California’s Coast with the Most

December 15, 2016

Given the sheer size of California’s Central Coast appellation—a whopping 6.8 million acres, of which about 100,000 are planted to vineyards—it shouldn’t surprise that there’s a wide variety of wine grapes to be found. But thanks to the Golden State’s tumultuous tectonics and the Central Coast’s location between the rather chilly Pacific Ocean and extremely hot San Joaquin Valley, the region is rife with microclimates of every imaginable combination, from cool to hot, sunny to shady, north- to south-facing, volcanic soils to sedimentary. So not only can multiple varieties survive, they can thrive.

Today, an increasingly mature, experienced and yet