San Luis Obispo Wine

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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
 
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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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

Popular Wineries in San Luis Obispo View all

  • Wild Horse Winery

    Wild Horse Winery was founded in 1983 by Ken Volk, and named for the wild mustangs that roamed...

  • York Mountain Winery

    York Mountain Winery, founded by Andrew York in 1882 as Ascension Winery, was recently purchased ...

  • Bassetti Vineyards

    In the summer of 1998 we planted the first seven acres of our vineyard. With the guidance of John...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

    Our winery is located in Monterey County, California where warm days give way to cool nights a...

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  • 2012 Grafter Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    A Lot 18 Seasonal Selection. Tasting Notes on site are pretty accurate:'Big, rich, dark aromas of baked cherry and currant fill the nose. There's also a hint of blackberry. It tastes just like it smells, but with an earthy, oaky secondary character, as well as a long, mineral-driven finish. Very juicy, ...'Opens with Oak/Cedar/Lavender and a ste... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Wild Horse Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Tart fully bodied with hints of cherry and blackberry . Better after decanting . Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot 2012

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    Opens with some green pepper and raspberry, Rather thin and not quite a mouthful and somewhat disappointing, but after sitting in the glass a bit, becomes deeper, more complex, with more pronounced jam and preserves flavors and cocoa. Turns out to be not too bad and at the price point, a good deal. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tablas Creek Syrah Paso Robles 2010

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    When we first opened this it was very closed down, flat and uninspired so I put a cork in it and let it sit a few days. Definitely benefitted from the air time as it came out with some rip dark fruit layered with a touch of chocolate, fine grained tannins and a medium amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 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 ... occasionally even up into San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties, too. You come home with your clothes all smelling of sage and many, many other herbs depending on where you've been. Whole hillsides that would put herbalists and their kitchen gardens to shame before ... 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


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