Embracing Italian varietals

ItalianA handful of San Luis Obispo County wineries are seeking to give the country its due and prove that world-class Italian wines can be grown and made on the Central Coast.


Formal wines, informal training

DesparadaWhat it takes to garner acclaim as an independent winemaker: Unbounded creativity, a fine-tuned palate, heartfelt passion and the drive to work hard and take risks. What’s not a critical part of that equation: Formal training in enology. Meet four winemakers who took non-traditional routes to their craft.