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.

Country

USA

Region

California


Wines from this Winery


2019 Seaglass Monterey County Rose

Excellent rosé at a price that makes stocking up for spring and summer a no-brainer! Pale pink, crisp and fresh, Seaglass rosé beautifully expresses the cool coastal terroir of Monterey County. In 2019, Seaglass made a big change to the blend, emphasizing Pinot Noir (49%) with 29% Grenache, 22% Syrah. Following gentle crushing and a 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 brilliant shade of light pink and a wine that balances fresh cherry and raspberry flavors with mouthwatering acidity for a crisp, clean finish. Try it with light summer appetizers, such as prosciutto with melon, Thai seafood salad, or crab cakes with spicy aioli.

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¥2,530 (incl. tax)
2019 SeaGlass Monterey/Santa Barbara County Riesling

Intensely-flavored, yet light-bodied, delicate and mineral laden, Riesling excels as an aperitif or as a dinner wine – especially a fine Japanese meal. Besides sparkling wine and (maybe) Japan’s own Koshu, it’s hard to think of a better wine to accompany sushi, sashimi, tempura, or shabu-shabu. 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 not only to Japanese cuisine but also to spicy Asian or Latin dishes, smoked salmon, or lobster salad.

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¥2,530 (incl. tax)
2019 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Sauvignon Blanc

So crisp, fresh and mouthwatering, Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc reminds us that one need not pay much for wine that brings pure pleasure. With lunch, as an aperitif or paired with a light supper, this wine rises to the occasion with lemon, lime, gooseberry and spice as well as zippy acidity and minerality. The key to all that flavor is the terroir of the Los Alamos Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Sandy soils radiate warmth, precipitating early bud break, while cool fogs and ocean breezes stretch out the ripening process. Winemaking at Seaglass focuses on keeping the delicate flavors forward, fresh and crisp. Pair this wine with crab cakes, scallops or seafood pasta.

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¥2,530 (incl. tax)
2018 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. In 2018, the blend is almost entirely Cabernet Sauvignon, but 3% Petite Verdot adds character with pepper spice, color and tannins. 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 than the affordable price would suggest!

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¥2,970 (incl. tax)
2018 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir

A wine that enchants with its light body and delicate red fruit, Seaglass Pinot Noir is characteristically of its place: Santa Barbara County. The Los Alamos Vineyard, one of the oldest and most illustrious vineyards in Santa Barbara County, is in an area of rolling hills and east-west running valleys that funnel cool fogs and breezes from the ocean to inland towns. 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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¥2,970 (incl. tax)