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Here you'll find a list of area wineries that I've been to in the last few years. The KEY to the symbols in each review can be found below. This is not a comprehensive list. I have visited almost every winery in the region, but am trying to keep my reviews as current and accurate as possible. Will be revisting many over the next few months so check back for additions. My focus is on the smaller producers and finding hidden gems. Anyone you can buy in your grocery store will not be represented here.

DISCLAIMER: I do not tell anyone I have my own website and am reviewing their winery. I want to get the true experience of a place and their wines. Granted my knowledge may get me special treatment, but that's mostly because I show interest. Show you care, they may as well.


EXPLANATION OF SYMBOLS:
Type (of Tasting Room): R=Rustic, A=Average, F=Fancy
Size (of Tasting Room): S=Small <10ppl), M=Medium (10-20ppl), L=Large (20+)
Price (of Wines on Average): $=Under $22, $$=22-32, $$$=32-45, $$$$=45+
W-Rating (Quality of Wines): Drinkable, Enjoyable, Very Good, Great
E-Rating (Tasting Room Experience): Rude, Hit/Miss, Ordinary, Friendly, Fun
Name*: Links to Winery Website


Baileyana Winery*Open Weekends
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
A S $$ Enjoyable Ordinary Rhone
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Chamisal Vineyards/Domaine Alfred*Open Daily – TF: $9/5
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
F L $$$ Very Good Friendly Burgundy/Rhone
Established: 1992 Location: Edna Valley 18,000 Cases
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Claiborne & Churchill*Open Daily – TF: $5
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
A M $$ Enjoyable Ordinary Bordeaux/Gewurztraminer
Established: 1983 Location: Edna Valley 10,000 Cases
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Edna Valley Vineyards*Open Daily
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
F M $$ Enjoyable Ordinary Pinot/Rhones
Established: 1980 Location: Edna Valley 400,000 Cases
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Kynsi Winery*Open Th-M – TF: $5
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
R S $$ Enjoyable Ordinary Burgundy
Established: 1995 Location: Edna Valley 3000 Cases
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Laetitia Vineyards*Open Daily
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
F M $$ Enjoyable Hit/Miss Sparkling/Burgundy
Established: 1982 Location: Arroyo Grande 640,000 Cases
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Sextant Wines*Open Th-M – TF: $5
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
A M $$ Enjoyable Ordinary Rhones/Zin
Established: 2003 Location: San Luis Obispo 9,000 Cases
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Talley Vineyards*Open Daily – TF: $6
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
F L $$ Enjoyable Ordinary Pinot Noir
Established: 1982 Location: Arroyo Grande 30,000 Cases
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tangent*Open Weekends – TF: $5
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
A S $ Very Good Ordinary Whites Only
Established: 1991 Location: Edna Valley 25,000 Cases
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Tolosa Winery*Open Daily – TF: $5
Type Size Price W-Rating E-Rating Specialties
F L $$ Enjoyable Friendly Rhones/Bordeaux/Pinot
Established: 1998 Location: Edna Valley 9000 Cases

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