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Rebel Coast Reckless Love Red 2014
Now Doug once sold wine for Chip at his previous winery back in the day. Doug was living the dream, working as a bartender and a professional mechanical bull rider in Sacramento. Somehow it only took 37 phone calls to trick Doug quitting his job, breaking a lease and leaving Sacramento behind to help build the winery. Things took off and Chip and Doug needed more help…a lot more help. Just when Rebel Coast was getting a tad out of hand, a beautiful blonde angel appeared.
Also a Cal Poly grad, Kate Seiberlich decided a corporate job was not a fit for her. Against all the advice Doug and Chip could give her, she quit her job and began the crusade of late nights, wine, more wine, and the occasional brushes with the law.That was almost 2 years ago…The original three are still together and having more fun than ever. The core team has grown as roommates have quit their jobs to join the cause.
The original 3 has grown to 17 strong with no signs of slowing down. We would like to think that the driving force behind our success is the tried and true philosophy that it takes a lot of beer to make good wine. Oh and for fun Chip put everyone’s name and cell phone numbers on every cork, so give us call if any of this sounds suspicious. Or if its past 2am and you consider yourself a Cougar. In that case call Doug.
Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.
Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.