With ideal temperate weather and vibrant fall leaves freckling the Edna Valley region vineyards, this past weekend I felt even more blessed to live in San Luis Obispo County. I couldn't resist taking a drive in my own backyard, in search of distinctive local wines to share with family and friends during the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities.
Hoping to find the perfect regional nectar of the gods to fill our glasses and complement the abundance of food and flavors that will mound our plates on this gratified holiday, I visited three small quality-focused wineries located in this cool-climate coastal zone. Here's what I found.
|At Wolff Vineyards I couldn't leave without a bottle of their 2012 Dry Riesling, a nicely balanced, fruit-forward ambrosia of flavors. This varietal will hold up well to the countless flavors that might end up on our holiday plates.|
|I picked up another outstanding white that pairs well with the myriad zest of the holidays: Claiborne & Churchill Vintners's 2012 Dry Gewürztraminer; a floral explosion in the mouth. Their 2009 "Classic" Pinot Noir also went home with me. Velvety and packed with notes of berry and herbs, I envisioned a glass of this medium-bodied red going down nicely with our festive meal without overpowering the roasted turkey.|
|I discovered an outburst of jam-packed flavor in Cerro Caliente Cellars 2007 Syrah. This vintage was a particularly good year for the region's grapes and I'm hopeful our smoked turkey will pair spot on with this pleasant, peppery wine.|