Tasting California's SLO Coast

Aaron Jackson in Derbyshire Vineyard

Current releases from this new AVA, explored in detail by Alder last week, tasted and reviewed. Above, winemaker Aaron Jackson working in Derbyshire Vineyard with the Pacific Ocean just over his shoulder.

I tried to source a wide variety of wines for this report, ranging from larger-production wines from some of the regions’s most established players to some of the smallest-production and most difficult-to-find wines made in the area. These more than 100 wines represent a significant cross-section of the region’s production and serve as an excellent indication of the quality and value that exists on the SLO Coast...