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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • 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...

  • Cupcake Vineyards

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

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  • Summerland Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2012

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    Very "light" appearing red color--a lot of light passes through. Not a terribly big nose--some fruit hints, some spicy hints. Very light on the tongue--this is one step away from a rose in body. Quite fruity on the tip of the tongue--mostly cherries. Tartness makes this a good candidate for food pairing. US$19.99 at Costco in Chino Hills. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Laetitia Pinot Noir Reserve du Domaine 2012

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    Too early to enjoy this wine, tight tannin structure. In six month time this wine will be ready. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Adelaida Cellars Anna's Vineyard Syrah 2010

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    Well balanced syrah from Paso Robles. Not overly jammy or extracted but well rounded with loads of dark cherry and plum. Fairly smooth tannins, fresh, inky purple and a nice medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Castle Rock Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2011

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    For an inexpensive cabernet, I was pleasantly surprised. Nice fruit with acceptable body and pleasant finish. Give it few minutes to open up. I will buy it again to drink with my baked ziti. Glad I took a chance. Read More

    Wine review by salparad1se


  • Vinum Cellars Paso Robles Zinfandel 2011

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Mark West Pinot Noir 2009

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    Wine review by asaracho


  • High On the Hog White Paso Robles 2010

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    Wine review by tjjm


  • Tablas Creek Red Rhone Blend Paso Robles Rosé 2011

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    Love this Paso Robles Rhone white blend. Loads of tongue coating layers, ripe pear, peach, clove, spice, white chocolate, fantastic balance and a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Justin Syrah Paso Robles 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Carhartt Zinfandel 2011

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    Enjoying a little zin before heading out of town for a few days. Jammy Carhartt, great solid nose. Currents and blackberries with a slight tint of toasted vanilla. Medium tannins and a medium to long finish. I'm pretty sure this wouldnt age well but its pretty darn good right now. I appreciate the acidity level and how it works with the jamm... Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


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