Say When | Stipa Rosé
A beach style rosé
From a vineyard super close to the ocean (right outside of Avila Beach, if you have been to the Pismo area), this Pinot Noir Rosé is typical of a cool climate wine and oh so refreshing. Pale pink and incredibly bright, with crisp Pink Lady apple, watermelon agua fresca, and a touch of citrus to keep it fresh. Lightweight, great acidity, with no real edges to this wine – finishes smooth and dry.
Topotero Vineyard, San Luis Obispo Coast, California
With such a noble grape like Pinot Noir, the food pairings are vast. Thyme-roasted chicken, Gouda cheese, salmon, and a variety of salads. Other fab pairings to consider: chicken tacos or wraps and creamy Italian pasta.
Say When started in 2013 by Rachel and Michel DeAscentiis . Not long after they met, Rachel was preparing to bottle the first wine of her own — a humble barrel of Pinot Noir made on the side while working full time as an assistant winemaker at Loring. While proud of the wine itself, everything outside of the bottle still needed to be worked out. That's when Michel jumped in. After several long distance phone calls that unintentionally turned into creative brainstorms, they started Say When. They are a hands-on winery making all of the wines in a shared space in Lompoc, CA. Rachel focuses on the physical winemaking, and every decision in the winery is made together. Their grapes all come from vineyards in the Central Coast, California that are farmed and picked by hand. More than half of they wines come from vineyards certified SIP Sustainable, Organic, or Biodynamic, and they are moving the entire production in that direction.