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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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...

Popular Wineries in San Luis Obispo County View all

  • Edward Sellers

    Edward Sellers is an award winning boutique winery specializing in small lots of handmade America...

  • Silver Stone Winery

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

  • Barrel 27

    Mac got into food and wine during his early twenties via his friends and coworkers at Trader Joe’...

  • Robert Hall Winery

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

  • Castoro Cellars

    The husband and wife team of Niels and Bimmer Udsen established Castoro Cellars with the goal of ...

  • Vinfuzion

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  • Steve Rasmussen Zinfandel Petite Sirah Estrella 2013 2013

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    A Naked Wines offering. Opens with ripe red apple and cherry, then some smokey blueberry and spice, then black cherry. Fruit forward with very soft tannins and acidity. Long finish of blackberry, currant, and just a bit of spice and herb. I enjoyed how the Sirah cut some of the fruit and replaced it with notes of spice, heat, and smoke. Would b... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Vitaluce Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass, with a violet hue and great clarity. The nose is somewhat fruity, with some jammy plum and blackberry notes overlaid with some lovely earthy notes of toasted oak, cedar and a touch of mint. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of jammy fruit up front, blackberry and cassis that quickly subsides i... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Imagery Estate Winery Lagrein Paso Robles 2011

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    Like the 2010, dark black plum color. Fairly nondescript nosesome red fruit, some oily scent. Easy fruity entry. Fruit flavors of red plum, strawberry. Very subdued tannin. Light acid as from peach, without any sugar. Very short finish. Not a complex wine. Easy to drink, but not particularly memorable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles 2013

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    Beautiful Tablas Creek Vermentino from Paso. Really nice floral, honeysuckle nose. On the palate there's rich, creamy lemon, more honeysuckle, mouth watering acidity, a bit of salinity and a medium long finish. Extremely enjoyable and a real nice change of pace. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Meridian Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Not bad for a $4 bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by rand2k


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  • Central Coast Wine Warehouse Red Bordeaux Blend Paso Robles Roustabout Meritage 2012

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    Well balanced with some degree of minerality characteristic with the region. Good fruit. Great price. Smooth and medium to full body finish. It was everything a meritage should be, but it did not have any distinguishing characteristics. Maybe I should drink more to find them. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Jack Creek Cellars Pinot Noir York Mountain Reserve Kruse Vineyard 2010

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    Fairly big, fruity Paso (Templeton) pinot. There's a touch of smoke on the nose. On the palate there's dried strawberry, dark chocolate covered cherry, some decent acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium finish. This is a warmer climate wine, not your Burgundian or Oregon pinot. There's more of the darker berry fruit and a bigger body, but i... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Adelaida Cabernet Reserve Viking Estate 2010

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    Wonderful Paso Cab from Adelaida. Very well balanced (albeit young) with nice dark berry, green plum, a touch of mocha, refreshing acidity and an interesting trace of mint on the backend. Definitely has some more years to go. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mark West Pinot Noir California 2012

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    Wine review by Kolaweste


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