Raise a Glass to National Drink Wine Day

Did you know February 18th is National Drink Wine Day? Not like we need a formal excuse to raise our glass any day, but we're happy to celebrate this occasion on the calendar all the same!

Whether you're into a rosé of Pinot Noir, can't get enough oaked (or unoaked) Chardonnay, or quite prefer swirling Syrah, you're in the right place—SLO CAL.

You're sure to discover unforgettable wines and welcoming tasting room experiences across San Luis Obispo County. Here's what you need to know about 3 of SLO CAL's most desirable wine grapes:

PINOT NOIR

Bright cherry and raspberry notes often shimmy alongside hibiscus and clove in this glass where you can expect baking spice aromas and one silky smooth finish.

Not sure what to pair your Pinot with?

Try roasted pork for a flavorful win. Vegans and vegetarians don't worry, we gotcha covered too, consider pairing your next bottle of Pinot Noir with a creamy squash soup or earthy mushroom dish.

Oh, and consider laying down a few bottles of Pinot Noir for future celebrations, this wine can age 10+ years (not that we're capable of waiting that long!).

Taste and take home your new favorite cool-climate Pinot Noir at Kynsi Winery in Arroyo Grande or Chamisal in Edna Valley.

CHARDONNAY

Not sure about Chardonnay?

Maybe you haven't tried the right one for you.

Oaked doesn't necessarily translate to a butter bomb—there are a number of winning choices to suit your sophisticated palate including those that highlight refreshing notes of pineapple or apple (really!). Aaaaand if unoaked (stainless) Chardonnay is more your style, you're in luck. Both Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande and Tolosa Winery in Edna Valley offer popular stainless Chardonnay selections.

One of our favorite Chardonnay food pairings is triple-cream brie served with Honeycrisp apple slices and drizzled with local honey.

SYRAH

Time to swim in the luscious realm of Syrah. A rich Rhône grape whose flavor profile can claim notes of plum, chocolate, and peppercorn—this fruit packs a powerfully nuanced punch in every sip.

Here in SLO CAL we love our BBQ and Syrah makes a seriously delicious pairing with medium-rare tri-tip.

Find award-winning Syrah at Stolo Vineyards in Cambria or Tablas Creek in Paso Robles. Now for a toast, to savoring SLO CAL wine all year long! Cheers to you.