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.
Tucked away in an industrial area of SLO near Tank Farm Road and Broad Street at 696 Clarion Ct., Refugio Ranch showcases the talents of winemaker Ryan Deovlet (who is also winemaker for Biddle Ranch and under his own label). The space has a western/ranch feel without being kitchy, and the space is open and inviting. Currently open by reservation, do call and check it out. (805) 786-4611, www.refugioranch.com
Housed in a charming 1920s gas station at 311 Higuera St., the outside might fool you into thinking it’s still an operating gas station. But step inside, and you’ll see the converted space masterfully showcases wine from around the world. It’s a fun place to try a new wine, and they purposely focus on old world and non-California wines that aren’t readily available. It’s a nice change of pace. They also have Art Bar wine-and-painting events and bring in food trucks now and then. www.thestationslo.com
Located near the airport at 3590 Broad Street, this little wine bar has a good selection of wine (many local, plus some global offerings), as well as beer. A few food options are available, such as a cheese plate from the fabulous Fromagerie Sophie, pizza, and other items. Its industrial décor and roll-up garage door adds to the modern feel. The only downside is the noise, which can be overwhelming. www.wineshedslo.com
Flavorite: Stephen Ross Wine Cellars
While Stephen Dooley has been involved with 40 harvests (so far) in his winemaking career, his passion for creating wine from fruit dates back to his childhood in Minnesota. Visit the tasting room, located on the south side of San Luis Obispo, and learn more about Stephen and Paula Dooley’s journey in creating this renowned winery. You’ll taste why Stephen Ross is an icon among Central Coast wineries. Some of our flavorite Stephen Ross wines: his Pinot Noir, Grenache, Pinot Gris, and Albarino, and he has a new Petite Syrah that we can’t wait to taste. Truly, every Stephen Ross wine is great. Stop by the tasting room (open Thursdays through Sundays, 11:00 – 5:00 pm) at 178 Suburban Road. www.stephenrosswine.com