California Central Coast & Sierra Foothills Wine Guide


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The coastline from around Santa Barbara to just south of San Francisco has over the last decade and a half emerged as an excellent alternative to the larger regions on the North Coast and along the Napa Valley for a number of quality wine styles. Production is more scattered but includes some very good cool-climate whites and reds and impressive Rhône styles and Zinfandels. Here, as elsewhere, new and innovative producers are emerging. Prices are rising although only Pinot Noir and Syrah are getting anywhere near the stratospheric levels of the super-premium Cabernet blends on the North Coast. In order to cover the remainder of California’s wine growing areas Central Valley and the Temecula region to the south of Los Angeles are also included in this section, as well as the far superior wines of Amador County, Livermore Valley and the Sierra Foothills.

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