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Central Coast Wine Stars in this Classic

Central Coast Wine Classic Do good by drinking wine. What could be better? You can actually achieve this version of Nirvana here in San Luis Obispo in mid-July at the Central Coast Wine Classic. Let us explain.

We here in San Luis Obispo County talk a lot about “central coast wine” and sort of assume that everybody knows what we mean. We have two well-known American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) with Paso Robles in the north county and the San Luis Obispo area in the south, just a couple miles inland from the SeaVenture. And since we are half way between LA and San Francisco, how much more central can you get?

Well, it turns out that there are lots of ways to define the central coast, even if you’re just talking about wine. For starters, there is actually a Central Coast AVA that includes all or parts of Contra Costa, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara (there’s more to Santa Clara than Google!), and Santa Cruz counties. So if you buy a wine that says it’s from the central coast, it could include grapes grown in any of those counties.

We say, why argue about it? We know we are the real central coast, but if the wine is good, it can be honorary central coast wine wherever it’s from. Actually, the Central Coast Wine Classic takes this view as well, celebrating wines from lots of places in California, and other countries as well, but with a special pride of place given to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

The Central Coast Wine Classic

The Central Coast Wine Classic is an annual event (now over 30 years old!) that was started by Archie McLaren to serve two purposes. It gives wine lovers a very high level introduction to wine and wine making, and it generates funds for worthy causes in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

This year, the Classic runs from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13. As always, the proceeds will benefit non-profit organizations selected by the Classic Foundation board of directors. Since the 501 (c) (3) Foundation was organized in 2004, it has given over 2.3 million dollars to a variety of non-profits. As you read through the list of beneficiaries of the Classic, you will understand what we mean by doing good by drinking wine.

A Winemaker's Dinner at CCWC Each day during the event there will be symposiums about specific wine varietals or issues in wine making, plus winemaker dinners and even events that take in more of wine country such as the Cycling Classic with Carissa Chappellet.

Auctions are an important part of the action at the Classic, both live and silent. You will be amazed at how generous wineries and other businesses have been to help this benefit. You will find treasures here, and you can pay just what they are worth to you.

Not a surprise, but the Classic fills up every year. Make your reservations now, and get a room at the SeaVenture. It makes for an incredible weekend.


Lauren is a lover of events, the great outdoors, wine, food, friends, and family. With 12 years of wedding experience, she offers helpful insights and pointers for weddings and special events. As a San Luis Obispo local, her tips come from first-hand experience of the beautiful Central Coast.

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