Before the Talley family made wine, they grew peppers, avocados, zucchini and more. In fact, in the Arroyo Grande Valley, the Talley's have more of a name for vegetable growing than winemaking. The balance, however, is swaying, if not shifting, as the family wine operation, started in 1982, has continued to pick up steam. The Talley vineyard holdings cover 190 acres in southern San Luis Obispo County. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah cover the Rincon Vineyard, Rosemary's Vineyard, Monte Sereno Vineyard, and Las Ventanas Vineyard, all located in the Arroyo Grande Valley. In the neighboring Edna Valley, Oliver's Vineyard and the Stone Corral Vineyard are planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Much of Talley's fruit is sold off to other producers, but with what's left they make some of the Central Coast's best wine. These are nicely focused, medium-bodied bottlings that never lack for fresh fruit flavor; the best releases show subtle wild notes of smoked meat, minerals, mocha and earth.