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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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • Wild Horse Winery

    Wild Horse Winery was founded in 1983 by Ken Volk, and named for the wild mustangs that roamed...

  • 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 Zinfadel Old Vines 2011


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    Wine review by sgarcia61

  • Ben Hogan Zinfadel 2008


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    Wine review by sgarcia61

  • J Lohr Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon 2011


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    Wine review by gmb468

  • Grayson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon California 2011


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    Wine review by winelovingal

  • Adelaida Keeper 2010


    Excellent Rhone blend from Paso based Adelaida. Bright and fruit forward with fresh red cherry, black cherry, plum and a touch of rhubarb. The fruit is well balanced against medium acidity and the alcohol stays somewhat in the background. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Adelaida Finder 2012


    Really enjoyed this Paso white Rhone blend! Nice touch of lemon pith combined with dried fig, pear and a touch of apricot. This has medium acidity, medium body and a crisp mid-length finish. Excellent QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Lohr Me Los Osos 2007


    I tried the 2007 1/2 bottle and was impressed. Learned this "Merlot" is actually a "Bordeaux Blend." I'd like to know the percentages of Merlot, Cab. Sauv., Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cab. Franc which made this vintage. Read More

    Wine review by doro72phil

  • Summerland Wolff Vineyard Pinot Noir Edna Valley 2012


    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


    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


    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

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