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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Zinfandel

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

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Peralta Winery

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

  • Castle Rock Winery

    The mission of Castle Rock is to produce and sell the highest quality premium wines at affordable...

  • Wente Vineyards

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

  • L'Aventure Winery

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

  • Camelot Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Windy Ridge Winery

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

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2012


    All alcohol on the nose, not a hint of fruit. Very acidic with a slightly bitter finish. Suspect it is corked. Very disappointed. The 2011 was wonderful, will have to try another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Kynsi Pinot Noir Edna Valley Estate Stone Corral Vineyard 2010


    A Robust Pinot Noir. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Ojai Vineyard Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2012


    Something of an herbal nose, but, then, some cherry fruit hints. Serious cherry flavor on entry to the palate. Once I get over that, its a pretty good wine. A medium-bodied winealmost insignificant tannin or acid--that would be nice with a grilled game hen or a pork chop. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Echelon Pinot Noir 2011


    My favorite wine.. In a word? Velvet Read More

    Wine review by reneeannbutler

  • Carson Ridge Chardonnay Central Coast 2012


    Fairly benign central coast chardonnay. Not much going on here, kind of ordinary with a touch of lemon pith but somewhat on the flat side. There's medium to light acidity with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Zinfandel Central Coast 2011


    Smells like Im sawing wood, that slightly smoky note as the blade heats up, raw wood, piney and resiny. I dont know why I would ever put this in my mouth after smelling this nose. A bit thick on entry and fairly tannic, this is moderately rich though a bit on the tough side with some thick flavors of plum and blackberry fruit embedded in raw, de... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Project Paso Zinfandel Old Vine 2010


    Smoky and decidedly oaky on the nose, redolent of vanilla, ginger, toasted baking spices and cola along with some zinberry fruit. Smooth and supple in the mouth with a nice blend of bright acids and polished little tannins supporting juicy and very fresh brambly raspberry fruit flavors. the oak is obvious in the mouth as well but it plays mostl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dahlia Pinot Noir Monterey County 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by neillk

  • Montoya Chardonnay 2012


    Fairly simple chard from Monterey County. A decent bit of oak on the nose and palate with butterscotch, soft lemon pith, medium finish and medium acidity. Pretty good QPR for a mid-week quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Clos Lachance Viognier Santa Clara County Estate 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore

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