Red, Red, Red Wine

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

by Jan Walsh    Photography by Beau Gustafson

Red wine for your valentine

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 from 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 northern most AVA of Santa Barbara County. This unique location, paired with its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, provides a cool climate and the longest growing season in California. Wilson Daniels Central Coast Pinot Noir NV ($19) has a silky body, making it a romantic choice for Valentine’s Day. Made from Santa Maria Valley fruit, this Pinot offers notes of Bing cherry, Asian spice and strawberry.

Paso Robles’s rolling terrain has 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 and cassis, and hints of cedar and toasty oak.

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