A couple of weeks ago, my brother Patrick and his girlfriend Katie, along with my husband and I, stopped at Chamisal Vineyards. A first time for Rick and I but a return visit for Patrick and Katie. Chamisal Vineyards is in Edna Valley, a viticulture region of San Luis Obispo. A close distance to the ocean, the area has ancient sea life characteristics in the soil and a cool foggy morning/sunny afternoon climate which creates interesting complexities in the varietals. A personal side note: Rick and I were married in Edna Valley and the wine we had at our wedding was from various wineries in Edna Valley.
What makes Chamsial such a special winery is that it is the first established vineyard in Edna Valley, but what I liked about it was the openness of the tasting room and outdoor area as well as the exceptional views, a perfect way to spend a couple of hours and enjoy a packed lunch with great wine. The tasting room is modern and rustic, and has a great staff. I can imagine they throw a lot of great wine events and parties.
A couple of my memorable tastings was the 2009 Estate Chardonnay, now I have mentioned in the past that I am not a big white wine drinker, so when I really enjoy a white wine I always feel it is worth mentioning. I find some white wines overly tart or overwhelmingly sweet, but this was buttery and had a mildly coconut and pineapple taste. We purchased a bottle and I am still planning an exceptional dinner. Coconut nut crusted halibut? The Chamisal Syrah was also quite enjoyable with an abundant nose of berries and plum with peppery, smokey notes and a smooth finish.
Chamisal is a prime destination if you are tasting in San Luis Obispo, come for the wine and stay for the gorgeous ambiance.
Also, I must add they are having a Lobsterfest event the first weekend in August. Visit the website for more information.