San Luis Obispo County Wine

 

San Luis Obispo is part of the larger wine Central Coast region of California, located at the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Spanish missionaries began wine-making here over two centuries ago for ceremonial wines made from the Mission (a.k.a. Pais) grape. 
 
The area has two microclimates. Cooler conditions in the north are ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production, while the warmer south cultivates Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. 
There are four subregions within San Luis Obispo:
Arroyo Grande Valley
Edna Valley
Paso Robles
York Mountain
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of San Luis Obispo County

  • Arroyo Grande Valley

    Few wineries make their home in the Arroyo Grande Valley, but the appellation offers a rich diver...

  • Edna Valley

      The Edna Valley AVA is located within San Luis Obispo County in California’s Central Coast...

  • Paso Robles

    Paso Robles (“Oak Pass”) is part of San Luis Obispo county in California’s Central Coast. The f...

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  • Jacob Toft

    Jacob Toft is a wine producer in San Miguel, San Luis Obispo County, California.

  • Robert Hall Winery

    Tucked into the hillside east of Paso Robles, along California’s enchanting Central Coast, lie...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

    JUSTIN Winery is a family owned and operated winery making estate grown and produced wines. The p...

  • Silver Stone Winery

    Wine has been enjoyed by people for almost ten thousand years. It has been imbued with mythologic...

  • Calcareous Vineyard

    The vision of three motivated people helped make Calcareous Vineyard a reality. Lloyd Messer sold...

  • Opolo Vineyards

    Nearly all of Opolo wines are estate vintages, meaning that they are made from grapes grown by th...

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  • Epoch Estate Wines Veracity 2015

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    Nice, round wine. Stewed dark fruit on entry. Then a tinge of tartness. Some foliage or stemminess. Quite full-bodied. Astringent way in the rear palate, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2015

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    Opens with red fruit--cranberry, red plum, strawberry. Acid tartness led me to calling out cranberry. Some baking spices. Tannin seems to sneak up on me. Good wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2014

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    Terrific wine. Dark fruit on opening--berry, stone fruit. Some herbalness--sage. Some may be intimidated by the 15% ABV, but I do not find it to be hot, although there is a "sweetness" that can probably be attributed to alcohol. A big, full-bodied wine with good structure. Lingering, pleasant aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Epoch Serenity 2015

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    96% Grenache/4% Syrah. Lively red fruit on introduction. Mid-palate savoriness. Good acid explains the brightness of the fruit, Medium bodied, Easy to drink without solid accompaniment, Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Epoch Estate Wines Zinfandel Paderewski Vineyard 2014

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    Very dark ruby color. Rustic, somewhat barnyard nose; Blackberry on entry--somewhat jammy but not over the top. Then I get a chocolate thing. Slightly tannic, but nothing out of the ordinary.Very enjoyable wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • L'Aventure Paso Robles Optimus Estate 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Epoch Estate Wines White 2018

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    47% Grenache Blanc, 42% Viognier, 11% Roussanne -- Beautiful, straw color in the glass. Viognier is immediately recognizable on the nose--honeysuckle, apricot. Again, Viognier fruitiness is apparent on the tongue--peach, table grapes, and the almost-gewurztraminer spiciness. However, this wine is loaded with acid--from the other grapes, I wou... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Pesenti Vineyard 2014

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    Lots if dried fruit at the front of this one--think prunes and raisins. With that description you should think that this is a big, rich wine. It is. It also seems hot. It doesn't suck, but all in all, it just seems to be an unintegrated wine with no subtly. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Rouge Paso Robles 2015

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    Translucent ruby in color. Dark fruit with a tad of mint on the nose. It gives a dark cherry fruit in the mouth with a little tartness and a earthy bitterness on the finish. Does it have garrique? No but there is that earthiness on the finish that hints at herbs. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tangent Paragon Vineyard Viognier 2013

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    best chilled, producing a subtle flavor that passes quietly across the palate and is not overtly sweet. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


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