From a vineyard perched on the side of an inactive volcano in Edna Valley, California 😳 Islay Hill, is part of a string of volcanos called the 9 Sisters which run along the Central Coast. In a climate more like Portugal than California, winemakers Tyler and Rachel, believe the Albariño grape (native to Spain/Portugal) is able to deliver all the sea salt and tart green apple flavors it can produce. This wine tastes like fresh ocean air, bathed in summer’s stone fruit.
Pair this with anything you would pick up from a great seaside café – fish tacos, ceviche, shrimp cocktail, battered fish-and-chips, guacamole. The tart acid and sea salt finish works well with white fish, pretty much all seafood, and can also cut the fat of something battered and fried.
Dunites is a small winery named after an eclectic group of 1930s metropolitan refugees known as the Dunites, who settled in the beach dunes of San Luis Obispo county. This group proudly described themselves as a collection of free thinkers, artists, nudists, and poets who generally allowed one another to live and express themselves freely outside of the cultural norms of the time. Dunites Wine Co. draws inspiration from the remote beauty of the coastal dunes and the progressive ambition of the Dunites. Tyler and Rachel, husband and wife team, combine their experiences from over a dozen wineries and vineyards around the world where the people, cultures, and wines have influenced their approach. Each bottle features a clip from the Dunites’ 1930s local publication.