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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Corbett Canyon Vineyards

    Corbett Canyon is a winery located in San Luis Obispo, California. Originally produced entirely...

  • Kinderwood

    Kinderwood California Vine Classics are premium wines from the California Coastal appellation. T...

  • Windy Ridge Winery

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

  • Five Rivers Winery

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

  • Castle Rock Winery

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

  • Jekel

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

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Qupe Chardonnay Y Block Santa Barbara County 2014

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    Old world in style, shy on the nose, nice acidity with a tannin free finish. Reminds me of Macon Villages and at the same price point. On the second day this wine developed a more fruit forward nose and a tropical palate as well as a little butter. Nice wine, I recommend it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2015

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    This is an amazing chard for the price, or any price. It is rich but light, balanced acidity, beautiful complex oak, a great glass to drink for sheer pleasure or to pair with almost any food. It is strong enough to stand up to rich red meat, and balanced enough to make a delicate grilled orata come to life. Reliable every year, Lohr is a bargain... Read More

    Wine review by MONYC


  •  I put in "California" and it gave me exactly one restaurant in ... I'm driving up to the Central Coast, it might be fun to stop in Los Alamos and check out Pico.  However, their wine list is pretty darned comprehensive.  It would be presumptious of me to think that I had to rely on my collection because I couldn't find a wine off their list t... Read More

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  • Justin Isosceles 2014

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    E had it at Eddie's. Is a blend of cab, cab franc and merlot Read More

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Woodwork Zinfandel 2013

    Snoothrank:

    This Zinfandel was bought for $4.99 on a closeout at Trader Joe's. It's normally supposed to be a roughly $15 bottle. At $5 it was a screaming bargain. It compares quite nicely to the zinfandels I've been getting for $4-$8 at Grocery Outlet on similar closeouts. I wish this were still available at Trader Joe's, as I would surely pick up a c... Read More

    Wine review by Dougman


  • La Crema Monterey Pinot Gris 2015

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    Very nicely ripe but a bit bitter from what seems to be overextraction. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Night Train 2006

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    The perfect wine for a night by the fire with my favorite Thai ladyboyz. Slight tanins with a touch of blackberry and toffee, delicious! Read More

    Wine review by Lemont


  • Night Train 2006

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    Ripe aromas of fig, blackberry and cassis are softened and sweetened by a slathering of oaky chocolate and vanilla. This is full, layered, intense and cushioned on the palate, with rich flavors of chocolaty black fruits and baking spices. A toasty, everlasting finish is heady but ideally balanced. I did end end passed out for 17 hours in a field... Read More

    Wine review by Lemont


  • Rock Rabbit Central Coast Zinfandel 2014

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    This not very zinfandel like IMO. Mostly red fruit, plum with a tad bit of dark cherry. A little spice adds in with medium chewy tannins and goos acidity. It's decent wine, just a very different zin. 87 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • ALL PROPERLY CELLARED California CollectionSpottswoode CS, Napa 2006  ... ... JPYWilliams-Selym Port, Central Coast "Mistral Vineyard" $30/3,500 JPYTHE ENTIRE CA COLLECTION 8 BOTTLES $400/45,000 French CollectionSalon, Champagne, 1995 $675/76,000 JPY (GREAT DEAL!!!)Cht. Sociando-Mallet, Bordeaux, 2001  $60/7,000 JPYE.A.R.L. Pierre Ussegilo & F... Read More

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