrancPaso Robles$28.00
2010MerlotPaso Robles$28.00
2010Petite SirahPaso Robles$28.00
BlendPaso RoblesChain Reaction-Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Petite Sirah$22.00
2008BlendPaso RoblesLeft Turn-Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre$35.00
2008BlendPaso RoblesSoft Shoulder- Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre$35.00
2010Zinfandel (Primitivo)Paso Robles$28.00

Recent Awards

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Other Views

Nicole, Brian, Susan and Norm

Lucy to the rescue!

My view at work.  Not bad eh?


Our grapes are hand harvested and slowly fermented. After fermentation our dedication to "synthetic gravity", the use of low pressure pneumatic pumps and nitrogen racking, allows each wine to be gently moved from one stage of its life to another, ultimately allowing each wine to reach its fullest potential.

Many wineries will tell you that they are a small family winery. In their minds a staff of fifty producing 100,000 cases is small. At Dark Star it's me, my son Brian, my daughter Nicole, and my wife Susan. That's it. Some days we make wine, some days we sit on tractors, and not often enough, some days we watch sunsets, but everyday it's just us. Every single bottle we produce has our finger prints on it. If we don't do it, it doesn't get done. When you serve a bottle of our wine at your table you are serving a beverage we hand made, wine that we are tremendously proud of.

Did you know?

How did we come up with the name Dark Star?

"Dark Star" was put on a long list of potential names for the winery because Norm believed it symbolized his goal of producing "stellar" red wines, or "dark stars". In addition to producing stellar wine, Norm wanted the winery and its label to honor his family. Ricordati, his Bordeaux style blend, began as a tribute to Norm's father who passed away in 1985 and had been in the Food and Beverage industry since the early 50's. Norm's father, Bob, was the president of the United States Bartenders Guild in 1959 and among other ventures opened the Anaheim Convention Center and Georgia World Congress Center as the Food and Beverage Manager. Both, at the time, were the largest convention centers in the United States. Norm laments the fact that his father was unable to witness the establishment of Dark Star Cellars and its wines. He is certain his father would have gotten a chuckle out of the fact that Norm is licensed by the Federal Government to produce alcohol.

Well, over the next few months, for one reason or another each name on the list of potential labels was deemed unworthy. Dark Star was the only name remaining. After months of agonizing the time came to make a decision, the legalities of establishing a winery needed to be addressed. Still not certain that Dark Star resonated with him, Norm reasoned he could use "Dark Star" for a year and if he still wasn't convinced it was "right" he would change the name prior to the bottling of his first wines. Six months latter Dark Star Cellars was bonded by the Federal Government. In reviewing the documents Norm realized that Dark Star had arbitrarily been bonded on December 15th, his father's birthday. For a man who makes a habit of walking under ladders, this omen could not be denied. Today not only is Norm convinced that Dark Star was the right choice, it is inconceivable to him that it could be anything else!

The Barrel Room**

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