SeaGlass

The gems you find along the California Central Coast

They say that “life’s too short for cheap wine.” But who really has the energy (or the pocketbook) to drink only the most artisanal wines? In fact, we’re often in situations where we can’t simply open our high-scoring, well-aged, collectable wines - a weeknight, after a soccer game or when a friend just happens to pop in. Named for the jewel-like, naturally-polished glass stones you might discover on a beach, SeaGlass wines are made for good times with friends or family, when an inexpensive but enjoyable wine can add surprise and joy to an otherwise mundane occasion. They are lively, flavorful, and well-made; easy to drink and “anxiety-free” to open. Part of the Trinchero Family Estates portfolio of wineries, SeaGlass produces Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from excellent vineyards in Santa Barbara and Monterey, near the Pacific coast, where the climate is cool, the growing season long, and the wines fruity and crisp. These wines are perfect with food. Medium-bodied, full of flavor and bright acidity, they match a wide range of Asian, Mediterranean, European and Latin American cuisines.

Wines from this Winery

2018 Seaglass Monterey County Rose

2018 Seaglass Monterey County Rose

Pale pink, crisp and fresh, Seaglass rosé beautifully expresses the cool coastal terroir of Monterey County. The 2017 blend consists of 57% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 5% Verdelho, a white variety that adds bright citrus and acidity if not color. Following a gentle crushing and brief maceration, the grapes aren’t pressed but simply drained of lightly-colored juice, which goes into stainless steel tanks for fermentation at cold temperatures without malolactic fermentation. The result is a delicate wine that balances ripe cherry and raspberry flavors with acidity for a crisp, clean finish. Under 13% in alcohol, this vibrant wine provides perfect accompaniment for such light summer appetizers as prosciutto with melon, crab salad, mussels, or crab cakes with spicy aioli.  

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¥ 2,300
2017 SeaGlass Monterey/Santa Barbara County Riesling

2017 SeaGlass Monterey/Santa Barbara County Riesling

There’s a reason why Riesling is a favorite of the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) crowd. Pleasing fruit and floral aromas, bright flavors, mouthwatering acidity and conspicuous minerality coalesce into a light to medium-bodied wine that excels either as an aperitif or as a dinner wine. Better still: Riesling pairs well with spicy foods and salads, making it a perfect wine for an active lifestyle. Yet finding a location with the right conditions for Riesling is difficult - especially in California. Seaglass Riesling comes from cool vineyards in Monterey and Santa Barbara counties, where the coastal breezes and low rainfall encourage the grapes to develop the aromatics, vibrance and minerality we look for in a Riesling. The distinctive blue glass bottle signals a casual spirit, but this wine will add a refreshing dimension to spicy dishes, smoked salmon or lobster salad.

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¥ 2,300
2017 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc

2017 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc

A perfect summer evening gets started with Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc. It’s fresh, a bit tart and loaded with lemon, lime, pear, gooseberries and even fresh cut grass. The key to all that flavor lies in the geology of Santa Barbara County, where maritime breezes blow the fog inland through valleys that run from west to east. Cool nights and mornings and sunny afternoons allow grapes balance acidity with a melange of flavor and minerality. The winemaking at Seaglass keeps the delicate flavors forward, fresh and crisp, and the affordable price suggests keeping plenty of bottles on hand for any occasion. Pair this wine with crab cakes, scallops or seafood pasta for a lively lunch.

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¥ 2,300
2017 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

2017 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

Bright, light, and delicately perfumed –  that’s the style we associate with Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara and Seaglass has it! Seaglass Pinot Noir is sourced primarily from the Los Alamos Vineyard, one of the oldest vineyards in Santa Barbara County that also supplies fruit to such illustrious producers as Au Bon Climat. It’s an area of rolling hills, where the valleys run east to west, funneling the ocean fog and breezes many kilometers inland. Grapes develop bright flavors as they ripen slowly; they also begin ripening early because the sandy soils radiate warmth. Seaglass has produced an elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir that shows plenty of bright red fruit character without heaviness or excessive alcohol. Mild cheeses, grilled salmon or lamb would pair well with SeaGlass Pinot Noir.

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¥ 2,700
2017 SeaGlass Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 SeaGlass Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

With a Mediterranean climate that’s hot and dry yet influenced by the nearby Pacific Ocean, Paso Robles is gaining a reputation for Rhone, Italian, Spanish and even Portuguese grape varieties. But it also produces fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon. Indeed, more Cab is produced in Paso than in any other coastal region outside Napa. Paso’s well-drained gravelly and loamy soils provide Cabernet with great concentration, and the region’s long growing season and dry climate mean that rain rarely spoils the harvest of this late-ripening variety. The Seaglass approach to making Cabernet is to preserve the rich flavor and bright acidity of the fruit. This means fermentation in stainless steel tanks, followed by aging in French and American oak barrels. For additional color, acidity and structure, 9% Petite Sirah was added to the blend instead of the traditional Merlot. The results speak for themselves: bright flavors, vibrant acidity, and soft but rich tannins. Decant this wine for an hour or so and note how the plum and cherry fruit and notes of spice develop in the glass. It’s a much more complex wine that the affordable price would suggest!

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¥ 2,700