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.





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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)
2020 SeaGlass Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc

Vibrant and mouthwatering, Seaglass Sauvignon Blanc is a finely-made wine priced for everyday drinking –“one of California’s best white wine values,” according to Wilfred Wong. Crisp and fresh, it gushes tart apple and citrus and impresses with spice notes 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, and the affordable price means you can open a bottle on just about any occasion. Pair this wine with crab cakes, scallops or seafood pasta for a lively lunch.

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¥2,530 (incl. tax)
2019 SeaGlass Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

While the Central Coast appellation may conjure a vision of vineyards shrouded in fog, in fact, much of the region is blessed with a Mediterranean climate that’s warm and dry yet moderated by the nearby Pacific Ocean. In the warmer areas, such as around Paso Robles, a reputation has been growing for Rhone, Italian, Spanish, and even Portuguese grape varieties. Nevertheless, Cabernet is the most widely-planted variety. 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, the blend includes 3% Petite Verdot. 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)
2019 SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir