I'm back from a busy week of touring up and down the canyons of Malibu in search of wine…now I must say compared to Santa Barbara or any of its northern cousins, Napa or Paso Robles, Malibu has a lot of wine growing up to do..but that doesn't mean it doesn't have potential!! There is definitely a market for all kinds of different tastebuds, but mostly not the most discerning, unfortunately mine have been permanently spoiled from all the glorious wines I've been drinking for decades!! Possibly as time goes by, these wineries will start producing some stellar vintages? It was amazing to see what a business these spots were doing on the weekend, they are now packaging tours with limo's to a handful of places…there's the old adage "if you build it they will come!" They have entertainment and food and it's not a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon..we started at Rosenthal Tasting room on Pacific Coast Highway aka..PCH as we natives call it! Actually, they probably had one of the better wines that I had all day…2007 estate Cabernet..it showed great color and finish but at $49 a bottle it better!
|MY FAVORITE WINE PICK OF THE DAY|
|HEY, I'M ON MY PERCH ! NOW I KNOW HOW A BIRD FEELS... |
|AAH…THE THE TREASURES OF THE SEA...|
with owner Brian Perez at the helm…serving up all kinds of New England delicacies including Ipswich clams and Maine lobster rolls, yummy…and it doesn't hurt that you're exactly across from the Pacific ocean! An interesting fact is that Malibu & Kanan canyon roads both start at the 101 freeway
|SEMLER OUTDOOR TASTINGS AND PICNIC AREA|
|THE OLD PLACE ….BOY YOU CAN SAY THAT AGAIN!|
CORNELL TASTING ROOM
SMILE YOU ARE NOW OFFICIAL FANS OF THE WINE CONTESSA!!
…..And as you head to the end of the canyon road you'll end up in Westlake Village off the 101 going north, which has it's own man made lake and a wonderful wine tasting venue called the STONEHAUS! They offer small bites and wine flights, they do have a rotating wine menu and they feature wines from different regions!
|IT'S RUSTIC & EUROPEAN ELEGANCE|
|THE BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS OF THE STONEHAUS|
As I wind down that canyon road again, I'm reminded of the beauty in nature and how lucky I am to watch the grapes grow in the warm afternoon sun…and as I always say it's 5 o'clock somewhere, do you know where your wine glass is…..? THE WINE CONTESSA
W I N E, WHAT'S THAT SPELL??