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Seal Beach Winery


Greg Thomas
October 22, 2023 | Greg Thomas

2023 Harvest Update

2023 Harvest Update

Well,  all the speculation as to how the rains will affect the vineyards, we are now seeing some great results.  Vineyards all were refreshed and while running late, fruit looks great and there is plenty of it.  

We are making a small amount of wine this year, focus will be on whites, so let's take a look at what we have.


Sauvignon Blanc:  We are excited to be working with a new vineyard this year....Sycamore Ranch. This is a new vineyard off highway 246 in between Solvang and Buellton.  Planted in in 2018, the Ranch was used for breeding thoroughbred horses.  While still active with horses, a good portion of the property was planted to vineyards.  We harvested the Sauvignon Blanc on Friday October 6th.  The fermentation is completed, and we will be aging the wine in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels.  The date of picking this grape if about 3 to 4 weeks later than normal.

Grenache Rose:  We also obtained some Grenache fruit from the Sycamore Ranch as well for our rose.  This was also picked on Friday October 6th, and is currently aging in stainless steel tanks.  The fruit is also about 3 to 4 weeks later than normal.

Viognier:  The fruit for this wine is coming from Zaca Mesa Vineyard in the northern part of Santa Ynez Valley, up Foxen Canyon road which is a new source for us.   As of the date of this writing, we are still waiting for the fruit to ripen and get to the desired Brix level.  We anticipate harvesting this fruit by the end of October. This is usually about 4 weeks later than normal.  

Grenache Blanc:  We are sourcing this fruit from a Vineyard that all the fans of Seal Beach Wines know well.....Estelle Vineyard in Los Olivos.  The fruit here is also expected to be picked by the end of October.  This will be the first white wine that Mike has produced from this vineyard, and we are really excited to taste the results.

Stay tunned, I will update this posting after the harvest is completed.

Time Posted: Oct 22, 2023 at 2:35 PM Permalink to 2023 Harvest Update Permalink
Greg Thomas
September 3, 2023 | Greg Thomas

Pizza Pop Up

Next Pizza Pop-Up is all set........

     Feedback from our first was very positive.  So we are all set for our next date.

Saturday September 23rd 4:00 pm

     Come join us that day for pizza and wine.  We will again offer outside seating as well,
     let's just hope the weather is a bit cooler.  Working with Chafik the "Pizza Guy" to bring
     some more dough and a helper to make the process and bit more seemless.

    We will again offer some great glass and bottle specials.  Please note, we will not offer the tasting menu after 3:30 that day.  The glass and bottle specials will be offered all day.  The pizza will will run until 7:00 pm or until he runs out.  

We look forward to seeing you on the 23rd.


Time Posted: Sep 3, 2023 at 1:44 PM Permalink to Pizza Pop Up Permalink
Greg Thomas
October 16, 2021 | Greg Thomas

Fall Happenings at the Tasting Room

As cooler weather appears on the horizon, we have some exciting offerings here at the tasting room.  Come by and see us and take advantage of these specials, enjoy a glass of wine and escape from the daily grind.

2016 Chardonnay 3-pkg Special       

Los Alamos Vineyard was planted back in the 1990’s, lies between the cool Santa Maria Valley appellation to the north, and the warmer Santa Ynez Valley to the south.  The region seems to have the best characteristics for both of those AVA’s.  The vineyard consists of mainly sand and limestone soils.  We pull our fruit from the same
area of the vineyard each vintage.  100% Chardonnay, clone 4, picked at night at 23.9 Brix,
and pressed without skin contact and fermented in neutral Franch oak barriques.
The wine was then aged for 20 months in about 20% new oak and the balance in neutral oak. 100 % malolactic fermentation.
An old school rendition of Santa Barbara County chardonnay.  Nose of tropical fruits, citrus and vanilla cream, followed by flavors of pineapple & fuji apple, notes of lemon creme brûlée, rich mouthfeel with a kiss of crisp acidity and spiced apple on the finish.
Retail - $90     Special - $81    discounts for Club Members

2016 Sangiovese - Estelle Vineyard

The vineyard lies in the northeast corner of the Los Olivos AVA, bordering Happy Canyon AVA.  The soils are well drained sandy loam, with cool wet winters and a warm dry summer.  A bit warmer then its neighbor Ballard Canyon to the west, and a bit cooler then Happy canyon to the east.  Seal Beach Winery has been working with this vineyard for over 10 years.
  The grapes were first used to make our 2016 Rose of Sangiovese, being gently 
  pressed leaving about 30% of the grape.  They were then added to the rest of the
  grapes, providing a wine with extended skin contact leading to deep purple color
  and added structure. This wine will pair with your favorite pasta dish with red
  sauce or if you are in the mood to BBQ, smoked BBQ pork ribs.
  Hints of black tea & cherry on the nose, followed by bright flavors of
  raspberry & cherry.  The tannins build slowly across your palate,
  leading to a rich finish with notes of cured meats.

Coming soon.....2016 Malbec - from Happy Canyon AVA

Time Posted: Oct 16, 2021 at 12:59 PM Permalink to Fall Happenings at the Tasting Room Permalink
Greg Thomas
September 18, 2021 | Greg Thomas

New Tasting Menu Begins Next Week September 22nd

New Tasting Menu Beginning Next Wednesday

Excited to add to our tasting menu our 2014 Syrah, Clone Estrella - Natalie Grace Wines, Harrison Clarke Vineryard, Ballard Canyon.  Well aged wine with a refined nose of bacon, black tea and dry herbs, with a rich mouthfeel and flavors of dark blueberry and vanilla.  Tannins are well integrated that build across your palate, finishing bright, with a long lingering finish.  

Will only be available for a short time as we have only a small amount left.  

Come visit soon and taste all our newest editions.








Time Posted: Sep 18, 2021 at 2:03 PM Permalink to New Tasting Menu Begins Next Week September 22nd Permalink
Greg Thomas
June 17, 2021 | Greg Thomas

Tasting Room is Back Open

We are excited to announce that the tasting room is back open!!!!!

We have some great new 2016 Vintage wines to share with you that are all tasting just wonderful right now. Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the Estelle vineyard in the Los Olivos District spent 32 months in barrel and is showing very well.  Also, you asked and Michael made, 2016 GSM, Taylor Noelle Wines from the Santa Ynez Valley.  A delicious blend 60% Grenache, with 20% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre. A lighter body make this a great wine for the summer, paring with your favorite grilled foods.  Lively fruit, with some notes of blueberry and cigar box spice, with an earthy finish.  

Come visit soon and taste all our newest editions.

Our Summer Hours...... 

Wednesday & Thursday     2:00 pm to 9:00 pm     

Friday     2:00 pm to 10:00 pm     ~       Saturday     12:00 pm to 10:00 pm     ~     Sunday     1:00 pm to 7:00 pm



Time Posted: Jun 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM Permalink to Tasting Room is Back Open Permalink