Central Coast

    San Luis Obispo County: Slipping into Fall

    …A dazzling autumn Avila Beach sunsetDuring the year, San Luis Obispo County expresses itself through plenty of regional traits: sun, fog, wind, (occasional) rain, surf, sand, sunsets, seasonal crops, wine and festivals—to name just a few. These Central Coast idiosyncrasies help us define the SLO Life, and this time of year the signs of autumn…

    2 readers - By Elizabeth White/ Elizabeth in SLO

    2014 Cambria Scarecrow Festival

    … Although the California drought rages on, whimsy runs rampant along the Central Coast. Once again, the unconventional town of Cambria is hosting its annual month-long scarecrow festival in San Luis Obispo County, bringing out the kid in everyone. In its sixth year, hundreds of offbeat characters line Cambria's east and west village streets…

    1 readers - By Elizabeth White/ Elizabeth in SLO

    Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

    … The Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012 is sourced from vineyards in Monterey (south of San Francisco) and Santa Barbara (just north of Los Angeles) in California. Even though northern California is cooler than southern California, both regions have similar climates due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean, cool breezes and morning fog…

    6 readers - By CHEAP WINE FINDER

    Turiya Wine

    …. Turiya Wines, capture the essence of a garagiste winery: small production, hands on at every step, and fine-tuned to express the winemakers style. These wines are unique, and offer the wine lover something that is different from the rest of the pack. Watch out for Angela Soleno, she could just be producing the next California “cult wine”.…

    5 readers - By The Sommelier Update

    Why Mike Sinor is a Better Winemaker Than Me

    …As a wine writer for the last 15 years I have actually made wine. It’s a very important thing for a wine writer to do - to better understand the process of what winemakers go through and not write about wine from a vacuum. On a visit to Ancient Peaks Winery recently in Santa Margarita (San Luis Obispo County) I did a blending seminar with Mike…

    1 readers - By Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz

    Weekend Wine Notes: A bouquet of rosés and a few thorns

    … Today’s notes feature eight rosé wines, four from France, three from California and one from the state of Virginia. In style they range from ephemeral to fairly robust. I have to take shots at a couple of these examples, but those are the breaks in the realm of wine reviewing. No attempt at technical, historical, geographical or personal…

    8 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

    …Your eyes do not deceive you, My Readers. Today’s Weekend Wine Notes offer 10 wines priced under $20, in actuality, from about $12 to $19. We flaunt our eclectic nature today, reaching from various regions of California to Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and Australia, and embracing many grape varieties and styles of wine. As usual…

    7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    "In the Ghetto"

    …"In the Ghetto" was made famous by Elvis Presley in 1969. Nearly thirty years later, Rick Longoria moved his winery operation to an industrial complex at the eastern edge of Lompoc (pronounced "Lom-Poke"), which years later became affectionately known as the "Lompoc Wine Ghetto." Neatly tucked behind the Home Depot and Lompoc Valley Medical Center…

    6 readers - By Central Coast Uncorked

    Bottling Day 2011, Jaffurs Wine Cellars

    …Under relatively clear skies and with a cool ocean breeze to their backs, the team at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, along with dedicated wine club members and volunteers, got to work bottling hundreds of cases of Santa Barbara County Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir. The Mission Bottling truck was set up in the driveway of the winery while volunteers were…

    8 readers - By Central Coast Uncorked