El Lugar – The Place for Perfect Pinot in SLO

Winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia focuses solely on Pinot Noir at El Lugar (which means “the place” in Spanish). Tucked into a commercial area on Fiero Lane in SLO, the jewel box of a tasting room is open by appointment, and they open for tastings various weekends during the year. The minute you walk through the door, […]

Autry Cellars: Orchestrating Wine from Bin to Bottle

Feature Video Have you ever opened yourself up to a new experience, unsure of how it might turn out but willing to look past first impressions, to allow the more significant aspects to surface? This is the fun that awaits you with a visit to Autry Cellars. If a jet flies overhead on approach to […]

Wine Wednesday: Focus on SLO (v1.0)

So many good places to enjoy wine in SLO, so little time. Here’s help narrowing the choices with some you may not have tried yet, plus one of our Flavorites. Refugio Ranch Tucked away in an industrial area of SLO near Tank Farm Road and Broad Street at 696 Clarion Ct., Refugio Ranch showcases the […]

Quiz Time: Animal Magnetism (wonderful winery animals of the Central Coast)

With so many great wineries along the Central Coast, you know it can be hard to pick which one to visit.  Instead of the usual criteria—AVA, area, grape, style, membership—how about creating your next wine-tasting itinerary based on the four-legged welcomers at several wineries? Here are a few of our favorite winery personalities. Test your […]

Tasting Notes: HammerSky Vineyards (Paso Robles AVA)

Over the weekend, the Flavor Team took a trip up to Paso Robles to try some new wines.  As we continue our studies of wines around the world (we share a bit of our European Wine Class experience at Cal Poly in this article), we are learning more about Bordeaux, France. Bordeaux is famous for […]

Winery Wanderings: Balistreri Vineyards [Denver, Colorado]

The Flavor Team seeks out wine-related experiences whenever we travel. Winery Wanderings shares our adventures to wineries beyond the California Central Coast. Tucked away in an unpretentious North Denver neighborhood lies a little gem: Balistreri Vineyards.  Surrounded by industrial properties, the oasis built by the Balistreri family starting in the 1900s includes its winery, tasting […]

Barrels in the Plaza brings wine, education, food, and fun to SLO Wine Country (2017)

   Where else can you try wines from nearly 30 Central Coast wineries, enjoy specially paired small plates from almost two dozen of the top SLO restaurants and caterers, learn about winemaking from two masters, and experience a delightful evening at the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo? Roll Out the Barrels: Building on Strong […]

4×2 Passport to SLO Wine Country: wine tasting and more on the Central Coast (2017)

Wine tasting = fun, yes? So, what’s even more fun than wine tasting? How about wine tasting + special tours, food, events, open houses, games, and festivities = two great flavor-filled days! Passport to Exploration Feature Video On the Friday and Saturday following Barrels in the Plaza 2017, the 4×2 Passport to SLO Wine Country […]

Quick Tour: Tolosa Winery [it’s all about the experience]

There’s more new at Tolosa Winery than this year’s vintages. This Edna Valley AVA winery has its eye on an even higher level of quality in every aspect of the operation. A few months ago, the Flavor Team had the opportunity to attend our first World of Pinot Noir event and the Edna Valley Collective […]

Good Chemistry: Monterey Wine Company (High Touch + High Tech)

Blending  client focus, high tech, and high touch to create great wines Feature Video “My name is Rohit.” He pauses, carefully placing three wine glasses in front of him on the Formica-topped table. “And I am a wine chemist.” With these six words, we know we are in the right place. And where, exactly, is that? […]