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graping up the coast

July 29, 2017


As far as California wine goes, Napa and Sonoma get most of the attention. The wines from those hot areas can get really saturated with fruit, so I actually always try to seek out California’s lesser known areas that have cooler climates. I love Pinots from Mendocino and white Rhône varietals from Paso Robles, but hadn’t been to a few of the areas along the Central Coast.

The Central Coast AVA has 30 sub-AVAs in its 250 miles, all along the Pacific Coast from San Francisco Bay to Santa Barbara. It produces 15% of California’s winegrapes and overall it’s largely Chardonnay and Pinot Noir territory, but they were surprisingly restrained and incredible values – two good things to remember the next time you’re looking to buy either of those varietals.

Here are the places we hit up and a few fun facts I learned along the way.

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