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Malibu Barbie, Malibu Beaches, And Malibu…Wine?

Jun 13, 2012
Malibu Barbie, Malibu Beaches, And Malibu…Wine?
A winery for the beach set

mfw_01Malibu Family Wines at Saddlerock Ranch is a winery tucked away in a most unlikely place. Two families teamed up to create it: the Semlers and the DeJorias. And while it’s a traditional winery in most ways, it’s also very Tinseltown. It’s got valet parking; it’s very talked about by those in-the-know, and while it’s chill, going there feels chic and trendy (just like going to Malibu).

The winery produces wines under both the Semler and Saddlebrook labels. Two worth trying:

SEMLER Viognier 2010 (Saddle Rock, Malibu) $20
This is a subtle, but floral white. It’s great as an appetizer on its own or with sashimi and a salad.

 SEMLER Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (Saddle Rock, Malibu) $20
This is a good hot-weather red. It’s on the lighter side for a cab, with hints of smoke, and red and black fruit. This wine is a half bottle only.

The Semler vineyard is nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, about 25 miles from Santa Monica. It produces eight varietals. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and join the crowds enjoying the ocean air. The ranch is home to horses and exotic animals, so you’re as likely to see a zebra as a celebrity. 

Would you ever have thought of Malibu as wine country? Tell us below.


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