The Central Coast–Home to Many Artisan Winemakers
We drink so many great wines here on the Central Coast, we can’t believe the mainstream media still thinks of Napa Valley as the best wine region in California. We have to ask, are they posting fake wine reviews (news)?
But we truly appreciate our local wines! After all, we have an advantage over “the media” because we live in the heart of Central Coast wine country. Surely the wineries wouldn’t want us bad-mouthing the mainstream press (we know, we know, any press is good press), but they’re still missing the big picture. Fine wine is not limited to Napa Valley in this great country–these artisan wineries can be found all over the state of California and beyond. Enough with the lecture, since most of our followers live here and know their faves, too.
You need to look into visiting these wineries and tasting their latest releases. Click on their webpages and you’ll find everything you need to know to visit the tasting room, learn which wines they specialize in, and maybe even be enticed enough to join their wine clubs–as we have with many of the very low production, artisan wineries you’ll find among this list. We have to support the artists, right. We hope you think so too!
In SLO County, we were recently thrilled by these wines:
If you don’t know Tablas Creek in Paso Robles Westside wine sub-appellations, you don’t know Central Coast wines very well. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the finest Rhone wine producers anywhere in the Central Coast of California, and beyond. Winemaker Neil Collins makes exemplary Rhone wines any wine lover will appreciate no matter which Rhone wine focused wineries you visit in California . And we’re not just talking once in a while, Tablas Creek is consistent year after year! Check them out at www.tablascreek.com.
Here’s another local favorite that we buy from year after year. Baker & Brain, based in Los Losos, specializes in Burgundian and Rhone wines. Made by winemakers Josh Baker and Matt Brain (I love to call him Professor Brain since he has taught viticulture and winemaking at Cal Poly and the University of Bakersfield). We have long time loved their extraordinary wines. And just so you don’t think we’re Central Coast centric, we totally love wines from around the world. Take this Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel, it has been one of our favorites for three decades because it’s so consistently delicious. You can’t go wrong with any of these wines, and we suggest you stock up on them, you’ll thank us later, you can be sure. Learn more at www.bakerandbrain.com.
Come back for more wine recommendations tomorrow from the other great Central Coast wine regions. Lastly, don’t ignore the consistently great wine you will find at this classically awesome winery in Sonoma County, at www.drycreekvineyard.com.