September 2020 is California Wine Month
This gives us a great opportunity
to highlight some of the many
incredible wineries we’ve visited
over the years.
We look forward to visiting these
wineries again very soon.
Rachel, along with her husband Kurt Deutsch (a stage and screen actor – both big and small screens – for more than 15 years) Marbue Marke, their wine maker (who left Sierra Leone to come to the US to become a doctor, but became the first person from Sierra Leone to graduate from UC Davis with a degree in enology), and George Donati (the general manager of the vineyard–Spanish Springs Vineyard) have worked together to bring Oceano Wines to life.
Spanish Springs Vineyard is the sole source of fruit for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made by Oceano Wines. Located nearly at the southern end of the sprawling Central Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area), Spanish Springs is perfectly situated to grow chardonnay and pinot noir–the vineyard also produces a number of other grapes, both white and red–that epitomize balance and elegance. While the Central Coast-designation is among the largest AVAs in all of North America, stretching practically from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, and from the coast to nearly 50 miles inland, Spanish Springs is a rarity within it because it is closer to the Pacific Ocean than any other vineyard in this “coastal” appellation, not to mention the Golden State itself.
Given the surrounding area’s proximity to the ocean (in a nod to Spanish Springs’ primacy of place) the local winery trade group’s website SLO Coast Wine opens to a sweeping view of the ocean from it), it’s no wonder that grape and winegrowers in the area petitioned to have a more local sub-AVA for their area. The San Luis Obispo County designation has been approved by the federal government and has started to appear on labels.
Learn more about Oceano Wines here.