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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  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Io

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

  • Claiborne & Churchill Vintners

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

  • Jekel

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

  • Corbett Canyon Vineyards

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

  • Treana Winery

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

  • 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

  • Estancia Gsm Reserve 2012


    A bit shy on the fruit. Bitter mid palate with a shortish finish. I'm not sure what the winemaker was trying to do with this wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Chateau Julien Merlot 2002


    It's 15 years old now, the oldest wine I ever had till today... and I'm not impressed. The flavor is good, in general - it's round, ripe red fruits with prunes and leather. It has nice short aftertaste and significant amount of sediment, at least according to my experience... don't shake it=) but I could get all that with younger wines and I don... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Brecon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Sirah Central Coast 2014


    Sweet fruit and savory spice on the nose with an herbed bouillon quality and crushed violets, dark blackberry preserves and black cherry. Spicy and rich on the palate with more dark black currant and blackberry fruit, dry tannins imparting a dark chocolate note and a finish of zesty black pepper, heat and earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Hey Lefty, gotta love the viognier.  Surprisingly enough, some of my ... ... viognier has come from the Central Coast, several wineries in Paso make excellent wine from this grape.  Two that come immediately to mind are Tablas and Anglim (although Anglim sources their grapes from Santa Maria Valley.  Love that white stone fruit mixed with hone... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier Virgin

  • Amour, thanks for sharing the Day Wine, I'm always looking for good, little ... ... Hard to believe this is Central Coast, it comes across more like a cool climate whit Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...

  • Treana Blanc 2014


    Soft talcum and powdered sugar aromas with baked apple and honey notes, ripe melon and a touch of cream. Fresh, light and delicate on the palate, with some oak, apple and melon notes, a bit of a floral character and a creamy oak spice and cinnamon apple finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Treana Chardonnay 2014


    Cool white peach and white blossom aromas on the nose with a bit of a grapey quality and some chamomile tea. Juicy pear and green apple flavors on the mouth with a touch of tart lemon and creamy vanilla notes through the mid palate with a finish with more butter, fresh apple and tea leaf. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Jacqueline Bahue Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2014


    A recent Naked Wines Selection and to me, a fine Pinot Noir. Pale translucent Ruby Red in the Glass. Opens with loads of fruit - ripe Cherry and Cranapple then moves off to earth, herbs, and Cherry, and then some vanilla/almond/pine/cedar and chocolate cherries. Not much of this with the exception of the almond/pine/cedar/cola continues to the... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • La Crema Pinot Noir Monterey 2012


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    Wine review by lesteyes

  • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Syrah-Shiraz 2014


    It has no smell to it. It is very harsh and made my stomach burn at first taste! I was really looking forward to trying a Coppala wine and Syrah is my wine of choice. So, this was very odd and disappointing. All I taste is...well nothing but heavy and not the typical syrah full body heavy. And that burn after. I got a tummy ache. I have had many... Read More

    Wine review by Coffee

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