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Great new wine shop and bar in San Luis Obispo

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007 at 5:30 pm in Uncategorized.

Never mind my shock to discover Taste, a progressive wine bar owned by the San Luis Obispo Vintners Association, on a trip to SLO last year. Now there’s another groovy wine (and cheese) bar on the opposite end of town called Monterey St. Wine Co. It’s at 1255 Monterey St., walking distance from both Cal Poly and downtown. I discovered it a few weeks ago, on a trip to interview Andrew Firestone at his new property in Paso Robles.

Unlike Taste, which focuses on wines from SLO, Monterey St. Wine Co is a sort of Wine Thieves meets Taste, without the fancy machines of course. In addition to 125 wines from all over the world including local stuff, the staff at Monterey St. offers out of the ordinary vintages and hard to find cheeses, from Portugal and Spain to Switzerland and Italy. And, like Wine Thieves, the majority of bottles are quite affordable, as in under $15. I got a bottle of 2001 Changala Cabernet (Paso Robles) for less than $15. I also picked up some Gruner Veltliner that comes in a green ale bottle. Looking forward to trying that.

The store has a bar with several stools, and the attendant there knew his wines. I got the feeling you could try whatever was open at the time. At least that’s the treatment we received!

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