One of my favorite things about wine is that there's so much to learn about it! There's always a new varietal to taste or an exciting region to try. Recently I went to a tasting that featured wines from the Santa Rita Hills. This small, relatively young wine region is located in Central California and was named an official appellation in 2001. Thanks to its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, this foggy district is perfect for growing Pinot Noir grapes. A cool coastal breeze and naturally rocky terrain only enhances its grape-growing qualities. Other varietals the area is known for are Chardonnay and Syrah. To see which wines from the province, which were featured in the film Sideways, I recommend, keep reading.
- Gypsy Canyon Trois 2009 Pinot Noir: Yes, I judge a bottle by its label, which is why I love the letter-pressed and delicate look on this varietal. It's also amazing tasting!
- Sweeney Canyon 2007 Pinot Noir: Is it peppery or jammy? Everything about this Pinot tastes lush, provocative, and wonderful.
- Pali Pinot Noir: With its handsome wine maker and classic, crowd-pleasing plum flavor, this wine is a real winner.
- Badge Blue Steel 2009 Chardonnay: This unoaked Chard is perfect for those who like their wine light, acidic, and slightly fruity.
- Kessler Haak 2008 Syrah: This lovely red is aged in French oak and has hints of black pepper and dark fruit. Highly drinkable!
Have you sipped any wines from the Santa Rita Hills?