The city of Paso Robles has been deemed the “Wild West” of California wine, not only due to the fact that it was founded by outlaws, but also in its positioning as the next frontier of California wine. In the late 1960s/early 1970s, Dr Stanley Hoffman and Andre Tchelistcheff planted some of the regions first Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In 1983, the Paso Robles AVA was established and quickly began to garner the attention of the wine world. Paso is known for its heat, which lends to high sugar content in grapes, making it the ideal region for late-ripening varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon. The cool nights that accompany the hot days, as well as the high pH of the diverse soils in the area, help to maintain the ideal level of acidity in the grapes. Paso Robles is California’s fastest growing AVA, now home to over 200 wineries and over 33,000 acres of vineyards. In 2013, Wine Enthusiast awarded Paso Robles the accolade of Wine Region of the Year.