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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Varietals Produced in Central Coast View all

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Windy Ridge Winery

    In 1985 we purchased the vineyard which had been planted in 1978 by Dr Chris Hill. We built the...

  • Five Rivers Winery

    Throughout literature, in both modern and ancient times, there have been five basic elements that...

  • David Bruce Winery

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

  • Corbett Canyon Vineyards

    Corbett Canyon is a winery located in San Luis Obispo, California. Originally produced entirely...

  • Wente Vineyards

    Founded more than 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated f...

  • Cycles Gladiator Wines

    Cycles Gladiator symbolizes a celebration of the freedom and happiness that pervaded Europe in...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... particularly in the Central Coast, gets little precipitation.  Many vineyards out there remain dry-farmed though and brings those yields down quite a bit.  But the lack of drip irrigation also forces young vines to send roots way down deep which makes them a li... Read More

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  • Lincourt Chardonnay Courtneys 2011

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    Since Leslie Renaud became the winemaker at Lincourt their wines have diminished in quality. I will never buy Lincourt wines until they hire a different winemaker. Read More

    Wine review by Chazz1


  • Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ericsbrown


  • Windrun Pinot Noir 2012

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    very smooth, with nice finish Read More

    Wine review by wsburns


  • Corbett Canyon White Zinfadel

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    Low rating because I couldn't even drink the wine. The plastic dispenser was so tight I couldn't turn it to get wine out. Never had this problem with any other brand of white zin before. This was the first and last time I will buy this brand. Read More

    Wine review by Hawks7299


  • Granite Coast Vineyards Red Blend 2013

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    Well balanced, medium body. A bit of minerality, which was pleasantly expected.I might have liked a bit less because it represented more acidity. More black fruit on the palate. Good price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Joel Gott Pinot Noir 2013

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    Really very good. Mouthwatering juice primarily red berry fruits, raspberry and cherry with chewy medium fine tannins, earthy notes and bright acidity. Good aftertaste with medium length. Drink now. 89 points Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Fort Cellars 2012

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    Well balanced merlot, black fruit with a bit of oak. Not overly tannic. Good price point. A hint of white pepper on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Last night we drank a Lafond Syrah SRH from (duh!) the Santa Rita HIlls.  ... come to expect from so many Central Coast Syrahs.  (I'm leaving out Qupe, which has disappointed me recently for other reasons, but isn't overly sweet-tasting.)  This is balanced with tannins, some savory notes of smoky meat, good acid, and still that dark plum/black... Read More

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  • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay Santa Lucia 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Vanessa Fairbank


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