The West is wine country

The West is home to the country's best wine regions. Explore them all and taste their best offerings, from the cult cabs of Napa to the Pinots of Willamette Valley

Top 15 secret wine country escapes

Experience wine country without the crowds in these under-the-radar spots for sipping

South San Luis Obispo County, CA

South San Luis Obispo County, CA

Beachgoer oenophiles will want to hit up this scenic region 90 miles north of Santa Barbara in Arroyo Grande and Edna Valleys. Beautifully balanced Chardonnays are the big draw, but then there are the Spanish and Rhône varietals, followed by oyster slurping on the coast. Favorite spots to sip include Baileyana (pictured; includes Tangent, Trenza, and Zocker), Chamisal, Claiborne & Churchill, Talley, and Wolff. For a natural diversion, go wildflower-watching at the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in April (dunescenter.org). The Casitas of Arroyo Grande B&B, with fireplaces and a 25-meter swimming pool, make for a great stay (from $199; casitasag.com).

More: Insider Guide to CA's Central Coast

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