Sunday, June 26, 2011


According to their website, South Coast Winery Resort and Spa was “judged BEST CALIFORNINA STATE WINERY OF THE YEAR FOR 2008/09 and 2009/10.”  Amid throngs of visitors lining the expansive tasting bar, Gary expertly communicated what we were looking for, even employing the term “armpitty” to connote off-beat earthiness. Two pourers tried their best and we enjoyed tasting 2007 Petit Verdot and Carter Estate Syrah.  The big winner (and best value) was a 2004 Thunderbolt Block Cab.  

South Coast offers an array of wine club memberships; see for details. The tasting area is open daily 10:00-6:00. Tours are available. 951.587.9463

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