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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • York Mountain Winery

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

  • 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...

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San Luis Obispo on Snooth

  • Tablas Creek Vineyard Dianthus 2014

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    Really good Paso Rose. A bit of a darker red, there's plenty of fresh strawberry, rhubarb, bright red cherry and a touch of citrus. There's nice crisp acidity and a fairly long finish for a Rose. Overall, an excellent summer time quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Compass Point Paso Robles Merlot 2013

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    A Tasting Room Quarterly Selection; Initially good and solid Merlot, strawberry leaf, red chile, lettuce leaf, then chocolate and coffee, lavender and coffee and cherry preserves and oak. Big, soft mouthfull with balanced Tannins and Acidity. Unfortunately, very quickly turned a to a rather sour, wine vinegar undrinkable glass. Hope the 2nd bott... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel Truant 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir 2013

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    Quite light red color. Kind of a jammy, fruity nose. Very light-bodied on the palate. Initial fruit flavor of strawberry/cherry. Could use a tad more acid to complement the fruit. An OK wine, would be a good picnic wine if you did not have or do not like rose. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in ... various Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  KInd of an interesting minty hint, but with the red fruit very similar to the blend that I'd tried at Talley.  I liked it, again, for a fun daily drinker. 2012 Syrah--Quite a bit of fruit (cherry) on this nose.  Stone ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A 3-Hour Edna Valley Tour


  • From Wolff Vineyards during last week's 3-hour visit to Edna ... in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  A medium-bodied easy-to-drink wine.  Cherry, dried fruit flavors. Very little tannin.  Fairly tart.  I don't know if it's in spite of or because of the different array of component grapes, but this is not a terribly complex wine.  It... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Adelaida Version White Anna's Vineyard 2013

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    Solid white blend from Adelaida. The Viognier comes through on the nose with really nice floral aromatics. On the palate the Roussanne brings some butterscotch, while the Grenache Blanc brings along a creamy lemon note. Very nice acidity cleans things up along with a medium long finish. At 14.8% abv the alcohol is not shy but is well balanced ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles En Gobelet 2011

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    Fairly nice Rhone blend from Paso's Tablas Creek. The nose was dark berries with a touch of smoke and tar. The palate was a bit subdued and somewhat shutdown. There was some black cherry and ripe black plum along with a bit of cedar. The acidity was decent and the finish a tad short. May have needed some more time to breathe. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Okay, I get to take two quick trips this month.  First, we go to San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, and Cambria (more or less in that order).  We have one night in Pismo Beach that we can go out for dinner, and we can do a very limited amount of wine tasting because we will have the kids.  So, where do we have dinner in Pismo?  If we eat out in Cambr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Two Quick Trips, Your latest...


  • Adelaida Zinfandel Michael's Estate Vineyard 2011

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    After a long weekend tasting Dry Creek Valley zins, came home and decided to try a Paso zin. This is a really nice wine from Adelaida with a bunch of black fruit and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose. There's blueberry pie, vanilla, blackberry, very nice acidity and some nice green plum on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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