My dad recently bought a Groupon for Seal Beach Winery, and it was a seriously great deal (see coupon here). On Saturday afternoon, we didn’t have any plans, so we decided to hop in the car for the drive down to the winery. The cool thing about this winery is that they are open later than most tasting rooms, so we didn’t feel like we had to rush out of the house to make it in time for a tasting. Tucked in a business park, the tasting room is cute and unpretentious with an intimate feel. Unfortunately, Seal Beach Winery is not dog friendly, so we did have to leave Kopi at home this time. The winery is actually in Los Alamitos, so it’s not as bad as a drive from the San Fernando Valley. When we arrived, we were greeted by Natalia and Janay who were running the tasting room that day. They were both so nice and helpful and they guided us through our tasting.
Seal Beach Winery has a big list of different wines, and all of their grapes are sourced from the Santa Barbara area. The tasting experience is 1oz pours of 6 different wines. Let me hop right into my thoughts on their wines!
Wine #1: 2018 Rose ($22): Made of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, this has strawberries on the nose and citrus on the palette. It’s a nice semi-dry rose.
Wine #2: 2016 Chardonnay ($30): Apples and caramel on the nose and fruity and dry on the back end. It’s really good for people who like drier whites. It wasn’t my favorite, but for me Chardonnays are hit or miss and I tend to like sweeter Chards. If you like the dry Chards, you will definitely like this one.
Wine #3: 2014 Pinot Noir – Clone 115 ($43): What even is a clone – you ask? A clone is basically to grapes what granny smith, gala, etc. are to apples. Essentially a clone is a different variety of the same grape – so it may have different flavor, but the grape is still classified as a Pinot grape. I loved that the color of this one was a little bit lighter than a fuller-bodied red. Cherries and vanilla on the nose with a bit of a smoky flavor, and complex and full on the finish.
Wine #4: 2016 Merlot ($35): Deep cherries and citrus on the nose and berries on the palette. It has a dry, clean finish. My mom really enjoyed this one.
Wine #5: 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ($38): My dad typically loves Cabs and this one did not disappoint. Black fruit on the nose with a fruity explosion on the palette. The finish was warm and lingered. I also really enjoyed this one.
Wine #6: 2016 Syrah ($45): This was my favorite red of the day and it is their latest release. Plum on the nose with a smooth and smoky finish.
Bonus Wine #7: 2019 Muscat ($22): Muscat is one of my favorite white wines, and I knew I was going to buy a bottle, so I asked for a taste before I committed to the bottle. Florals and orange blossom on the nose with a semi-sweet finish. I loved this one and obviously I committed to the bottle.
Wine #8: Sangria ($8/glass): Before we hit the road, we decided to split a glass of the Sangria. The Sangria is made in-house by the wine maker with a mix of Sangiovese, Grenache, and a variety of different fresh fruits. It smells like an orange creamsicle and it is a little bit drier for a Sangria. We loved it. Definitely get a glass while you’re there!
As we were chatting with Natalia and Janay, we found out that my dad and Janay went to the same elementary school and high school (just separated by a few…or many years). Always a fun to be reminded how truly small the world is. The Steikers had a great time at Seal Beach Winery, and we will be back in the near future. You should try them out too!