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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Popular wines made in Central Coast under $20

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  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Jekel

    Jekel Vineyards, founded in 1972, is recognized as one of the early pioneers in crafting world-cl...

  • 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...

  • Claiborne & Churchill Vintners

    Claiborne & Churchill is a small, family owned and operated winery, founded in 1983 and located i...

  • Cycles Gladiator Wines

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

  • David Bruce Winery

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

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2011


    Darkly colored in the glass with a black cherry nose. Tastes of dark fruit a little tartness and a soft tannic finish. Balanced and very smooth. There is a clarity of taste in this wine that is hard to describe, very clean. 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Seaglass Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2011


    Nice Read More

    Wine review by jwgwine

  • Seaglass Pinot Gris 2011


    Nice Read More

    Wine review by jwgwine

  • Welcome, Nick!Where in the central coast? Any interesting wines from there or elsewhere you've drunk recently? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • So I'm sure like many of you, it was inevitable that I stumbled across this ... I've lived in CA's central coast I have increased my taste for new and exciting wines. I'm always up for further developing my wine knowledge and taste, but most of all enriching good times with great wine, dishes, and even better company.I look forward to the futur... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • "smelled like a pig farm on a 100degree Central Valley day"Only someone who's been there can truly appreciate that ripe, 'barnyard' analogy. A sweetness to the rotten funk, with a crisp edge that you don't get from a hot and damp pigfarm on the Gulf Coast or southern Japan, or a cool and damp one in northern Britain. Or maybe I'm just thinking o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine?

  • Cycles Gladiator Syrah 2010


    Spicy on the nose, and floral, with nice complexity and balance to the array of perfumes that include sweet, toasty oak, black pepper, slightly jammy plummy fruit and lots of peppery spice. Its all a bit obvious, and the oak is a bit harsh, but its well balanced. Smooth and suple. Really remarkably so for a wine at this price. This is a bit cre... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Velvet Crush Crush Master's Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT

  • Emark, you sat through Beethoven's Fifth twice?  I could research, ... This walked up to the "Central Coast berry pie" line but did not cross it.  More Crozes-Hermitage than Hermitage, but, again, lots of good bloody flavor over those fruits and more lovely tannins.  It's grown at 2000 feet altitude.  If you live near a Wine Thieves store, the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Twisted Wine Cellars Zinfandel Old Vine 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by dj71

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