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Red, Red, Red Wine

Select a red wine for your Valentine or your blue heart.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

After three decades of purveying fine wines from around the world, Wilson Daniels crafts their own California, Central Coast wines. California’s Central Coast stretches form San Francisco to Santa Barbara and includes Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles.

The Santa Maria Valley—formed by the only two traverse mountain ranges in North and South America—is the northernmost AVA of Santa Barbara County. This unique location, paired with its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, provide a cool climate and the longest growing season in California. Wilson Daniels Central Coast Pinot Noir NV ($19) has a silky body, making a romantic choice for Valentines. Made from Santa Maria Valley fruit, this Pinot offers notes of Bing cherry, Asian spice and strawberry.

Paso Robles’s rolling terrain with more than 45 soil series—primarily bedrock derived—and its day to night temperature swings produce lovely Bordeaux style wines. Wilson Daniels Central Coast Merlot NV ($18) is satiny on the palate, expressing plum, vanilla and blueberry. And the Wilson Daniels Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon NV ($18) has a velvety mouth-feel with aromas and flavors of chocolate, cassis, and hints of cedar and toasty oak.

Published, B-metro magazine, February 2012

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