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Rancho Sisquoc Winery

California, the most populous state of the United States, located on the Pacific coast of North America is bordered by Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico. California's landscape is as diverse as its people. From foggy coastlines to dry endless deserts, lush green mountains to rolling hills of vineyards. A morning of snow boarding in the mountains and then ocean kayaking at sunset, this glorious Golden State offers it all.

Rancho Sisquoc Winery Located in northern Santa Barbara County on the Sisquoc River 18 miles east of Santa Maria, California. Rancho Sisquoc is part of an 1852 Spanish land grant. To the Chumash Indians of the area, Siaquoc meant gathering place and today Rancho Sisquoc is again a gathering place, this time for wine lovers. The 37,000 acre ranch was purchased in 1952 by James Flood. In 1972, then ranch manager Harold Pfeiffer produced the first wines. Warmer than vineyards in the lower Santa Maria Valley, Rancho Sisquoc is not as warm as the Santa Ynez Valley only twenty miles to the south, thanks to what's known as the transverse range, coastal mountains running west to east that bring cold winds and fog inland from the Pacific Ocean. By 1974, wineries wanted more grapes and 141 more acres of vines were planted. In 1977, Rancho Sisquoc became a bonded winery and the tasting room was built.

Rancho Sisquoc Winery produces wines such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Sylvaner, Sauvignon Blanc, Sisquoc River Red, Tre Vini, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cellar Select Meritage, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Chardonnay, a delightful fruit forward wine packed with flavors of pear, honey, lemon and vanilla.  There are also tones of tropical fruits from the Wente Clone. It is full bodied with vibrant structure.  The finish is tangy with hints of minerals and toasty oak. Fresh, young and lively, this Riesling has brilliant clarity and high viscosity.  Flavors of sweet pear and tangerine lead to hints of honeydew melon. It is sweet, very light and clean on the finish from the addition of the Sylvaner.

There are many wonderful famous as well as some not so well known areas in California Wine Country that are just right for an enjoyable day of wine tasting. It’s always best to get off the beaten track and find the other gold that still exists and enjoy the beautiful scenery along these wine trails in this beautiful State.

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