My Last Post

Hello Wine Lovers

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It saddens me to say that this will be my final post for this blog. It’s been a unique experience in that I was able to venture out in the central coast to a few wineries and explore the vineyards the 805 has to offer. In that regard, it has been great. Still being relatively new to the area, I did get lost a few times on my way to some of this vineyards.

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Inside the barrel room at Wolff Vineyards Photo by Joel Escareno

One of my earlier assignments, I went to Wolff Vineyards. So I grabbed my recording equipment (pencil, paper, and an audio recorder) and was off to Wolff. So I arrived at the destination to only find out that I was at the Edna Valley Vineyard. I looked at my map on the phone, and it said I was at Wolff, which was not the case.

So I went inside the tasting room and asked the nice bartender for directions to my location and she has kind enough to help. You would think google maps would be able to know the difference between Edna Valley Vineyard and Wolff Vineyards. Alas that was not that case.

Jeez… talk about first world problems.

Red or White

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Tolosa 2010 Central Coast Merlot… Photo by Joel Escareno

My Preference

Hello wine lovers and welcome. So, red wine or white wine? Which do you prefer? which do I prefer? Me personally, I enjoy red more than white. Here is why, white wine to me is just too sweet. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good white and there are a lot of good options out there, but generally, white wines have too much of a fruity flavor, which I don’t mind, however it’s not my preferred choice. I just prefer smelling and tasting the flavors and aromas of red wines a lot more then their counterpart. Here is a short list of a few common ingredients found in whites:

And here is a list of a few common ingredients found in reds:

So what do studies say?

The Washington Post wrote an article that states that most Americans prefer red wine over white. According to the article, only Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa purchase more whites then red. And North Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, and Pennsylvania buy red wine about 60 percent of the time.

The rest of the states also preferred red over white, but it didn’t approach the same percentage as the four other states mentioned. No data existed for Utah, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Rhode Island, and Alaska.

California Polytechnic State University, did a study in 2013 and “found that over 60 percent of respondents preferred red wine to white.”

So the numbers suggest that the majority of wine drinkers are purchasing more red wines then white. What do you guys think? Red or White? Leave a comment and explain which type of wine you prefer.

Red Wine and Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound found in certain plants and in red wine that has antioxidant properties and has been investigated for possible anticarcinogenic effects. So how does it affect human health and why does it matter? 60 minutes did a piece on just that, so check it out and of course drink responsibly.

Central coast wineries and their locations

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The Edna Valley in the central coast. Photo by Joel Escareno.
Hello wine lovers and welcome. So you are in the central coast and you have a certain urge for wine tasting, you know because you like the stuff. And you say to yourself, “Where can I enjoy a good local wine,” but you have no idea where to go. You begin to use Google and start scrolling up and down through your smart phone in search for the perfect place. You are undecided, and know nothing about the wineries that are displayed on your phone. Don’t fear, my interactive map is here.

My map below informs you of local wine businesses in the San Luis Obispo County. Each winery has their distinct aura to them, so I would recommend organizing a whole day or weekend with your friends and family and explore the countless vineyards in the area. So pack a picnic and explore some of these wineries, and of course drink responsibly.

Click on the pins in the map below to learn about a few local wineries in the county.