The wineries of San Luis Obispo were sounding awfully enticing while we were enduring triple digit temperatures in the northern parts of San Luis Obispo County. We checked out the SLO Wine website to see if any of the wineries were having any fun events on Sunday. We discovered that Wolff Vineyards Winery was having an event they called “Meet the Wolves”…we’re not talking about meeting the Wolff family but actual wolves. They were also having a popular food truck there called The Grilled Cheese Incident out of Los Osos, CA.
We expected to find some cooler weather, a typical Sunday afternoon crowd and some delicious wines. Well we only found one of those things there at Wolff Vineyards Winery! (I am referring to their delicious wines of course). The temperature was in the 90’s and we didn’t see an open seat anywhere, for that reason we decided amongst ourselves that we would come back another time. At that moment a really nice guy came up to us who must have seen the bewildered looks on our faces and offered his table to us as they were just leaving. We settled in to our chairs close by the outdoor bar and were almost immediately greeted by a tall handsome gentleman (I believe his name was Ken)to get us started on our tasting. He started us off with a delicious and refreshing 2012 Old Vine Chardonnay and an equally delicious 2013 Dry Alsatian Style Riesling. These were followed by some wonderful cooler climate red wines with the exception of a delicious blend from our favorite region–Paso Robles-the 2012 Red Wolf comprising of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Petit Verdot. We also made a new discovery of a varietal that none of us had heard of before, the Teroldego and we had a difficult time pronouncing (tehr-AWL-deh-go)which is an ancient varietal from the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. We were also informed that they only grow about 3 acres for this grape and it’s grown in only about 100 acres in the America and about 600 acres worldwide – the point is that it is a somewhat rare varietal. The wine was a deep garnet color and had a lively feel on the palate and bold yet soft tannins.
The 2012 Pinot Noir was as expected from this region, a nice Burgundian style with delicious flavors of strawberry and cherry and one flavor that I always tend to appreciate in a good Pinot Noir, just a hint of cola. It was rather superb. The 2012 Syrah and the 2012 Petite Syrah were great and it was cool to experience a wine produced in San Luis Obispo that is so prevalent in the Paso Robles region.
The whole atmosphere at Wolff Vineyards was really friendly and upbeat in spite of the oppressive heat and large crowd. Every staff member that we encountered was extremely friendly and helpful which says a lot under those conditions. We look forward to our next visit.
We finished off our visit of the wolves that WHAR Wolf Rescue brought to the event. She was a beautiful animal and seemed to have a sweet disposition as she was petted and admired by children and adults alike. We went on our way in search of a cooler environment and Avila Beach was sounding really good!