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South Coast California

United States
Top Subregions: Los Angeles CountySouth CoastTemecula ValleyVentura County

Region Description

The South Coast of California is a wine lover's paradise, boasting some of the most diverse and exciting wines in the world. It is known as the seat of Californian viticulture, with Father Junipero Serra setting up the first mission there in 1769. Before the Prohibition era, it had the biggest wine industry in California. The South Coast of California has a long and storied history of winemaking. The region was first planted with vines in the late 1700s, when Spanish missionaries planted the first vineyards in the area. Since then, the region has become a major player in the California wine industry, producing some of the most sought-after wines in the world.

Beautiful landscape of South Coast California wine region

Grapes & Wine Styles

The South Coast of California is home to a wide variety of grapes and wine styles. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel are some of the most popular grapes grown in the region. The wines produced here are typically full-bodied and complex, with notes of dark fruit and spices.

Notable Producers

Some of the most renowned producers in the South Coast of California include Beringer, Chateau Montelena, and Robert Mondavi.

Fun Fact about South Coast California
The South Coast is located at a latitude between 32°N and 34°N, which is further south than any of Europe's wine regions and closer to the wine regions in North Africa.

Top Wines from South Coast California

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Ojai Roll Ranch Vineyard Syrah

Ojai

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Ojai Roll Ranch Vineyard Syrah is a premium wine produced by Ojai Vineyard, a renowned winery in Ventura County of California. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Roll Ranch Vineyard, which is located in the Ojai Valley and is known for its unique terroir. The vineyard features steep slopes, rocky soils, and a cool climate, which contribute to the wine's complex flavors and aromas. The winemaking process involves minimal intervention, allowing the natural characteristics of the grapes to shine through. For example, a high percentage of whole bunch grapes are included during maceration, giving the wine a fresher structure and a fine tannin character. The resulting wine is a full-bodied Syrah with rich flavors of dark fruit, spice, and earthy undertones. Unfined and unfiltered. It is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a bold and complex wine with a sense of place.
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Beef
Pork
Mushroom
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$100.00
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Falkner Winery Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc

Falkner Winery

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Falkner Winery Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc is made from fruit sourced from the Temecula Valley appellation of California. The wine is a pure, unoaked highly expressive dry white. After harvesting and pressing the grapes, the wine is fermented in inert vessels to retain fruit purity. The wine is aged for a period in inert vessels as fruit expression is sought, as opposed to oak flavors that could mask the varietal character.
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Food Pairing:
Chicken
Pork
Soup
Vegetable
Asian Food
Noodle
Thai
Shellfish
Croquette
Kimchi
Curry
Sausage
Schnitzel
Toufu
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$23.97
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Falkner Winery Chardonnay

Falkner Winery

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Falkner Winery Chardonnay is a premium white wine produced by Falkner Winery, a renowned winery located in the Temecula Valley appellation of California. The grapes used to make this wine are sourced from the winery's estate vineyards, which are situated on the rolling hills of the appellation. The vineyards benefit from the warm days and cool nights of the region, which allow the grapes to ripen slowly and develop complex flavors. The winemaking process involves careful barrel fermentation and aging in oak barrels, which imparts a rich and creamy texture to the wine. The resulting wine is a classic California Chardonnay, with notes of tropical fruit, vanilla, and buttery oak, making it a perfect pairing for seafood, poultry, and creamy pasta dishes.
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Chicken
Seafood
Burger, Sandwich And Wrap
Salmon
Noodle
Shellfish
Sushi
Lobster
Duck And Goose
Shrimp
Fish
Paella
Tuna And Swordfish
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$49.95
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Wiens Family Cellars Chardonnay

Wiens Family Cellars

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Wiens Family Cellars Chardonnay is a premium wine produced by the renowned Wiens Family Cellars winery. This wine is made from grapes grown in the Temecula Valley appellation, which is known for its warm climate and unique soil composition. The vineyard features well-draining soils that allow the grapes to develop complex flavors and aromas. The winemaking process involves careful barrel fermentation and aging, resulting in a rich and creamy texture with notes of tropical fruit, vanilla, and oak. This Chardonnay is a classic example of a full-bodied, California-style wine that is perfect for pairing with rich seafood dishes or creamy pasta sauces.
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Food Pairing:
Chicken
Seafood
Pork
Salad
Pasta
Burger, Sandwich And Wrap
Soup
Vegetable
Croquette
Shellfish
Raw Meat And Tartare
Sushi
Lobster
Duck And Goose
Egg
Shrimp
Casserole
Fish
Spring Rolls
Paella
Tuna And Swordfish
Seaweed Salad
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$34.00
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