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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  • 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

  • Wente Vineyards

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

  • 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...

  • Peralta Winery

    Peralta Family Wine Company is dedicated to representing wines of such astonishing quality, and a...

  • Concannon Vineyard

    They could speak, the rocks of Concannon Vineyard would tell a tale rich in history. Concannon...

  • Rancho Roble Vineyards

    Mark and Therese Adams have deep roots in vine growing and wine making and they have planted thes...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay Santa Lucia 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Vanessa Fairbank


  • Workman Ayer Ipso Facto Central Coast California 2014

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    Rich and fruity aromas of dried apricot and white peach on the nose with floral elderflower and sweet spice aromas. This is thick and emollient in the mouth with more floral notes of rose petal and white blossom, soft lychee and melon fruit notes and good minerality towards the mid palate and a soft lemon cream towards the finish. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ridge & Furrow Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Another Tasting Room Selection; Opens with Butterscotch, Cherries, & Cranberries; then Baking Yeast and Plum; finishes up with Toffee and Raisin and a bit of Leather and Mint; Medium and smooth mouthful. A bit too Fruit forward and a bit too young for my taste Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • This morning I was pontificating in the coffee shop about wine bottle labeling. ... was, say, 50% RRV and 50% Central Coast--or, gasp, 100% Central Coast.So, what organization is responsible for verifying the veracity of wine labels? Has anybody ever heard of a winery that has been sanctioned for or even accused of violating labeling law Read More

    Forum post in the topic Who Monitors Labels?


  • Wayside Wine Central Coast 2013

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    A recent Tasting Room quarterly Wine selection. Pale Gold in the glass; opens with Green Apple, Lime, & Kiwi; off to a bit of Melon and more Lime; Honey, Oak, and Cedar. Most of these carry over to the palate with more notes of Honey and Fig. Medium body, nicely balanced, fruit forward, with medium acidity. Long finish with a bit of Oak, White P... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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