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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Robert Hall Winery

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

  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Gravity Hills

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

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  • John Alan Red Blend Paso Robles Malcontent 2006

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    Great wine. I've had the 2007 vintage when it was still very young. This is a very new-world, fruit-forward blend that really explodes with flavor. It finishes well too, doesn't decelerate as it goes down. Looking forward to picking up another bottle of this one again. Read More

    Wine review by DNath991


  • Don't know how much you can get back up into the hills of inland San Diego county, Greg, but I grew up very frequently traipsing across the backcountry mountains of Ventura, Santa Barbara and LA Counties, occasionally even up into San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, too. You come home with your clothes all smelling of sage and many, many othe... Read More

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  • Mark West Pinot Noir California 2012

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    Excellent flavors! Read More

    Wine review by Anuenuehale


  • Tablas Creek Mourvedre Paso Robles 2010

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    Interesting 100% mourvedre from Tablas. Not very fruit forward, more of the tar, leather and spice. The fruit that is there is dried black cherry and ripe black plum. The tannins are fairly grainy and pronounced and the finish is of medium length. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Trader Joe's Petit Verdot Napa Valley Grand Reserve 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by erickafilm


  • Adelaida Cellars the Tribe 2010

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    Really nice 2010 Paso red blend. Crushed black cherry nose, more black cherry, red cherry, green plum, light fine grained tannins, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Carmody Mcknight Cuvée Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah NV

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    Interesting red Paso blend of 50/50 cab franc and petite sirah. Bright red cherry, tart cranberry, mouth watering acidity and just a slight touch of heat from the 15.1% ABV. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Vin de Paille Quintessence Paso Robles 2005

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    Very nice red Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. Still bright and lively, with crushed plum, black cherry, a touch of earthiness and a hint of spice on the back end. Very good acidity and a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Force of Nature Zinfandel 2011

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    Force of Nature wines were by far the best wines at the 2014 Ojai Wine Festival Read More

    Wine review by cmurcpa


  • Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles 2012

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    Nice, tart Paso vermentino. A hint of fresh cut lemon and some floral notes on the nose. On the palate, nice lemon/lime citrus with some wet stone and vibrant acidity. There's a touch of fresh apricot and bees wax on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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