Paso Robles is the Californian wine region to watch out for this year

Warm days and cool nights help this west coast region create exciting wines.

About an hour away from San Francisco, this wine region is well-known for cabernet. Picture: Hari Nandakumar/Unsplash

If you’re on an all-out quest to make great cabernet, you might aim for Napa or Bordeaux, but not Daniel Daou. After a decade-long global search for the right plot of land to start growing the grape, he found the ideal combination of soil and climate for his dream in Paso Robles, a land of oak-studded hills and winding back roads, a three-hour drive south of San Francisco.

“Paso,” he says. “has a climate between ...