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...

  • 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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  • Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold 2012


    52% Vermentino, 48% Grenache Blanc From Fenaughty Tight, citrus rind and pith aromas greet the nose which picks up a creamy note with an overlay of minerality , lemon curd and lime leaf. Nicely open on the palate which starts off in a very mineral vein picking up a bit of yellow melon flavor along with hints of ollen and heather. Theres a little... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Promise Seeker Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    These are the tasting notes from Lot 18-Tasting NotesFrom the winery: "Ruby in color, with aromas of black cherry, plum and violet. Ripe flavors of blackberries and raspberries combine, and hints of savory spice and thin mint coat the palate. The tannins are well integrated with the fruit and create a saturated, balanced and long finish."ha, ha,... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Lone Madrone Enigma 2008


    An excellent red blend of syrah and petit sirah from Paso. Lots of nice dark berries/cherries, prune, decent acidity and a nice long finish. Big, bold fruit but not overly jammy, just nicely balanced for a fairly big red. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Claiborne and Churchill Pinot Noir 2010


    This was easy weekday drinking, but good for food pairing too. Light and fruity, but hardly one-note. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Foxall,An aside, but the drive to San Luis Obispo is a safe and nice one, IMO.  I have done it, but will not drive to LA by myself cause I hate the Grapevine.NG Read More

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  • Get this:  If you fly to Walla Walla on Alaska Airlines, you get fee ... ... wine? My wife flies to San Luis Obispo (she didn't want to drive by herself and I can't take the time off) next week.  That would be a nice perk for her, if she had time to hit some tasting rooms.&nbs Read More

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  • Adelaida Inventor 2009


    Another excellent red blend from Adelaida. Mostly mourvedre but also had some cab, counoise, syrah, grenache noir and cinsault. Very well balanced with red and black cherry, ripe plum and a touch of licorice. 2009 vintage. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Adelaida Picpoul Blanc 2012


    Really good white Rhone from Paso. Lemon drops, fresh, clean and crisp with excellent mouth watering acidity but also nicely balanced with a touch of oily texture. Great alternative to pinot gris and sauv blanc. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Adelaida Version White Anna's & Glenrose Vineyards 2012


    Fantastic Paso white Rhone blend of grenache blanc, picpoul blanc, viognier and roussanne. Nice and crisp but with some slightly round and perfume notes. Creamy lemon pith and melon along with a touch of honey. Fairly long tongue coating finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Mark West Pinot Noir California 2012


    Chilled then brought to correct temperature. I let the wine breathe for 20 minutes before drinking. Deep raspberry color. Medium body. Smell: Fruity cherry notes with some spice. Taste: Very sweet, light. The ending is tart and acidic. Read More

    Wine review by Maija987

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