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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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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  • Halter Ranch Vineyard

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

  • Barrel 27

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

  • Le Cuvier

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

  • Gravity Hills

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

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Eberle Winery

    In 1973, Gary Eberle began his career in the wine industry by heading his family’s Estrella Ri...

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  • Adelaida Cabernet Reserve Viking Estate 2012

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    Very nice but not great Paso bordeaux blend from Adelaida. Subtle nose with a hint of mint and shoe polish. Not overly jammy, layered or fruity on the palate but a decent amount of black berries, tar and leather. The tannins are fairly fine grained with a bit of grip, medium acidity and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot 2014

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Talley Vineyard Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir 2113

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    Light cherry on the nose and light on the palate as well. Soft fruit with really good acidity and light tannins. Winner, winner salmon dinner. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit de Beaucastel Rouge 2008

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    Really enjoying this excellent Tablas Esprit de Beaucastel! Really dark, chewy berry fruit on the nose with some savoriness. Loads of ripe, crushed black cherry, notes of black licorice that just go on and on, a touch of mint, and a bit of freshly tanned leather. There are well resolved, fine tannins, tongue coating viscosity, medium plus acidit... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I guess that since you are the originator of this thread, you get to make up ... up ... Robles is located in San Luis Obispo Count Read More

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  • Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    The 2014 Cab from Chile was clearly filled with too much Mega Purple which is created by the same conglomerate that owns Black Box. Bummer, since I loved the Black Box Merlot!! Read More

    Wine review by Dpupo


  • Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Wine review by gmb468


  • Robert Hall Syrah 2013

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    Flavors of homogenized colored berries. A little unbalanced to the acid side. Some surprising heat on the edges of the tongue. For $12 an OK wine, but, certainly, not an aspirational wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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