If you follow my little map I have us in San Luis Obispo already.

Wine Tour


When my family vacations on the Central Coast we do not actually go through San Luis Obispo on the way to Cambria.

I went to San Luis Obispo first, as the Madonna Inn is to cool not to talk about quickly.  And San Luis Obispo is the heart of the region.

We actually take 41 to 46 to 101/46 to the 46 cutoff and head west to Cambria.

Got that?  There will be a quiz.



Although on the north end of the Central Coast region, it’s a convenient home base.

You are 15 minutes or so away from world famous Hearst Castle, 30 minutes from San Luis Obispo and about an hour away from the great beaches at Pismo Beach.

Hearst Castle has their own wine tasting on site at Hearst Ranch Winery.

As Conrad likes European wines, and has a thing for Portugal, I would recommend the 2010 Tempranillo “Chileano”.

The Winery describes it thusly:

Our winemaker is extremely passionate about Spanish wines. Thus, Chileano was born. Our vision with Chileano was to create a Tempranillo stylistically similar to the great wines of the Ribera del Duero in central Spain. Our Tempranillo is driven by ripe cherry aromas with hints of mocha and strawberry. Tame acidity and varietal fruit flavors on the palate allow our Chileano to drink well out of the gates and for the next 2-4 years.

This is as as close to Portugal as I can get you with the Hearst offerings, Conrad.

Hearst Castle is perched above the coastal fog within sight of the ocean and offers as astonishing view.

Built by William Randolph Hearst (Hearst Publishing) the Castle was home to many legendary Hollywood parties.

Portions of the castle were disassembled around the world and shipped to the location and reassembled in place.

The Castle is home to great works of art and any astonishingly beautiful tapestries are featured in the great halls.

It is a grand castle in every sense of the word.



Cambria itself is a small beach town, and a very popular destination.

My favorite part of Cambria is The Soldier Gallery, a hobby and collectibles shop.

Once at Cambria and the Central Coast, we typically spend a week or so, ranging  up and down the coast, with Cambria as home base.

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