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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Mick Fleetwood

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

  • Peralta Winery

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

  • Five Rivers Winery

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

  • Elliston Vineyards

    Henry had sufficient success to allow him to invest in an oceangoing ship to Hawaii and Mexico to...

  • 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

  • Bacon 2016

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    This is my personal favorite for any wine at this price point. I go wild for the sweet, woodsy taste with the perfect density that I really can drink with literately -- ANYTHING. I LOVE THIS WINE. For anyone who has not tried this wine yet, you are missing out. I filled my wine cellar with this since it makes a great entertainment beverage as we... Read More

    Wine review by marcelabella


  • Let me guess, Randy.  Aragon Wines specializes in Spanish wines.  It ... winery when we visited the Central Coast in October.  It's a 50/50 blend of Picpoul and Grenache Blanc.   Mucho fruit on entry--table grapes, kiwi, banana, nectarine.  Then some stoniness or minerality--probably, not black slate.  Very refreshing.  Since it is still summe... Read More

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  • Continuing with the Old Vines Zinfandel theme that I started ... wine that I ... wine that I picked up in our Central Coast visit, last October.This wine is clearly better than last night's. At approximately twice the price, it better be.  Red dried fruit on entry.  Surprising (for Zinfandel) savoriness.  Not the most full-bodied wine, but not... Read More

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  • Edna Valley Vineyard Central Coast Pinot Noir 2015

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    Jammy and unbalanced. Developed some spice on the second day but never became an enjoyable glass. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Emerald Bay Chardonnay 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by CindyinVB


  • Peter Vella Chardonnay 2001

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    I like this wine. I have tasted many Chardonnays and this one is better than most box or bottle. A very good everyday drinking wine. Read More

    Wine review by joerainey


  • Halter Ranch Rosé 2016

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    Fruity without too much sweetness. Nice summer wine Read More

    Wine review by Sally Smithy


  • James Bryant Hill Pinot Noir Central Coast 2015

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    nice, a bit sweet Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • San Antonio Winery Red Blend Central Coast American Cardinale 2006

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    This is an American version of Georgian / / Hvanchkara wine that is based on / / Aleksandrouli plus Mujuretuli / / vines. Of cause I don't know what's in that proprietary blend, but it tastes like that and it's nice! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Three Wine Company Old Vines Field Blend Contra Costa County 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


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