SeaGlass Riesling is a fun wine I had written about a while back. I happened to buy another bottle and thought it worthy of another mention. It was an occasion when I was looking for a sweeter lighter wine, one I felt arriving my guests would prefer. When talking with my local market wine buyer, SeaGlass Riesling was a recommendation. I just loved the name of this wine, and their website is cool.
SeaGlass Vineyards is located Santa Barbara County and the San Ynez Valley. It is a stunningly beautiful area. It is different from any other wine-growing region in California. The east-west orientation of the coastal mountains forms valleys that open directly to the Pacific Ocean. This unique topography allows for the flow of fog, and ocean breezes to reach and shape the distinct microclimates. It’s the perfect location for the cultivation of any classic grape varietals, providing the opportunity to create some spectacular wines.
Santa Ynez Valley is an amazing area, offering natural beauty, charming inns, spas and B&B’s. While you’re there, you can enjoy the Carriage Museum, take a nature hike at Lake Cachuma, and stroll the many shops and art galleries. The best part is the many choices you have to enjoy some world class wines. It’s the kind of place you can visit and let the world go by in a state of utter relaxation.
This is what the winemakers has to say about their SeaGlass Riesling:
“Our reductive winemaking style maintains the delicate varietal flavors of peach and pear with honey on the nose. SeaGlass Riesling is fermented in stainless steel tanks at cold temperatures to retain the grape’s natural flavors. This wine is bottled early and sealed with a Stelcap closure to preserve the wine’s freshness.”
The aromatic nose of SeaGlass Riesling shows ripe apricot, sweet peaches, tropical fruit with floral undertones. Concentrated, rich flavors of perfumed white flowers are supported by juicy apricots, peaches and melon with a hint of honeysuckle. A balanced acidity leads to a lingering finish in an off-dry style. SeaGlass Riesling pairs well with spicy Asian dishes, smoked salmon, lobster salad, and blue cheese.”
You can find this very reasonably priced wine at wine.com, amazon.com, Cost Plus/World Market, BevMo.com, Nugget Markets or any good wine purveyor.
What initially drew me to this wine was the beautiful bottle. I realize it isn’t the best way to buy wine, but it was certainly a draw, in this case. When we tasted it, we were delighted. It was a recommendation that we serve it well chilled with some blue cheese, and that turned out to be a marriage made in heaven. Enjoy.
Time for a glass…