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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  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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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  • Gravity Hills

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

  • GRIZZLY REPUBLIC

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

  • Le Cuvier

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

  • Denner Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Hunt Cellars

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

  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

    Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vine...

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  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles Esprit de Beaucastel 2008

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    Excellent white Rhone blend from Paso. This has that nice tropical fruit profile along with a hint of butterscotch, almond and honey. Still fresh and going strong for an '08. There is medium acidity and the finish is medium long. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Adelaida Cellars Version Rose 2013

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    Very nice Paso rose. This has nice notes of bright cherry and strawberry, nice refreshing acidity and short to medium finish. This is not an overly complex wine, just something nice and easy to sip on the back porch. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Imagery Estate Winery Lagrein Paso Robles 2010

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    Bluish purple in the glass. Some herbalness mixed with red fruit on the nose. Easy to drink medium-weight red with a bit of the afore-mentioned red (plum) fruit. Fairly tight on the back of the tongue/palate where tannin and acid are detected. Quite a short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • REPLY BY AHSAN12, 18 SECONDS AGO.Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road has opened to explore. Always looking for the best that meets our tasting needs. Since we live within hours, the very least a day's drive, [url=http://www.vceplayer.net/]http://vceplayer.net/[/url]from Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey C... Read More

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  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road has opened to explore. Always looking for the best that meets our tasting needs.Since we live within hours, the very least a day's drive, from Napa and Sonoma, the Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the wh... Read More

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  • Le Cuvíer Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles l'Enfant du Pape 2009

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    Pretty nice, but not overly complex red blend from Paso. Light in color but dark in fruit with black cherry, ripe plum, vibrant acidity, a touch of smoky tar and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Adelaida Pinot Noir Hmr Vineyard 2010

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    Excellent Paso Pinot. More on the dark cherry and cranberry side with a bit of rhubarb, a touch of smoke and a good bit of minerality. Nice acidity, fairly fine grained tannins and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Turley Zinfandel Dusi Vineyard 2012

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    Last industry trade of the Testarossa Winery Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2012 Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Kynsi Winery San Luis Obispo NV

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    A blend of different varietals including Pinot Noir. Very smooth and satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Tolosa Winery Estate Vineyards Edna Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


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