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Kati Stubblebine
 
July 12, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

A Gold and Silver for the Seal Beach Winery!

The tallies are in, and our wines are winners! 

The Orange County Wine Society awarded our 2013 Chardonnay a gold medal in this year's Commercial Wine Competition. Our 2012 Syrah also faired well, bringing home a silver medal. 

 

The competition, which is a part of the Orange County Fair, is in it's 41st year. The competition is accepted as California's finest and most meticulously judged California-only wine competition. 

We are so thrilled to have been awarded a gold and silver medal for our wines! This adds to the list of awards we've received, including recently having two wines on our menu awarded 93 points by Wine Enthusiast. 

You can purchase our Gold Medal Chardonnay herePurchase our 2012 Syrah here. 

Or, stop by the winery to taste our award winning wines today! 

Time Posted: Jul 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Kati Stubblebine
 
June 28, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

July 2017 Newsletter

 

 

Seal Beach Winery

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 101, Estella Vineyard, Los Olivos DistrictNew Release

2016 Rosé of Grenache, Estelle Vineyard, Santa Barbara

Our last Rosé of Grenache was a hit, and we think this one is even better. 

A fruit forward rosé with hints of watermelon and strawberry, this wine is perfect served chilled with a Summer salad or our P'tit Basque. 

This is one of our kegged wines, so stop by to fill up your growler this July. 

You can learn more about our growler program here: Growler Program

 

Cheese of the Month

Grana PadanoP'tit Basque; France, sheep's milk

This sheep's milk cheese from France's Basque region is aged for a minimum of 70 days, during which it develops a basket-weave pattern similiar to that of Spain's Manchego cheese. P'tit Basque has a smooth, sweet flavor with a nutty finish, and pairs wonderfully with our fruit forward Rosé of Grenache. 

 

Events

Red White and Rosé, it's Independence Day! 
Tuesday, July 4, 2017. 12:00pm-4:00pm 

We will be OPEN on July 4th! Growlers will be buy one get the second 50% off all day, and stop by from 12:00pm-2:00pm for our Earlybird Special: 30% off growler fills of our new Rosé of Grenache. 

 

Announcements

Summer Hours are here!  
Through August 31, we will have special​ extended hours until 9:00pm on Wednesday's and Thursday's.    

Weekday Specials 
Don't forget our Weekday Specials- $7 wine by the glass on Wednesday's, a free glass of wine with any growler fill on Thursday's, and raffles on Fridays! 

 

                              

Photo by Tony Hoffarth via Flickr

Tasting Room Closed

We will be closed on Friday, July 21st, for a members only party. 

 

 

 

Wednesday 4:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday 1:00-9:00pm

 

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3387 Cerritos Avenue
Los Alamitos CA 90720
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Time Posted: Jun 28, 2017 at 5:43 PM
Michael Dawson
 
June 3, 2017 | Michael Dawson

Rosé is the Passion for Summer

What is Rosé and who do we get there?  Very good question which takes us down a road with many forks.  Rosé can be made very sweet, semi-sweet, dry, still, sparkling, from white grapes, from grey grapes and from red grapes.  They can be fresh stainless steel immediate same year release wines or aged for almost a decade in large Spanish Casks.

The Estelle Vineyard is in the new Los Olivos District AVA.  This region is in the warmer portions of Santa Ynez Valley.  The Bordeaux, Rhône and Italian varietals predominate.  Grenache from Estelle is intense with a ripe Brix and acid to balance out the wines.  The Rosé have a lighter pink color with notes of ripe strawberry, orange, watermelon and sometimes with a hint of allspice.

Time Posted: Jun 3, 2017 at 5:04 PM
Kati Stubblebine
 
May 18, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

May 2017 Newsletter

Seal Beach Winery

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 101, Estella Vineyard, Los Olivos DistrictNew Release

2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Rio Vista Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills

Reminiscent of the Summer rosés of Sancerre. The scent of orange zest, watermelon and rose petals leads into a crisp fruit forward rosé with tastes of strawberries, watermelon and tart cherries.

A light blush of orange-pink color, this wine pairs well with just about anything. Try it with steaks off the BBQ, shellfish, or a creamy brie. 

Buy it here ->

 

Cheese of the Month

Grana PadanoDélice d'Argental; France, cow milk
This triple cream brie from Burgundy is made by hand from cow's milk. Its richness paired with its extremely smooth texture complements our Rosé of Pinot Noir beautifully. 

 

Events

Mother's Day Special

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Celebrate Mother's Day at the tasting room! Enjoy a glass of rosé for the special Mother's Day price of $6.00. 

 

Memorial Day Special
Friday, May 26, 2017, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Stock up for your Memorial Day BBQ's. All growler fills are buy one get one 50% off.

 

 

 

The Spring Celebration on May 6th has been canceled. Look for a Summer Celebration event coming soon!

 

 

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Time Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:27 AM
Kati Stubblebine
 
April 25, 2017 | Kati Stubblebine

Road Trip Diaries

I have always dreamt of road tripping down the coast of California, and this past week that dream finally became a reality. 

We started in my hometown of San Francisco, then took 4 days to make our way back down to where we live in Seal Beach. We converted our 1998 Astro van into a camper by sewing curtains for the windows, squeezing a full sized sleeping mat where the seats should be, and stringing twinkle lights along the ceiling. 

The unsung hero of the whole operation was, without a doubt, our growler bag full of Red Blend. 

We loaded up the car, threw our growler in the ice chest, and hit the road. Never again will I road trip or camp without one. 

We played like kids at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, hiked along the coast every chance we got, explored little towns we'd never heard of, and packed as much as we could into each day. At the end of those days, though, we pulled into a campsite, started a fire, and kicked up our heels, glass of wine in hand. 

I've brought a bottle of wine camping exactly one time. I didn't know where to put it, I worried about it getting too hot in the car, I worried about about the glass breaking as it rolled around in the back seat. All these concerns are taken out of the equation with the growler bag. Good wine in an easy to store package, make a beautiful setting that much more relaxing. 

Red Blend at the Sunset Sate Beach Campground. 

Slightly less full at the Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground. 

Refugio State Beach Campground. 

Enjoying some wine on the beach. 

I highly recommend every campground we stayed at on our trip, as well as everything we did, but my number one piece of advice to you, whether you're driving down the Coast or camping nearby: don't forget the wine. 

Time Posted: Apr 25, 2017 at 10:28 AM
Paige Belanger
 
February 22, 2017 | Paige Belanger

Featured Pairing: Pinot Noir Reserve and Cana de Oveja Cheese

Our goal at Seal Beach Winery has always been to create wine that tells a story. The 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve, one of the newest additions to our expansive tasting room menu, certainly fits this bill. Blended from four different grapes encompassing two vineyards and three different clones (2A, 115, and 667), ths wine is Sta. Rita Hills. The 2014 Pinot Noir Reserve fully encompasses the unique tastes and qualities of Sta. Rita Hills Wines, creating a mosaic of blissful wine country in a single sip. 

Each beautiful quality of our new Pinot Noir is a direct product of this expert blending of grapes. The pretty floral and spice tones in the bouquet of rose petals and strawberry is the expression of Cloe 115. The Clone 667 influence can be detected in the deep, brilliant color and the intensely dark fruit nose, while the smokiness, spice, and earthy complexity in the body of the wine is a gift from the Clone 2A. What results is an exquisite red wine with a world of bold and exciting flavors to discover. 

While Pinot Noir notoriously pairs well with sheep's milk cheeses, our wine in particular really elevates this pairing to its fullest potential. The amazingly supple and earthy flavors in the Cana de Oveja make a perfect match with the same qualities in the wine, cancelling each other out on the palate and allowing full expression of fruitiness and creaminess.

Treat yourself to this decadent combination, and many more, by ordering an artisan cheese plate alongside your favorite wines in the tasting room! 

Time Posted: Feb 22, 2017 at 12:27 PM
Paige Belanger
 
February 10, 2017 | Paige Belanger

Comfort Flavors for the Wind and Rain

I've never met a person that doesn't love comfort food. And, if you're looking at this website, you certainly love wine as well. If you're looking for a little something that satisfies your comfort food cravings and also lets you sip on some beautiful Seal Beach wine, you're definitely in luck.

This particular batch of chili is super easy to whip up, and our bottles of smoky. fruity Grenache are always available in the tasting room. The mild spice from this particular recipe livens up the fruit-forward aspect of the Grenache, while the smokiness of the wine melds with the spices in the chili. It's a win-win situation for both the delectable beverage and the hearty, delicious dish! 

Here's the recipe to follow, or modify howevery you choose. Want to skip the beef? Add some more beans! Need a little more heat? Add some more cayenne to set your palate alight. And, if you want to know my secret, throw in a spoonful of chocolate chips or nutella. Just trust me, it's amazing. 

Seal Beach Winery's Spicy and Savory Chili

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2017 at 6:20 PM
Paige Belanger
 
January 25, 2017 | Paige Belanger

Seal Beach is for Lovers

I'm sure we can all remember our first Valentine's Day with the sweetheart of our youth, quickly exchanging heart-shaped boxes of chocolate with shaky, awkward hands. As we all got older, the tradition of Valentine's Day evolved. With adult partners, we've all gone through the ordeal of pinning down reservations at crowded restaurants and shopping for the very best wine to bring along on our romantic evenings. 

What if you could do both--nibble on bites of delicious chocolate like we did on our first Valentine's Days and appreciate that glass of beautifully crafted wine that came with adulthood? This Valentine's Day, Seal Beach Winery wants to bring you the extravagance of a date night out with the comfort of sweet, creamy chocolate. On Tuesday, February 14th (in case you need to be reminded!), we will be offering two glasses of wine off of our expansive wine menu  accompanied by our new artisan Chocolate Cheese Plate for $15. Between the amazing price and the cozy intimacy of our tasting room, we know you'll be happy you took your date to Seal Beach Winery! 

Time Posted: Jan 25, 2017 at 4:45 PM
Paige Belanger
 
January 25, 2017 | Paige Belanger

A Little Something Sweet

If you've been a member here at the winery for a little while, you certainly remember a time when we had little Hershey's chocolates strewn about the tasting room. These tiny, melt-in-your-mouth pieces of sweetness were delicious when mingled with our wines, and we've definitely heard your calls to bring them back. But how about we do one better for you, and give you a gourmet dessert plate that will tickle your palate in the same way, and enhance the flavors of the wine that you already enjoy? 

We're excited to introduce our new dessert plate here in our tasting room. Of course, the main feature of our decadent sweets sampler is--you guessed it!--chocolate. In addition to an assortment of artisinal milk and dark chocolates from Spain, Ghana, and Peru, you'll also be treated to salty, handmade Valencia almonds. The mix of salty and sweet is not only enjoyable on its own, but will play with the flavors of whichever wine you're drinking and truly transform your experience. And you still have the main feature of the plate, Chocolate Cheese Fudge. This is, in fact, a beautiful, creamy marriage of chocolate and cheese, which are, of course, staples with wine. 

Truly a unique and exciting addition to our already delicious cheese selections, come in and grab a custom made dessert plate with our wines in mind whenever your sweet tooth is tingling. We'll see you soon! 

Time Posted: Jan 25, 2017 at 1:24 PM
Paige Belanger
 
December 8, 2016 | Paige Belanger

Mull This Over-- Warm Holiday Wines

Glühwein, rich, red wine steeped for hours with fresh herbs and spices, is such an amazing German tradition.  This warm holiday beverage is held in the mitten-clad hands of everyone trudging around the all-too popular Christmas markets--as the downfall of snow chills them to the bone, the delicious, hot wine warms them to their very core. In the United States, this tradition is carried out in the form of mulled wine. And while we don't drink wine in public places in quite the same way the Germans do, and we don't experience that same bone-chilling frost here in Southern California, we can all appreciate a warm wine beverage packed with comforting flavors. 

The menu here at Seal Beach Winery is expansive and full of possibilities for mulled wine. With each wine having its own unique flavors and nuances, it only follows suit that these flavors should be built upon with specially catered herbs and spices. 

Pinot Noir- Currently we carry two Pinot Noirs at the winery, and while they do have unique flavor profiles, they can be regarded similarly when heating them up and making them spicy. Both of these wonderfully fruity and earthy wines pair well with sweet, brown baking spices like brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Incorporating brown sugar as well as standard, white sugar into a mulled wine recipe with Pinot Noir will tone down the earthy components of the wine, leaving a blast of fruit and heartwarming spice behind. My recipe would look something like this: 

  • 1 Bottle of Pinot Noir 
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3 Whole Allspice Berries 
  • 5 Whole Cloves 
  • A Dash of Nutmeg

Grenache- Our Grenaches are smoky and spicy, and mulling wine with them certainly imparts these flavors into the end result. For this wine, consider making a punch with some Ginger Ale to give it a crisp effervesence that complements the smoky flavors

  • 1 Bottle of Grenache
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks 
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 3 Whole Allspice Berries
  • 1 Liter of Ginger Ale 

Syrah- Right now, Seal Beach Winery is featuring three Syrahs. While all of these can be used for mulled wine, I suggest the 2012 Syrah that was just released for mulling, as its flavors of vanilla and cedar will really shine alongside the right spices. For this wine, I would stick with the essential cinnamon and clove combo, but add in some star anise and fennel to really highlight the licorice flavors and some lemon to bring brightness to the drink. 

  • 1 Bottle of Syrah
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Cup of White Sugar 
  • 2 Star Anise Pods 
  • 1 Teaspoon of Fennel Seeds 
  • Lemon Zest 

Cabernet Franc- As we learned at the Popcorn Pairing Party, Seal Beach Winery's Cab Franc meets its perfect pair in Star Anise and Vanilla Sugar. These ingredients must be the star of the show in a Cab Franc based mulled wine. 

  • 1 Liter Growler of Cabernet Franc
  • 6 Whole Cloves
  • 4 Star Anise Pods
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of White Sugar 

Sangiovese- This wine is actually fairly tannic with intense flavors of dried cranberries--perfect for the holidays and spiced wine alike. Accentuate the cranberry flavors with a traditional pairing, oranges! 

  • 1 Liter Growler of Sangiovese
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks 
  • 4 Whole Cloves 
  • 1 Orange, segmented and zested 
  • 1 Lemon, segmented and zested
  • 1/2 Cup of Honey

Zinfandel- Our Zinfandel is definitely a favorite among our members, and for good reason. This luscious wine is filled with so many flavors, it could complement just about anything. However, for this particular recipe, we're going to match it with everyone's favorite comfort drink--hot chocolate! 

  • 1 Bottle of Zinfandel
  • 1 Cup of Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Cup of a Dark Chocolate Bar, broken into pieces
  • 3 Sticks of Cinnamon
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • 5 Star Anise Pods

 Chardonnay- Surprise! You can make mulled wine with whites as well. Our 2013 Old Vine Chardonnay is the perfect balance of oakiness and crispness for mulling wine. With this, accentuate the light flavors with citrus and ginger, rather than heavy sugars and cinnamon. 

  • 1 Bottle of Chardonnay
  • 1/2 Inch of Fresh Ginger, peeled and grated 
  • 4 Whole Cloves 
  • 3 Star Anise Pods
  • 1 Lemon, zested and segmented 
  • 1/3 Cup of Honey 

So there you have it, a wide array of combinations to try heating up this holiday season. Remember, for each wine, let the herbs simmer slowly over time to avoid burning the sugars and overcooking the wine. Try heating on a stove on low for a few hours, or even dump the ingredients into a crock pot and let the spices sizzle and flavors develop. And, as always, try to stay warm this winter season! 

Time Posted: Dec 8, 2016 at 11:07 AM