VOLUME 9, ISSUE 46
August 25, 2014
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Charles Heintz Vineyards: Getting to Know Winegrower Charlie Heintz and the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah from His Very Special Vineyard Lucienne: Very Special Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands Formaglini Vineyards Sips of Recently Tasted Wines A New Wave of Outstanding Print Wine Magazines Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal Paul Clifton, Director of Winemaking, Hahn Estates
The name Tolosa is drawn from Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, which established the first vineyard in the Edna Valley and produced the most well-known wines of early California. Tolosa's sustainably-farmed vineyards are located in the coastal hills of San Luis Obispo. The winery's founders are attorney/winemaker Bob Schiebelhut and viticulturist Jim Eifird who formed a partnership in 1998 and began planting their Edna Ranch Estate vineyards in 1990. Today, the vineyards have grown to 740 acres, with the majority in the Edna Valley.
The top 10% of Tolosa grape production is dedicated to the Tolosa brand. Winemaker Larry Brooks focuses on small production estate wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
The winery tasting room features a cork floor and glass bar and has received numerous design awards. It is located at 4910 Edna Road in San Luis Obispo is open daily from 11:00 to 5:00. A self-guided tour of the facility is offered and a tranquil outdoor picnic area is peaceful. The wines are also sold online.
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