April 3, 2015
As part of San Luis Obispo Wine Country's 'Roll Out The Barrels' 25th Anniversary, Center of Effort will be opening our cellar doors every Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. of April for a rare opportunity to taste our wines. Center of Effort's first weekend of April 3rd will have the following hours from 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., April 4th from 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M., and closed on Easter Sunday.
It is a rare occasion when we open our cellar to the public in anything but a very limited fashion. ‘Roll out the Barrels 2015’ is a great opportunity to meet the people and the place behind our exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. A special Pinot Noir flight with two seperate guided tasting times will be offered Sunday April 12th at 11 A.M & 2 P.M. for $20. A special Chardonnay flight with two seperate guided tasting times will be offered Sunday April 26th at 11 A.M & 2 P.M. for $20.
August 29, 2014
Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate recently reviewed wines from our region including fiveof our Center of Effort Wines. They were very well liked; he finished by stating, "These wines are solid across the board."
August 15, 2014
92pts. - Center of Effort Wines, Pinot Noir Edna Valley Estate 2011; $45 Deep ruby color; deep, berry/cherry aromas with spice and vanilla notes; complex, ripe cherry flavors with spice and oak notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Forward, deep Pinot with great texture.
August 1, 2014
91 pts. - Center of Effort 2011 Chardonnay (Edna Valley); $30 This wine hails from an estate that dates back to 1978, but was more recently purchased by San Luis Obispo developer Rob Rossi and Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson. They assembled a 'dream team' of grower Kevin Wilkinson (of Tally Vineyards and Coastal Vineyard Services) and winemakers Mike Sinor and Nathan Carlson. The wine boasts a lifting nose of cream, hazelnut and baked apples, then dances across the palate with lemon-zest and flint flavors. -MK
June 20, 2014
As part of San Luis Obispo Wine Country's 'Roll Out The Barrels' weekend, Center of Effort will be opening our cellar doors for a rare public open house this weekend! We'll be open from Saturday 6/21 from 11am-4pm and Sunday 6/22 from 11am-3pm.
It is a rare occasion when we open our cellar to the public in anything but a very limited fashion. ‘Roll out the Barrels 2014’ is a great opportunity to meet the people and the place behind our exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Short vineyard walks will be offered on Saturday, while 'Barrel Sample Sunday' will showcase samples of our Chardonnay fermented in French Oak, Acacia, and Concrete. Small bites will be provided by Maegan Loring.
The open house is free for Roll Out The Barrels passport holders. To purchase a "Passport To Wine Country" and learn more about Roll Out The Barrels,visit the SLO Wine Country website.
We will also be featuring a selection of six wines from Center of Effort and Sinor-Lavalee that will be available for a discounted price. Can't make the event? We're working to make the six-pack special available online. Stay tuned for more information!
Our six pack sampler will include:
1-2013 Sinor LaVallee Pinot Gris, SLO County
1-2012 Sinor LaVallee Pinot Noir, SLO County
1-2012 Sinor LaVallee Syrah, SLO County
1-2013 EFFORT Rosé of Pinot Noir, Edna Valley AVA
1-2011 Center of Effort Chardonnay, Edna Valley AVA
1-2010 EFFORT Pinot Noir, Edna Valley AVA
Retail Price: $151
Roll Out the Barrels Price: $120
June 19, 2014
Roll Out The Barrels, the summer's biggest wine event in SLO Wine Country, kicks off tonight with Barrels in Missin Plaza. This gathering of food and wine pairs local wineries and restaurants together to let locals sample the best of SLO County.
Center of Effort will be attending and pouring at the event, pairing up with Sinor-Lavallee and Bliss Cafe. We'll be bringing along our v.2013 EFFORT Pinot Noir Rosé, v.2010 EFFORT Pinot Noir, and v.2011 Center of Effort Chardonnay.
If you're interested in attending, you can still by tickets online at SLOWine.com! We also invite you to join us for our open house this Saturday and Sunday, as part of Roll Out The Barrels.
May 1, 2013
90 pts. - Center of Effort 2010 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley); $40 A big strong Pinot with pure, focused flavors of raaspberry cream, cherry cobbler, and plenty of oak. Edna Valley is an integral part of the package. What it lacks in subtle complexity, it is more than makes up for in sheet power. -SH
February 2, 2012
Kathy Marcks Hardesty reviewed Center of Effort Pinot Noir as well as Effort 2009 Pinot Noir. They were very well liked stating that, "experience matters."
July 1, 2011
95 pts WE - Center of Effort 2008 Pinot Noir (Edna Valley); $40 One of the best Edna Valley Pinot Noirs ever. This region normally produces Pinots with crisp acidity and fine varietal character, and so it is here, with its cherry, black raspberry, red currant, and sandalwood flavors. But there's extra depth and complexity, with a wildly exotic, spicy edge, that lift the wine into greatness. Right up there with the best of coastal California. Hard to tell where it's going, but give it a good decant before serving. Editor's Choice. -SH