Going Coastal

A California Central Coast Wine Blog

The California Central Coast - there's no place quite like it. This area is the real California - the California that all people, regardless of where they come from, picture in their minds and carry in their hearts. Stretching from Monterey County on the northern tip, down to Santa Barbara County on the south, in between there are over four hundred different wineries.

The California Central Coast covers a big area with different terrain and weather influences. The French term Terroir, in wine parlance is used to denote the special characteristics that the immediate geography bestows upon grapes. It can be very loosely translated as "a sense of place" which is embodied in certain qualities, and the sum of the effects that the local environment has on the final expression of the characteristics of a particular wine varietal.

All in all, you’re looking at nearly one hundred thousand acres of vineyards in the California Central Coast of remarkably different terroirs, from cool Pacific Ocean influenced coastal vineyards to hot almost desert like inland vineyards. The result is California Central Coast Wines are a diverse and exciting as the landscape that produces them.



2011 Harvest Season Just Around The Corner

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We are watching the Brix levels in the vineyard, and the higher elevations are coming on strong. We already see some levels in the low 20's -it looks like in a week or two we will begin harvest at the higher elevations of the vineyard.

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California Central Coast Wine Value Pick | Beckmen Vineyards 2010 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Rosé

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Beckmen Vineyards 2010 Purisima Mountain Vineyard Grenache Rosé is a dry Rosé style wine which pairs well with Mediterranean style cuisine and robust Pacific Coast style seafood dishes.

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Early Rain does not Dampen Harvest

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The early rain storm in the Paso Robles Region was followed by clear weather and other than delaying the harvest for a day or so seems to have done little damage.

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2010 Central Coast Grape Harvest Shaping Up To Be A Mellow One.

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A moderate Summer and a slow extended ripening season is creating a good harvest and a potential for a "mellow" 2010 vintage.

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Paso Robles Wine Region -The State of Zin

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Year 2009 on the California Central Coast will go down in the books as one of the more challenging years: not enough rain to start and too much rain to finish. In Paso Robles we stared out with a cool Spring and a serious drought, then finished with a record deluge. Sometimes you wish Mother Nature would get her act together. Depending upon where in the region you farm Zinfandel, you got very different results.

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Paso Robles Wine Region on a Roll

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Harvest is mostly completed in Paso Robles. The grapes are now in the hands of the wine makers who will probably not be getting much sleep for the next few weeks as vintage 2009 goes into the bins for fermentation.

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