Central Coast: Articles on California's Central Coast Wine Region

IntoWine Interviews Sunset Ridge Vineyards Co-Founder Linda Stinson

IntoWine recently caught up with Sunset Ridge Vineyards Co-Founder Linda Stinson to discuss winemaking:

What inspired the name Sunset Ridge Vineyards?

Malcolm Nicholls Talks Contemporary Art and WineMaking

For some people wine is just another beverage. For others it is an expression of life, something some might describe as art in a bottle. Malcolm Nicholls has taken it one step further by putting art ON – as well as in- the bottle. His eponymous Santa Barbara wine label, Nicholls Wine, creates fine wine as a platform for showcasing emerging contemporary artists. Each varietal and vintage release features new work by an exciting young artist. IntoWine recently caught up with Malcolm Nicholls to discuss the vision and goals for Nicholls Wine.

Nicholls Syrah 2007 - IntoWineTV Episode 130

"Cult Wines of Crushpad" IntoWineTV host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad.

The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival - Paso Robles

Wine and food festivals are pretty much a dime a dozen, which is not to say they aren’t a great way to discover new wines and food purveyors, run into friends and make a great day of it.

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2006 Andrew Murray M Stolpman Vineyard Syrah - IntoWineTV Episode 91

"Wines from the movie Sideways." Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2006 Andrew Murray M Stolpman Vineyard Syrah from California's Santa Ynez Valley.

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2006 Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir - IntoWineTV Episode 86

"Wines from the movie Sideways". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2006 Fess Parker Ashley's Vineyard Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California.

2006 Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Highliner Pinot Noir - IntoWineTV Episode 81

"Wines from the movie Sideways". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2006 Hartley Ostini Hitching Post Highliner Pinot Noir from Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California.

California Central Coast Wine Recommendation: What is One Central Coast Wine Worth Seeking Out?

IntoWine.com asked our panel of wine experts their recommendation for one California Central Coast wine worth seeking out (but which won't break the bank):

Tucked into the sun-drenched hills of Paso Robles, the vineyards and winery of L’Aventure continue to impress. Directing the project from the soil up is Stephan Asseo, a ‘renegade’ vigneron who understands that incredible wine must be and can only be a truthful expression of place. Never short on sensibility, Asseo planted his warm Central Coast vineyards to Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot in the late 1990’s and has since been reaping the benefits. Find L'Aventure WinesDuring a recent visit to the estate, I had the pleasure of tasting the 2006 L'Aventure Optimus, a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Syrah, 5% Petit Verdot. This is a big, big wine that is as friendly and approachable when young as it is soft, supple and voluptuous while it ages. If you can find it, try it. This wine frequently sells out and is highly sought after. (About $45) - Benjamin Spencer, a diploma student with the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, writes for IntoWine.com about wine from a winemaker's perspective.

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2006 Sanford Pinot Noir - IntoWineTV Episode 76

"Wines from the movie Sideways". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2006 Sanford Pinot Noir, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard from Santa Barbara County, California.

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2005 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir - IntoWineTV Episode 71

"Wines from the movie Sideways". Host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Loren Sonkin, Bartholomew Broadbent, and Edward Ruiz taste and discuss the 2005 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California.

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