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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  • Adelaida Cellars

    Adelaida's wines begin at the roots, pushing through the rocky limestone soils on the west side...

  • Edward Sellers

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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Justin Vineyards & Winery

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

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  • 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


  • Caliza Sidekick Paso Robles 2013

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    A fair bit of vanilla and hazelnuts on the nose with some honey and gooseberry. Smooth and full mouthfeel with a rich, nutty profile showing the clean fruit underneath and a touch of honey and butter. Read More

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  • Caliza Kissin' Cousins Paso Robles 2013

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    Light nectarine with floral aromas with a touch of stone fruit and flinty acidity. Nice and smooth flavors, full and ripe and rich and emollient with peach and nectarine and a layer of minerality - enough acidity to really buoy the palate and integrate nicely with some toast and some dried apricot. Read More

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  • Caliza Sympatico 2012

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    Ripe cherry fruit on the nose with a fair bit of spice, cinnamon, and touches of black pepper. Quite spicy and rich with a really fresh and ripe acidity. The leather and tobacco notes are just beginning to develop; an indication of just how age-worthy this wine is. But, it's drinking great right now. The ripe red berry fruits continue to deliv... Read More

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  • Caliza Pink Paso Robles 2014

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    Light and fruity strawberry and watermelon aromas. Just a touch of perceived sweetness due to the freshness of the acidity but it's nice and dry with strawberry and watermelon on the palate as well. The finish is rife with candied cherries. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Wolff Vineyards Teroldego Edna Valley 2013

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    Quite dark purple color. Fresh, nose of red fruit. Not a full frontal attack on the tongue, but detectable cherry, plum flavors with some spicehint of clove. As the wine passes back, something of white fruit flavors emergepeach, melon. Quite light on the tannin, but this wine does not lack for firmness. It its not quite full bodied, but it... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bishop's Peak Elevation 2012

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    Quite attractive purple color. Dried fruit nose. On the tongue, the first impression is blueberry. Maybe a bit of black plum. Fairly sedate winemost cabernet sauvignon characteristics are subdued. Little or no tannic dryness. Good acid makes for a reasonably good sipper. Not offensive, but not particularly memorable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Justin Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast Paso Robles 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by iamawfull


  • Dr. Jebediah Drinkwell's Meritage 2007

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    Decent red blend for the price. Easy drinking, but could have been better balanced. The dryness of the cab franc, malbec, and petit verdot take over a but too much. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus 2014

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    Really good Paso Rose. A bit of a darker red, there's plenty of fresh strawberry, rhubarb, bright red cherry and a touch of citrus. There's nice crisp acidity and a fairly long finish for a Rose. Overall, an excellent summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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