Central Coast

    San Luis Obispo County: Slipping into Fall

    …A dazzling autumn Avila Beach sunsetDuring the year, San Luis Obispo County expresses itself through plenty of regional traits: sun, fog, wind, (occasional) rain, surf, sand, sunsets, seasonal crops, wine and festivals—to name just a few. These Central Coast idiosyncrasies help us define the SLO Life, and this time of year the signs of autumn…

    2 readers - By Elizabeth White/ Elizabeth in SLO

    2014 Cambria Scarecrow Festival

    …Although the California drought rages on, whimsy runs rampant along the Central Coast. Once again, the unconventional town of Cambria is hosting its annual month-long scarecrow festival in San Luis Obispo County, bringing out the kid in everyone. In its sixth year, hundreds of offbeat characters line Cambria's east and west village streets, front…

    1 readers - By Elizabeth White/ Elizabeth in SLO

    Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012

    …The Layer Cake Central Coast Chardonnay 2012 is sourced from vineyards in Monterey (south of San Francisco) and Santa Barbara (just north of Los Angeles) in California. Even though northern California is cooler than southern California, both regions have similar climates due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean, cool breezes and morning fog…

    6 readers - By CHEAP WINE FINDER

    Turiya Wine

    …I always get excited when I hear about a new winery, and taste their wines. This time was no exception. The best resource for finding new wineries and winemakers is from those that you already trust. I had been hearing some “buzz” about a winemaker that was doing small production, red wines, in Lompoc, California. Doing some basic research I…

    5 readers - By The Sommelier Update

    Why Mike Sinor is a Better Winemaker Than Me

    … of. Ancient Peaks wines range from $15 to $50 and the Merlot is one of the better ones you’ll find on the Central Coast at around $17 (winning a gold medal at the Central Coast Wine Competition - which I judged at) which also shows that wine needn’t be expensive to be good. So if you have not tried Ancient Peaks wines - they are waiting for you…

    1 readers - By Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz

    Weekend Wine Notes: A bouquet of rosés and a few thorns

    …, notes of rose petals and lavender; quite dry, with limestone austerity, a fairly earthy, rustic style of rose, not in the elegant or delicate fashion. Very Good. About $13. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Calera Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2013, Central Coast. 14.7% alc. 466 cases…

    8 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    Weekend Wine Notes: 10 Under $20

    … $14. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Bonny Doon Albariño 2013, Central Coast. 100% albariño. 13.2% alc. Pale gold color; seductive bouquet of roasted lemon and lemon balm, quince and ginger, notes of camellia, almond blossom and lime peel; quite dry and spare…

    7 readers - By Fredric Koeppel/ Bigger Than Your Head

    "In the Ghetto"

    … at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Highway 1 lies a nondescript collection of single-story, corrugated metal buildings that has been transformed into a growing wine destination in Santa Barbara County. There's no shortage of wineries and wine tasting rooms in this renowned grape growing and wine producing region in California's Central Coast…

    6 readers - By Central Coast Uncorked

    Bottling Day 2011, Jaffurs Wine Cellars

    …Under relatively clear skies and with a cool ocean breeze to their backs, the team at Jaffurs Wine Cellars, along with dedicated wine club members and volunteers, got to work bottling hundreds of cases of Santa Barbara County Syrah, Grenache and Pinot Noir. The Mission Bottling truck was set up in the driveway of the winery while volunteers were…

    8 readers - By Central Coast Uncorked