Event: Santa Lucia Highlands Sun, Wine & Wine Gala (5/18/19)

It is that time of year for this annual event!

“Join the preeminent producers of the Santa Lucia Highlands for an afternoon of delicious wine, gourmet delicacies from the area’s finest restaurants and food producers, a silent auction that benefits a local charity, live music, and more. Mer Soleil Winery generously opens its doors for the day, allowing fans of the region a peek into the beautiful property that’s not open to the public.

More than 40 vintners personally pour their most sought-after Santa Lucia Highlands bottlings, paired with bites by chefs from exceptional Monterey Peninsula restaurants and food purveyors like Basil Carmel, Carmel Valley Ranch, La Balena, Schoch Dairy, Village Corner, The Monterey Plaza Hotel and many more.”

For event information: http://www.santaluciahighlands.com/event/sun-wind-and-wine-gala/

Wine: For My Wineo Friends – SLH

OK. It’s true. I am partial to Santa Lucia Highland (SLH) Pinot Noir from Monterey County. To me, the terroir imparts a balanced, slightly-fruit-forward, smokiness (almost tarry?) with a full mouth feel. No astringency. No flintiness. No over-refinement.

For those who are unfamiliar with these wines, look for the following wineries from SLH: August West, Belle Glos, Bernardus, Boekenoogen, Hahn, Hope and Grace, Kori, Ludienne, Mansfield-Dunne, Manzoni, McIntyre, Mer Soleil (owned by Caymus), Morgan, Novy, Paraiso, Pelerin, Pessagno, Pisoni, Poppy, Puma Road, Scheid, Sequana, Siduri, Talbott, Testarossa, Tondre, Tudor and Wrath. La Rochelle uses SLH grapes but the winery is outside the area. Mooney Family Wines in Paso Robles makes a great Pinot Noir exclusively using SHL grapes.