Distant Bay winery is a part of the Ch. Ste Michelle Family of wines based in Washington State. Their inaugural release includes the 2003 Chardonnay and the 2002 Pinot Noir. These are both excellent varietals to depict the quality and style of wines being produced today in Monterey County.
The Central Coast wine growing region in California encompasses a large area stretching from the Santa Cruz Mountains, 30 miles south of San Francisco, all the way down the California coast to Santa Barbara, 90 miles north of Los Angeles. The Monterey County is one of the largest wine growing regions within the Central Coast appellation. Much of Monterey County has a cool and windy climate which is why Chardonnay and Pinot grow well in the region. Chardonnay is the dominant grape alongside others such as Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. View all Distant Bay Wines
About Central Coast
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.