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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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...

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  • Turley Zinfandel Paso Robles Pesenti Vineyard 2001

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    http://www.snooth.com/wine/zinfandel-pesenti-vineyard-turley-cellars-2006/ The 2006. Tasted 1/6/2017 -Excellent choice of an amazing wine to bring to a Med-style Italian Venue. -light sediment and amazing cork. The guest subscribes to Turley and also shared the Marcassin in the past. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Margate Paso Robles Red Blend 2014

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    Another Tasting Room selection. Not much here. A bit too fruit forward and one dimensional for my tastes. Having this once is enough. Description from Tasting Room site is pretty accurate - just not much here...'This flavorful red shows freshness and an attractive core of ripe cherry and plum characters mingling with darker, stewed-fruit nuances... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Justin Vineyards Justification Paso Robles 2014

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    Soft strawberry and raspberry aromas with powdered sugar and cinnamon spice, delicate but assertive and fresh. Juicy and expansive on the palate, showing incredible depth and complexity, supple but well structured tannins, creamy textured mouthfeel and full red fruit flavors of tart cranberry, cherry, strawberry and raspberry. Finishes with dark... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

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    Dusty raspberry and cherry aromas with an earthy note of very light smoke and cinnamon. This delivers strong fruit flavors of strawberry, mixed berry and cherry cola with earthy minerality towards the finish that supports the spice and good structure holding up the wine. An enjoyable and approachable bottle of wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Spencer Family Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Grayson Cellars Merlot 2014

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    Great balance of fruit and oak. Not too dry, but not sweet at all92pts Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    Very light and smooth Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2015

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    A bit floral but light on the nose overall. Light pear and some pineapple on the palate with puckery acidity and a long slighlty bitter finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Rabbit Ridge Chardonnay Paso Robles 2014

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    Golden straw color, with a few tiny bits of what appears to be cork floating around. Right off the bat there is a briny, green olive aroma with a bit of dill which yields to vanilla, Crème brûlée, candied pecans, and buttered popcorn. On the palate there is a slight saline minerality, pear, fresh squash, and browned butter. The mouthfeel is crea... Read More

    Wine review by SidneyMay


  • Windrun Pinot Noir 2012

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    very smooth, with nice finish Read More

    Wine review by wsburns


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