The Heart of the California Central Coast Wine Region Is…

There is some debate about where the Heart of Rock and Roll Is.

I think Huey settled it pretty well by saying the heart is everywhere!



Yet on the matter of where the Heart of the Central Coast is I think there’s little room for debate.

It’s San Luis Obispo.

San Luis Obispo is inland, so gets occasional coastal fog, yet is solidly located within a delicious Mediterranean climate.

They have a wonderful walkable downtown featuring Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, and wonderful eateries.

One of my favorite stops is the Madonna Inn.  It’s so named because Madonna lost her bustier there in 1987 on the Like A Virgin Tour.

I kid!



The Madonna Inn is an International Landmark destination and features individually themed and decorated rooms.

I remember being on a tour as a child and being surprised to see a heart shaped bed!  Oh the imagination roamed upon seeing that room!

The rooms range from kitschy to more subdued, but it’s definitely at least worth a tour if in the area, even if you don’t stay in the hotel.



And the wine is to die for.  Or perhaps you should not die, just slowly toast your liver as you enjoy your wine.  That seems the more reasonable response.

Conrad has complained that my wine blogs are short on actual wine.

So i shall discuss the seafood!  It’s fresh!  It’s delicious!  And my favorite restaurant for seafood in San Luis Obispo is The Splash Cafe.

They are well known for their delicious clam chowder in a bread bowl.

They also have  a location near the wharf in Pismo if you head south to the beach.

It’s absolutely delicious!  And a nice homey little cafe.  It’s reasonably priced as well.

Onto the wine!

I’m kinda bummed.  I was all set to talk about a great wine but my sons computer build failed.  I’ve been looking into it, but i suspect he fried the mother board.

So we will have to wait to hear about the great wines of the region until next time!

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