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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

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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  • Silver Stone Winery

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

  • Hunt Cellars

    It started over 20 years ago as a fantasy, living on a lush beautiful vineyard, producing your ow...

  • Gravity Hills

    GRAVITY HILLS wines are made by a small group of friends who have worked together in the wine bus...

  • Le Cuvier

    There is firm empirical evidence to the effect that yeast & other varied wine pathogens die of bo...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

    Located on Adelaida Road, on the west side of Paso Robles, our property dates to the 1880s, when ...

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  • Adelaida Version Red Reserve Anna's Estate Vineyard 2011

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    This is an excellent blend of Mourvedre, syrah and grenache noir. Fairly dark in the glass, silky smooth, loads of dark red and black fruit, blackberry, black cherry, ripe plum, ripe blueberry, supple fine grained tannins and a fairly long finish. Not as earthy or funky as I would expect for a GSM. This baby seems to be hitting its stride. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hmr Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 1982

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    Disappointing bricking coloring forecasts oxidation. Somewhat off-putting nose--musty, fungal. The proof though is in the mouth. Actually a pretty good wine. Light blackberry fruit on the tip of the tongue. Still firm tannin. Reasonable acid. However, after about 30 minutes of air, this one fell apart. A watery mess. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Booker Vineyard Sweet 2012

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    A rare and truly wonderful dessert wine. Same price for a half bottle of the DOLCE but not the same experience. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Paso Robles 2013

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Booker Vineyard Fulldraw Gsm 2013

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Booker Vineyard Grenache "The Ripper" Paso Robles 2013

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    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Black Hand Cellars Cabernet Franc 2010

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  • Booker Rlf Red 2012

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  • Booker Vineyard Rosé Blend Paso Robles Pink 2013

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    The most full bodied rose I have ever enjoyed.Beautiful reddish pink color, probably the darkest rose ever made. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Caliza Paso Robles Cohort 2011

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    Thick and rich ripe blackberry and black cherry aromas with some earth and leather on the nose and a dash of black pepper with a touch of heat. Very smooth on the entry followed by a bite of tannin filling the mouth with some cranberry and black cherry. Some licorice sneaks in behind blueberry as the tannins linger well into the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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