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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Bassetti Vineyards

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

  • 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 ...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

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  • Montes Star Angel Syrah 2008

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Thanks for all the suggestions for Chardonnay's, many untried. A new road ... Delta, Monterey County and San Luis Obispo areas just for a start (a true blessing), and have traveled the whole of California, and southern Oregon, life has gifted us with awesome drinking and toasting treats equal to the culinary delights offered throughout this di... Read More

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  • Adelaida Zinfandel Michael's Estate Vineyard 2010

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    A most excellent big and bold Paso zin. Loads of dark fruit (ripe dark cherry, ripe plum), nice acidity and fine grained tannins. There's a bit of weight on the tongue that blends well with the big fruit. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ecluse Improv 2011

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    Very flavorful Read More

    Wine review by sgarcia61


  • Trader Joe's Viognier Paso Robles Petit Reserve 2012

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    Barely drinkable Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Le Lapin Speed Bump Wine NV

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    No lot # Spicy and fruity on the nose with lots of peachy overtones to the core of brambly zinberry fruit which has a little cafe au lait edge to it. Sweet, round and simple with enough acidity to keep this fairly lively in the mouth and some tannins helping to add detail to the rather stewy, if fruity palate. The tannins build on the palate, he... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Wild Horse Chardonnay 2011

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    For the price 12.99 fun summer wine not sure about how many pesticides I am drinking though? California wine needs to look into being cleaner and greener? I would buy more, so cheers to wine being cleaner and greener lets figure it out California..... Read More

    Wine review by luvit


  • Rabbit Ridge Meritage Reserve Estate Grown 2004

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    Wine review by protz


  • Mark West Pinot Noir California 2012

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    Wine review by McChef


  • Troublemaker Red Blend 3 Paso Robles NV

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    Wine review by AliciaB9


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