Central Coast Wine


Central Coast is a vast AVA that spans between Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay area in the north, touching six counties within the state of California. This huge expanse encompasses a diverse array of microclimates and growing conditions and is responsible for fifteen percent of the state’s total wine production.

The sub-AVA’s within Central Coast are:
  • San Francisco Bay
  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Salado Creek

~Amanda Schuster


– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • L'Aventure Winery

    Stephan Asseo left Bordeaux to fulfill his dream of creating handcrafted Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon...

  • Mick Fleetwood

    Welcome to Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar. Prom humble beginnings of the concept in 2001 to our cu...

  • David Bruce Winery

    David Bruce Winery has earned an international reputation throughout its nearly four decades for ...

  • Clos LaChance Winery

    Clos LaChance is a family-owned and operated winery located in San Martin, CA. The winery focuses...

  • Camelot Winery & Vineyards

    The name Camelot evokes the magical kingdom of King Arthur’s court where beauty, goodness and har...

  • Jorian Hill Vineyards

    As vintners, Gary and Jeanne Newman approach Jorian Hill with passion, and without pretension, as...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Firefly Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2014


    No written review

    Wine review by jd98

  • Sanford Pinot Noir la Rinconada Vineyard 2012


    very good balance of fruits, oak, and mild spices. comparable to 1er Cru Burgundy. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Longwave Central Coast Red Blend 2014


    Another Tasting Room selection. Nothing special and nothing worth having again, but very easy drinking.Site description seems accurate. 'Packed with aromas of ripe cherry and wild berry, this red wine blend is sure to please. Cherry and wild berry flavors continue on the palate where they are joined by a kick of white pepper and sweet vanilla.' Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Meiomi Pinot Noir 2015


    As GDP stated this is not my style of pinot, especially young and this needs 2-3 more years of aging. Plenty of fruit with earthy and chocolate nuances coming out first with a spice note following. 88 pts - Paul, hold. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Macmurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast 2014


    Raspberry and strawberry aromas with a touch of mushroom earthiness and cinnamon spice. Boldly fruity on the palate, this comes with bright cherry and raspberry flavors, is quite spicy with good acidity and a finish of dark earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Chardonnay Diamond Collection 2012


    For the price it's great! Read More

    Wine review by Bunnies

  • Edna Valley Vineyard Merlot 2014


    Dark blackberry preserves and black currant fruit with black pepper and an oak note on the nose. Dry and drying on the palate with driving tannins and notes of dark chocolate, black olive and full fruit flavors of blackberry, black cherry and a smoky, mineral earthiness continuing to dry out the mouth through to the finish that brings an organic... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • OT, not you?  Okay, it's Dmcker, which I can figure out even with my ... differently.  Calera Central Coast is all purchased grapes.  Calera SVDs are not.I'm not guessing for others, having learned my lesson.  I am going to say that the 2008 Spring Mountain Cab is a head turning wine. I just sent a friend up there and she raved about the wine.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2016 Snooth Secret Santa -...

  • Grayson Cellars Zinfandel Central Coast 2015


    Gorgeous depth of aromas and flavors. A definite winner in a comparative tasting.93pts. Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt

  • Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2012


    Not to bad - more of the softer syrah style, black and blue fruits and aromas with gamey notes, peppery tones, chocolate and herbs. Nice finish of moderate length equals pleasurable drinking. Drink now - Paul. 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

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