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California's Central Coast: The Ultimate Winery Guide: From Santa Barbara to Paso Robles Paperback – May 3, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (May 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811851672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811851671
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mira Advani Honeycutt is a Los Angeles-based wine journalist.

Kirk Irwin is a Central Coast-based wine photographer.

Jim Clendenen is the winemaker at Au Bon Climat winery.

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My copy already has post-its sticking out everywhere!
MoneyMagnet2004
This book makes for an informative and enjoyable read - Mira has a charming, engaging and easy literary style.
Gorg
I highly recommend for anyone touring the Central Coast winerys.
Catherine Cooper

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Griffith VINE VOICE on November 16, 2007
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While this book has excellent reviews of some of the larger wineries in this area, I was surprised to see the omission of some smaller, very notable wineries on the Central Coast. For example, Per Pacco Cellars in San Luis Obispo isn't mentioned, and they have one of the finest Pinot Noirs on this strip of coastline. Aron Hill Vineyards is another small, family owned winery with a Cabernet Sauvignon that's outstanding, and Cayucos Cellars has a Syrah that's a powerful contender for the perfect wine with a holiday Prime Rib roast.

That said, the reviews given in this book are very informative and extremely well-written. I loved the section about local foods and how that plays a role in your Central Coast wine country tour. The book gives many tips on where to eat, where to find picnic supplies, and lists various events at the wineries highlighted. For those elements alone, I'd love to give this book a higher rating.

My concern is someone planning a trip here will overlook some outstanding, smaller wineries... all of which have tasting rooms, very friendly staffs and remarkable wines. If I may be so bold, buy this book for a list of the bigger wineries, but try to stop all along the way during your stay on the Central Coast to scout out others, and be sure to ask the locals for tips on where to uncover hidden gems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy O. Dewing on May 28, 2013
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It was informative as to where it covered. I am much more interested in the area around Paso Robles, which is more Central and less Southern. I'll look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. McFarren on August 19, 2008
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This book was great! Amazing pictures, insightful, informative narratives about various wineries from Santa Barbara up through Paso Robles. Yes, it hits only a fraction of the vineyards in these wine regions, but it gave a wonderful starting place in knowing a little about some of them! We ended up making a point to hit 6 or 7 of these vineyards because of the write ups about the history or uniqueness of them. This book is fairly accurate--Beckman, Clautierre, Eberle, Rideau, etc...all great wineries. Don't take this book for an end-all guide to the only must see wineries, but it's a great starting point!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Kavanaugh on December 15, 2007
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If you are planning a trip to the Central Coast and hungry for information, this is one of the first books to consider. The text is friendly, fun, and easy to read, as author Mira Advani Honeycutt does a wonderful job of teaching without preaching and devoid of pretense. What I find particularly helpful is the way the information is organized and the order it is presented -- breathtaking color photography is the perfect complement to Mira's literary style. A great gift for the Holidays!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane S. Belden on November 2, 2007
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The book provides an opportunity to revisit some great memories of my times in the Central Coast as well as opening my eyes to new places I must explore! The book clearly embraces and covers many facets of this utterly charming and breathtaking area of California. Simply said, it touches on the winemakers who work together, drink together and of course dream together. Lovely photography too. Mira's knowledge shines! Certainly a wonderful gift/guide for any wine aficionado. Consider the book to be the epitome of everything that is great about the Central Coast wine scene.
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What I really wanted was more like a traveler's guide that literally lists all the wineries and a short bio on each. Instead, this book features a few author-selected wineries and provides some great photos and a lengthy narrative on each. Aside from it not being exactly what I wanted, it's still a lovely coffee table book and has some great info. I couldn't find a comprehensive wine traveler's guide for the region so this is the next best thing.
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