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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

Popular Wineries in Central Coast View all

  • Cycles Gladiator Wines

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

  • Clos LaChance Winery

    Clos LaChance is a family-owned and operated winery located in San Martin, CA. The winery focuses...

  • Peralta Winery

    Peralta Family Wine Company is dedicated to representing wines of such astonishing quality, and a...

  • Treana Winery

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

  • Rancho Roble Vineyards

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

  • Concannon Vineyard

    They could speak, the rocks of Concannon Vineyard would tell a tale rich in history. Concannon...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Gris 2014


    Quite floral and pungent aromas of rose petals, violets and a touch of honey. In the mouth it's smooth and continues that floral character, but adds to that green apple, lemon and more tropical notes of pineapple and melon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Carmel Road Pinot Noir Monterey 2013


    Light cherry and raspberry aromas are immediately jumping out of the glass. Juicy and bright mouthfeel, there's not a ton of acidity but it's certainly present over the light earthy note and the fruit. Predominantly cherry flavors leading the charge here with a dose of sugary plums and a light touch of oak on the finish which is a bit tight with... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Qupe Syrah Central Coast 2012


    Nice balance of old world and new. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • First part done.So the locals also suggested Jocko's to my wife, and we ... ... Surprisingly good for a Central Coast Syrah, not overripe or bombastically fruity, recognizably Syrah with nice meaty tones.  The grenache came out more on the finish with a silky red berry note that never took over.  I didn't like the Syrah enough to spend $40, e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Two Quick Trips, Your latest...

  • Bishop's Peak Pinot Noir 2013


    Quite light red color. Kind of a jammy, fruity nose. Very light-bodied on the palate. Initial fruit flavor of strawberry/cherry. Could use a tad more acid to complement the fruit. An OK wine, would be a good picnic wine if you did not have or do not like rose. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I'm finally getting around to this.  Last week we spent a few days in the Central Coast.  I wanted to do a little wine tasting, and we headed over to Edna Valley.  For some reason Edna Valley seems to be the least appreciated AVA in the Central Coast region. I really don't get it.  There are several wineries there that offer terrific products at... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A 3-Hour Edna Valley Tour

  • Red Wolff 2012


    Fairly fruity nose, although there also seems to be a fungal/mushroom hint. Quite fruit forwardblueberry, but also, maybe, some dried fruit like raisin. Fairly light bodied. Not much tannin to speak of. Lots of acid tartness. An easy wine to drink. However, in spite of (or, maybe, because of) the wide combination of component grapes, this ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Rockpool Merlot Monterery County 2012


    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Opens with blackberry jam and vanilla, then to toffee and milk chocolate, and then caramel chocolate. Moss, earth, and smoke with ripe cherry plums. Medium to soft tannins with medium acidity. Long finish of earth, herbs, and dried dark fruit. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Compass Point Central Coast 2013


    A Tasting Room Quarterly selection;the review on that site and Lot18 where it is also available seems fitting to me. 'A wonderfully rich wine with a brisk acidity, a steely minerality and mouthwatering citrus fruit flavors. Feels smooth and creamy, with white flowers, nectarine, hints of vanilla and honey. An interesting combination of richness,... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Edna Valley Vineyard Chardonnay San Luis Obispo County 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by SarahQ

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