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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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...

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  • Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles 2008


    I really like this wine for the price. Its not huge but nice and fruity and toasty. However, I think the one "wineart" reviews is a different one. This is "old vines" (about 11.99) not "maverick" (which costs more). Read More

    Wine review by lingprof

  • Venteux Vineyards Grenache Paso Robles 2006


    I baught this wine in July/August of 2008. I recently enjoyed it in April 2009. With much anticipation I discovered that an small investment in this wine turned out to be such a great purchase. It is a medium bodied wine with soft tannins and a smooth start to finish. It's complimented with a light effervesent sweetness. Highly recommend anyone ... Read More

    Wine review by Dcfillmore

  • Vihuela Winery Red Blend Paso Robles Concierto del Rojo 2005


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    Wine review by mlm510

  • Calcareous Syrah Paso Robles Twisted Sisters 2005


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The Calcareous 2005 Twisted Sisters Syrah was produced from a blend of two Westside Paso Robles properties, Killer Canyon and Starr Ranch Vineyards. These distinctive small vineyards have unique calcareous limestone-rich soils, from which the winery attributes its name and honors the regi... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Castoro Cellars Fumé Blanc Paso Robles 2007


    Awful. On the nose: mineral, wet stone, chlorine. Taste of Flintstone vitamins. At $9.99, it's overpriced. Read More

    Wine review by Wine Unfiltered

  • Opolo Cabernet-Syrah Blend Paso Robles Fusion 2004


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The Opolo 2004 Rhapsody is a classy, estate Meritage blend sourced from the winerys two estate vineyards: one on the mountainous west-side of Paso Robles, and the other among the rolling hillsides of the warmer east-side. A recipient of many prestigious honors, the 2004 Rhapsody has garne... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Silver Stone Syrah Paso Robles 2003


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. If you are passionate about Syrah, or relatively new to this varietal, the 2003 Silver Stone Syrah is a bottle to be opened and enthusiastically shared with friends. Winemaker, Dan Kleck believes that this is his most intense, delicious Syrah ever, with multiple layers of complex flavors ... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Casa Barranca Winery Pinot Noir-Arroyo Grande Valley 2006


    This is a Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. The 2006 Pinot Noir is produced solely from organic grapes grown in the Central Coast at the Laetitia Vineyard in Arroyo Grande. No herbicides, pesticides, or synthetic fertilizers were used in the cultivation of the fruit. The 2006 Casa Barranca Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande won the Chairmans... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club

  • Paso Creek Zinfandel Paso Robles 2006


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    Wine review by Alleigh

  • Pinot Evil Cellars Pinot Noir 2006


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    Wine review by stevezukaitis

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