California’s south coast is home to a diverse population of people and wine as well. South California’s wine region includes Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties and much more, with over 3,000 acres of vineyards in the region. The micro- climate of the south coast region is perfect for growing wine grapes, with its misty mornings, sunny days and dry summers not to mention the wonderful oceans breeze all prime components to produce fresh fruit characteristics and authentic flavors in wine. Most of the vineyards along the south coast are situated between 1,400 to 1,600 feet above sea level it is here that the soils are created from decomposing granite which is perfect for growing high quality grapes. Traditionally chardonaay grapes dominated the vineyards,but in recent time the climate of the southern coast has yielded a new age of growing. These acreages now produce bold Syrah, spicy Tempranillo and White Varietals such as the crisp Pinot Grigio.
Santa Cruz Mountain Syrah- This 2008 wine is a dark ruby color with aromas of black berry and red cherries accompanied by the classic peppery scent. It starts with a firm tannin structure and end with a smooth silky finish.
Santa Barbra Dolcetto- Another 2008 wine this one however is a beautiful, bright garnet color with the aroma of an earthy dried tea with a hint of fresh and dried fruits. Dolcetto is medium in tannins and low acidity a very smooth wine.
Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot- This merlot was voted “ Best Merlot in California” it is a big, bold dark red wine, with aromas of cinnamon spice and oak accented by the flavor of sweet dark cherries. Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot has a solid tannin structure.
Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir- This 2008 Pinot Noir is filled with aromas from briar cherries and spicy vanilla beans which elevate from the glass then your pallet is hit with the flavor of strawberries, rhubarb and cedar. This Pinot Noir has a soft and velvety tannin.
Cabernet Sauvignon- This is one of the world’s most recognized red wine grape varieties. With its green bell pepper flavor, other flavors that are commonly associated with the Cabernet Sauvignon include mint and eucalyptus. However the most noted traits of this wine is oak and it is naturally high in tannins. This is a very bold and assertive wine and it has the potential to overwhelm light delicate dishes. Foods influenced with oak flavors including dill weed, brown sugar and nutmeg pair very well with Cabernet Sauvignon.