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...

  • 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

  • Camelot Winery & Vineyards

    The name Camelot evokes the magical kingdom of King Arthur’s court where beauty, goodness and har...

  • Cycles Gladiator Wines

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

  • Five Rivers Winery

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

  • Rancho Roble Vineyards

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

  • Wente Vineyards

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

  • Claiborne & Churchill Vintners

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

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Five Rivers Pinot Noir 2012


    A light pinot. Very fruity, mainly raspberry, cherry with some strawberry. Not sophisticated, but pleasant and interesting to drink. A good companion to lighter food, fresh pasta with fresh tomatoes or shrimp or salmon. Read More

    Wine review by gwyneddgal

  • Muirwood Pinot Noir 2008


    Over oaked, but well balanced otherwise. Lush fruit. The oak is the first thing I got. Sitting in the fridge, this held up well and the oak diminished. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • No, the fog there is somewhat different.  All the fog forms as a result of ... movement of the fog on the Central Coast is more uniform (mostly) because they don't get the huge effect from the Central Valley.  The Central Coast is unusual because they have a number of small east -west running valleys.  So the inland areas heat up (SLO is a lot ... Read More

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  • Rose 2013


    Salmon coloredthat is the way to describe it. A very floral/fruity nose. Fruitiness (One might be inclined to say it is sweet, but it is not.) is also the first impression in the mouthstrawberry as much as anythingbut then there is a great refreshing tartness. Then, an effervescence sensation. Easy drinking summer wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco 2011


    I'd never tried prosecco before, so I didn't know what to expect. It wasn't bad, just not to my liking. Read More

    Wine review by hoodie86

  • Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by hoodie86

  • Beringer California Red Moscato


    It wasn't a bad wine, just a bit too strong for me at first sip. I had to add some macerated fruit to cut down on the burn and up the sweetness, which helped considerably. Read More

    Wine review by hoodie86

  • Deep Sea Red 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by poconopixie

  • That wine is, probably, not worth much.  An on-line search yielded ... ... wines from the California Central Coast.The term "Proprietor's Reserve" on the label has no legal definition for California wines.  So, marketing people have, pretty much, free reign to stick it on there to try to give the impression that the wine has some special or va... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Well, we've been catching up on a lot of things on our return to the Inland ... ... from California (mostly, Central Coast), but I thought the two Viogniers from Veritas and Sunset Hills--each with a bit of Petit Manseng--were quite refreshing.  The afore-mentioned Breaux could be easily swapped for any California Central Coast example and you ... Read More

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