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
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

  • Wild Horse Winery

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

  • Bassetti Vineyards

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

  • York Mountain Winery

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

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  • Steve Rasmussen Zinfandel Petite Sirah Estrella 2013

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    A Naked Wines offering. Opens with ripe red apple and cherry, then some smokey blueberry and spice, then black cherry. Fruit forward with very soft tannins and acidity. Long finish of blackberry, currant, and just a bit of spice and herb. I enjoyed how the Sirah cut some of the fruit and replaced it with notes of spice, heat, and smoke. Would b... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Vitaluce Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    The wine is a lovely garnet color in the glass, with a violet hue and great clarity. The nose is somewhat fruity, with some jammy plum and blackberry notes overlaid with some lovely earthy notes of toasted oak, cedar and a touch of mint. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of jammy fruit up front, blackberry and cassis that quickly subsides i... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Imagery Estate Winery Lagrein Paso Robles 2011

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    Like the 2010, dark black plum color. Fairly nondescript nosesome red fruit, some oily scent. Easy fruity entry. Fruit flavors of red plum, strawberry. Very subdued tannin. Light acid as from peach, without any sugar. Very short finish. Not a complex wine. Easy to drink, but not particularly memorable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • There are too many people.  Feel free to insert a "colorful ... ... between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo:  Pea Soup Anderson's in Buelton and the Madonna Inn at the south end of SLO.  No more.  I'm happy to say that there are lots highway adjacent of vineyards around Santa Maria, but there are also plenty of Home Depots, Von's (oops, make... Read More

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  • Tablas Creek Vermentino Paso Robles 2013

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    Beautiful Tablas Creek Vermentino from Paso. Really nice floral, honeysuckle nose. On the palate there's rich, creamy lemon, more honeysuckle, mouth watering acidity, a bit of salinity and a medium long finish. Extremely enjoyable and a real nice change of pace. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Meridian Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

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    Not bad for a $4 bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by rand2k


  • Yeah, I really need to stock up on that Virginia swill. Been eyeballing all the ... ... Santa Barbara County or San Luis Obispo County.Enjoy your wine in whatever way you choose Paul. Cool story either wa Read More

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  • Central Coast Wine Warehouse Red Bordeaux Blend Paso Robles Roustabout Meritage 2012

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    Well balanced with some degree of minerality characteristic with the region. Good fruit. Great price. Smooth and medium to full body finish. It was everything a meritage should be, but it did not have any distinguishing characteristics. Maybe I should drink more to find them. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Jack Creek Cellars Pinot Noir York Mountain Reserve Kruse Vineyard 2010

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    Fairly big, fruity Paso (Templeton) pinot. There's a touch of smoke on the nose. On the palate there's dried strawberry, dark chocolate covered cherry, some decent acidity, fine grained tannins and a medium finish. This is a warmer climate wine, not your Burgundian or Oregon pinot. There's more of the darker berry fruit and a bigger body, but i... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Adelaida Cabernet Reserve Viking Estate 2010

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    Wonderful Paso Cab from Adelaida. Very well balanced (albeit young) with nice dark berry, green plum, a touch of mocha, refreshing acidity and an interesting trace of mint on the backend. Definitely has some more years to go. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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