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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

    The vineyards are selected not by where they are, but what is planted in the soil. Harvesting dec...

  • Opolo Vineyards

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

  • Castoro Cellars

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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

    The finest wines are made in the vineyard by producing premium quality fruit that expresses th...

  • Alban Vineyards

    Alban Vineyards is a wine estate in Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County, California. Winemak...

  • EOS Estate Winery

    Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses s...

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  • Peachy Canyon Zinfandel Paso Robles Incredible Red 2005

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    for the price this is a great tasting wine. Complex flavors for the value. Read More

    Wine review by volsconti


  • Cuvée Pom Jerry Lohr Winery Usa California 2006

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    This is a solid everyday wine. As the popularity has risen, so has the price, as I'm now seeing it in the $15 - $16 range before case discounts. The Merlot is almost as good, and the price point a little lower. Read More

    Wine review by brian cooper


  • Maddalena Muscat Canelli Maddalena Vineyards 2007

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    Apricot, star jasmine, and peach on the nose. Good balance of acidity and fruit. Light with a subtle sweetness. A little boring, but overall, good for the price. Read More

    Wine review by dressyp


  • Tobin James Petite Sirah Paso Robles Black Magic 2006

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    Powerful Ripe Black Fruit, Inky, Lavender, lilacs, Vanilla and Pepper on the Finish. Read More

    Wine review by Leanne Elizabeth


  • Edna Valley Winery Cabernet Sauvignon San Luis Obispo County 2006

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    Big bold nose of fruit and spice. The taste itself fell far short of this introduction. At first somewhat acidic and then a bit flat we were disappointed after looking forward to a bold and flavorful wine. After breathing for a bit, some dryness that we were expecting at first taste appeared, at the back of the palate. Longer finish than prefer... Read More

    Wine review by CLOJON


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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    This is a good wine. Dark in the glass. Has vanilla and some oak flavor. Needs to age a bit longer or some serious decanting. Justin continues to offer a great price value for Cabernet Read More

    Wine review by Richodn


  • Pinot Evil Cellars Pinot Noir 2006

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    Had a glass of Pinot Evil Pinot Noir at Indigo in Hyde Park. I like a red with just a hint of sweet and found this wine really nice and fruity, and smooth. I haven't purchased a bottle yet but the glass was $6.50 (about avg for Cinci) so I'm going to get $8 bottle in store. Great for summer! Read More

    Wine review by kellylivesay


  • Justin Vineyards & Winery Red Bordeaux Blend Paso Robles Isosceles 2004

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    Elegant, well structured, good complexity nice tannnis. Drinkable now, but should get even better with age. Open/decant for several hours. Surpasses many other belnds and cabs in the price range. Read More

    Wine review by mcoppins


  • Cuvée Pom Jerry Lohr Winery Usa California 2006

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    Solid effort by my favorite weekday wine, J Lohr Seven Oaks. Perhaps best in years. Won in my own blind test against several other big Cabs costing 50% more. Big fan since '92 vintage, as my friends and family will attest. Read More

    Wine review by bhougland


  • Cuvée Pom Jerry Lohr Winery Usa California 2006

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    This is a very nice, straight forward California Cabernet. Expressive and fruity with enough complexity to keep you interested. Best one I've found in this price range and one of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by 00schneider


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