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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Popular wines made in Central Coast under $20

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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

  • Treana Winery

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

  • Kinderwood

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

  • 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...

  • Corbett Canyon Vineyards

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

  • Peralta Winery

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

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Justin Isosceles 2014

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Snoothrank:

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

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Night Train 2006

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Forum post in the topic Wine Collection for Sale @...


  • Emark - you're right to a large extent, and there's a LOT of swill in ... great wines around - Qupe Central Coast for example, is an excellent Syrah. I get it for $12.99. Out east it's over $20. The Chateau St. Michelle lineup from WA is usually good and there are a few other producers up there who are OK, but there's also a lot of crap.OTOH, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...


  • Ridge Paso Robles Zinfandel Benito Dusi Ranch 2012

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    At five years of age it's hard to get past the alcohol on the nose but once you do the wine is red fruited with high acidity for zinfandel and a softish bit of tannin on the finish.Second day: Wine is very portish on the nose. More fruit has emerged and the tannins are very soft. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Save Me San Francisco Drops of Jupiter 2014

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    Nothing fantastic about this red blend. Meh. No personality. Not tannic, nothing offensive. No character, either. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


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