Edna Valley Wine


The Edna Valley AVA is located within San Luis Obispo County in California’s Central Coast. Its proximity to the Pacific Coast, with cool, foggy mornings and sunny days ensures a moderate climate conducive to a long growing season and balanced grapes. The valley was once part of the ocean floor, so much of the chalk, loam and clay soils have a fertile subsoil composed of ancient marine sediment. 
Missionaries and settlers planted grapes in the region starting in the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1960s (well after Phylloxera, the Prohibition and Depression) that the region began to take shape. Burgundian grapes such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay do well in this cool-climate region, while Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Viognier and Rousanne also produce excellent wines. ~Amanda Schuster
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Tolosa WInery

    Tolosa Winery is a solar, sustainable estate winery located in the San Luis Obispo, on the centra...

  • Domaine Alfred

    Our historic Chamisal property, the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley, has long been prod...

  • Baileyana Winery

    The recently constructed Baileyana winery is perched on a knoll overlooking the Edna Valley of Sa...

  • Nichols Winery

    Nichols Winery is a small winery, established in 1991 to produce ultra premium wines with limited...

  • Tangent Winery

    Welcome to tangent, where pure flavor and alternative varietals intersect. And that’s not just an...

  • Edna Valley Vineyard

    Just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Edna Valley Vineyard has one of the longest and coolest g...

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  • Mark West Pinot Noir California 2012


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    Wine review by McChef

  • Claiborne and Churchill Pinot Noir 2010


    This was easy weekday drinking, but good for food pairing too. Light and fruity, but hardly one-note. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Mark West Pinot Noir California 2012


    Chilled then brought to correct temperature. I let the wine breathe for 20 minutes before drinking. Deep raspberry color. Medium body. Smell: Fruity cherry notes with some spice. Taste: Very sweet, light. The ending is tart and acidic. Read More

    Wine review by Maija987


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  • Mark West Pinot Noir California 2012


    Ehh. Easy drinking for a Saturday afternoon. For the cost and the availability its worth it. Smooth finish with no acidity. Muted dark berry flavors and a jammy consistancy. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio

  • Yup, it was Mauritson, Fox.  Oh boy, fun tonight.  Staying on the ... tasting with friends in the Edna Valley and stopped at Wolff Vineyards.  I thought their Syrah was outstanding.  Who knows, though, my tastes have changed so much.  I may not care for it now.The research continue Read More

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  • Sorry, OT, my bad.  I lied.  I have the '11 Papera. ... Vineyard ... Vineyard is located in the Edna Valley.  I visited them a few years ago and really enjoyed their Syrah.  That is what attracted me to this wine--and, again, it was less than $20.  This was not the worst PN that I have ever had, but it did show many of the characteristics that... Read More

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  • Summerland Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2012


    Very "light" appearing red color--a lot of light passes through. Not a terribly big nose--some fruit hints, some spicy hints. Very light on the tongue--this is one step away from a rose in body. Quite fruity on the tip of the tongue--mostly cherries. Tartness makes this a good candidate for food pairing. US$19.99 at Costco in Chino Hills. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Can you believe this?In the past year or so friend Snooth friend LingProf has ... Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard Edna Valley Syrah.  Into the basket it went.   See what influence you have over me, NG?Oh, and OT, close by I found Lagier Meredith 2011 Mount Veeder Syrah--one bottle left.  That went into the basket, too.Thanks, also, to LP for telling... Read More

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  • Regarding the Sawyer Lindquist Syrah, NG, I will look for it, but, since I have ... ... to the opinion that the Edna Valley region is something of an under appreciated gem.  Lately, I am enjoying more Edna Valley wines (Chardonnay, Syrah and, yes, Pinot Noir) from wineries like Chamisal, Talley and Wolff than Paso Robles or Santa Maria Valley ... Read More

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