by Fred McMillin
A Central Coast Toast
The Central Coast covers an area 300 miles long and 60 miles wide, running from the San Francisco Bay south to Santa Barbara. These fertile valleys, between the Pacific coastline and the mountain ranges that separate the coast from the Central Valley, are influenced by the natural air conditioning of the ocean breezes that cool these valleys every afternoon of mid-summer.
...The Central Coast Wine Book by Paul Hinkle
Central Coast grapes are so new that their history is measured in months and years rather than decades and years. The vineyards came into being after grape selection was market driven, so it is full of Chardonnay...etc.
...Wine Atlas of California by Bob Thompson
Central Coast Chardonnays are particularly popular because of (a) their fruity style and (b) they often are a bargain compared with Chardonnays from Napa and Sonoma. Also, the cool growing conditions increase the acid level which provides a refreshing crispness.
...San Francisco Chronicle, Larry Walker
A Perfect Example
1997 Bargetto Central Coast Chardonnay
The Bargetto's arrived in California long before anyone produced a wine called Chardonnay. Giuseppe and his son Philip reached the Golden State from Asti (Piedmont, Italy) in 1887. After five years dad went back home but Philip hung in there. His brother John joined him in 1909 and they finally started their own winery in 1933.
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