Vino De California

Oh how I’ve missed you!

Let’s get straight to the point of this blog.

Pure indulgence of life. 2 weekends ago Matthew and I went on a beautiful 2.5 hour scenic drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to a winery in Los Olivos along the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail.

The morning we set out on our journey it was overcast and a little foggy. That didn’t bother me one bit because of how stunning the pacific ocean looks when it’s a little dark and broody. As we drove further north the clouds began to break and our course led us away from the PCH and up a mountain pass. It was as if we were in a whole other state because there wasn’t a palm tree in sight. Instead it felt a little more like we were driving through a mountain pass in Colorado. Rugged, dry, rolling hills, grasslands, cows. It was lovely.

We ended up at Fess Parker Winery, easily one of the bigger wineries in the area. This winery produces from their own vineyard as well grapes from other growers in the region. We headed straight for the tasting room and tried two whites and two reds.

I’m a girl who drinks old world wines 90% of the time. I have yet to find a California wine that I LOVE. The reds we tried were very oaky. Pleasant, but they had that very distinct California fruity, punch in the nose kind of feel. Matthew liked them way more than me. The whites were also a little oaky for my personal preference, but to each his own! This is a part of my learning process. And I’m okay with getting a little tipsy along the way…

On that note, I’ve noticed that California wines are very high in alcohol. This has to with all of the warm sunshine that southern California receives. Warm, sunny weather leads to very ripe grapes with a high sugar content. The more sugar in the grape means there is more for the yeast to feed on during the fermentation process, which of course leads to a higher alcohol content. It’s seems pretty simple. I guess California just can’t help itself!

Okay, back on topic.

We had ourselves a perfect afternoon there. We ended up buying a bottle of the 2015 Rosé from Santa Rita Hills. It’s made from 100% Pinot Noir and has a deep watermelon hue. I packed a light picnic for us and  laid our blanket out on the huge lawn under a big oak tree. The sun was warm and there was a cool breeze. It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. So we ate, drank, laughed, communed with nature and took stupid pictures of each other.

I definitely want to go back to this place! There were so many great wineries out there you could easily spend a week visiting each one…Lé sigh…

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