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

  • Treana Winery

    The Hope family has been growing grapes in Paso Robles for thirty years. Today, as Hope Family Wi...

  • L'Aventure Winery

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

  • Jekel

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

  • Io

    Syrah is a Persian Blue elixir teeming with flavors and textures that are well beyond the reach o...

  • Mick Fleetwood

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

  • Wente Vineyards

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

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • 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


  • Sphere Monterey County Pinot Noir 2014

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    For me to like a pinot noir, it has to be full bodied, like Russian River Valley. This one nails it. Black fruit. Well balanced. Found at Trader Joe's. Fantastic price point. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Hahn Winery Meritage Red Blend 2013

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    Nice little number, if a bit too easy to drink. Smooth and full in the mouth, with enough interest of fruit, coffee, spice and oak. Good everyday drinker, and perhaps rating this too high for what it is, but at this price point, a sure bet. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Humble Pie Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Had at Breckenridge Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


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