Just recently Koala was wandering the Central Coast of California and decided that while out and about that he would take the opportunity to look for a few likely candidates for a future tasting adventure with Kiwi. Which Central Coast you ask? Well the one encompassing San Luis Obispo and surrounds. This often overlooked wine region is comprised of three viticulture areas: the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley and Avila Valley. This excursion was specific to the Edna Valley. Looking around you see small, mostly family-owned wineries hand-crafting primarily Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Zinfandel and more. There are also some larger producers who make some noteworthy wine as well.
Koala has tasted in this area in the past, and as best as his memory can be recollected, quite enjoyed some of the wines. The area is a visual delight and some of the tasting rooms are very cute. There is also a distinct pride in the region and what they are trying to produce from it. From the proud history of the first vines planted in the area about 40years ago at the Chamisal Vineyards. To the small family owned Kynsi that enlisted the services of barn owls to recover the area from a plague of gophers and on to the big promotion of SIP certified and state of the art solar powered Tolosa. The wines tasted from this region have some unique characteristics and are well worth exploring (note to us, lets go).We’ll be heading back for an adventure of epic proportions to give you the inside scoop on some of these wineries. With a little bit of schmoozing we hope to get some inside info into the goings on in the vineyards and the winemaking process that set some of these wineries apart from the crowd.
Kiwi and Koala