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

  • Jekel

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

  • L'Aventure Winery

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

  • Rancho Roble Vineyards

    Mark and Therese Adams have deep roots in vine growing and wine making and they have planted thes...

  • Jorian Hill Vineyards

    As vintners, Gary and Jeanne Newman approach Jorian Hill with passion, and without pretension, as...

  • Winery Exchange

    Echelon wines are created for celebrations. And not just the big ones, the obvious occasions – we...

  • Io

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

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • 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


  • Big Basin Vineyards Grizzly 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Bridlewood Estate Winery Pinot Noir California 2014

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    Light cherry aromas are somewhat dusty and quite fruity and a touch floral. Very fruit forward with a medicinal creamy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2014

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    Cool and floral on the nose with elderflower and tea leaf aromas and fruit notes of lemon zest and green apple. This has a bit of herbal leaf up front with pleasant peach and green apple notes, touches of vanilla and oak through the center and a finish that is yeasty and tart in equal measure with a bit of cedar and toast to finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Los Alisos Chardonnay Santa Barbara County 2007

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    After forgetting about my second bottle of this one, had it with lunch yesterday afternoon. Terrific Chardonnay, though a bit heavy-handed with the Oak. Rich and Buttery, though with a surprisingly thin mouthfeel. Caramel, Toffee, dried Fruit - with a long finish of Vanilla, Oak, Caramel, and bite of Spice. Balanced Acidity. Overall - lovely. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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