Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40San Luis Obispo County is home to more than 250 wineries and many tasting rooms are a short drive away from Pismo Beach. The vast Central Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) includes 10 counties from San Francisco to Santa Barbara. Within this vast geographic region are several smaller AVAs with unique attributes. Two of these—Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley—lie just a few miles inland from Pismo Beach. Edna Valley The region’s rocky volcanic soils produce fruit with intense varietal character and complex flavors. It’s best known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. More than a dozen wineries have tasting rooms here. Arroyo Grande Valley This serpentine valley stretches 16 miles inland from Arroyo Grande, the town adjacent to southern Pismo Beach. The marine fog moves up the valley from the coast and cools the warm area during the summer, creating fruit with rich, concentrated flavors. Other AVAs within an hour’s drive of Pismo Beach. Paso Robles is San Luis Obispo County’s largest AVA and is home to more than 200 wineries. It encompasses several distinct growing regions, including cool areas west of Highway 101 and warm areas to the east. Cabernet, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and various Rhône varietals dominate the vineyard landscape. York Mountain is higher, wetter, cooler and much smaller than the sprawling Paso Robles AVA. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Syrah are grown here. Santa Maria Valley is best known for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but vineyards also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Sangiovese and Syrah. A dozen or so wineries are located here. 24 PHOTO: FAYE BAKER