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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Varietals Produced in Central Coast View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Wente Vineyards

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

  • Concannon Vineyard

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

  • Mick Fleetwood

    Welcome to Mick Fleetwood Private Cellar. Prom humble beginnings of the concept in 2001 to our cu...

  • Corbett Canyon Vineyards

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

  • Elliston Vineyards

    Henry had sufficient success to allow him to invest in an oceangoing ship to Hawaii and Mexico to...

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Central Coast on Snooth

  • Carson Ridge Chardonnay Central Coast 2012


    Fairly benign central coast chardonnay. Not much going on here, kind of ordinary with a touch of lemon pith but somewhat on the flat side. There's medium to light acidity with a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Zinfandel Central Coast 2011


    Smells like Im sawing wood, that slightly smoky note as the blade heats up, raw wood, piney and resiny. I dont know why I would ever put this in my mouth after smelling this nose. A bit thick on entry and fairly tannic, this is moderately rich though a bit on the tough side with some thick flavors of plum and blackberry fruit embedded in raw, de... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Project Paso Zinfandel Old Vine 2010


    Smoky and decidedly oaky on the nose, redolent of vanilla, ginger, toasted baking spices and cola along with some zinberry fruit. Smooth and supple in the mouth with a nice blend of bright acids and polished little tannins supporting juicy and very fresh brambly raspberry fruit flavors. the oak is obvious in the mouth as well but it plays mostl... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dahlia Pinot Noir Monterey County 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by neillk

  • Montoya Chardonnay 2012


    Fairly simple chard from Monterey County. A decent bit of oak on the nose and palate with butterscotch, soft lemon pith, medium finish and medium acidity. Pretty good QPR for a mid-week quaff. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Clos Lachance Viognier Santa Clara County Estate 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore

  • Sterling Vineyards Vintner's Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2012


    Very bitter after taste Read More

    Wine review by eleftherios6790

  • Don't know D. They bought the property in the 1970s when land in the south ... ... that used to be in the Central Coast, in favor of Merlot and Cab that probably shouldn't grow there.People in the US still want to buy wine by variety, which has become a straightjacket and outlived its usefulness.In the last 15 years or so, the US market has b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • Hahn Estates Pinot Gris 2013


    A little green pear greets the nose along with some yeasty notes and sweetly candied citrus notes. Pretty big in the mouth with a hint of RS adding weight and richness on the palate, theres plenty of acid to balance it and nice underlying polyphenolic pear skin. Internets that adds a nice counterpoint to the almost melony sweetness on the palate... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dierberg Pinot Noir Santa Maria Valley 2011


    Excellent Read More

    Wine review by eggylaw

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