By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, May 7th, 2007 at 4:58 pm in Uncategorized.
Standing on the boardwalk at Avila Beach on the Central Coast, with its Aptos-like pale and pastel buildings and dreamy waterfront, the scents of sand and sea blended to form one singular craving: Sauvignon Blanc.
I went tasting and beaching in my former stomping grounds over the weekend and much to my surprise, found an old favorite, Alapay Cellars, still holding prime coastal real estate on the boardwalk. When I left nearly three years ago, the city had its knickers in a twist over plans for development in the tiny beach-front hamlet. I’m so glad they went for it. Avila has retained its charm but has a bungalow style hotel — Avila Lighthouse Suites — on its boardwalk now.
Before catching some rays, Jenny and I hit the tasting room, just steps from the sand. We love their motto, “Come on in, the water’s wine!” Anytime we can use a wine pun, we do. We sometimes use them when they’re not appropriate too. Face it, “You bet, Shiraz!” just never gets old.
Anyway, Alapay’s talented winemaker, Scott Remmenga crafts a broad selection of wines, from a crisp SB with kiwi and cantaloupe that quenched my thirst to the late harvest Zin Port, (2003, $30) which recently won the gold medal at the SF Chronicle Wine Competition.
But my personal favorite was the 2002 Masix, a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Petit Sirah. Think straight up powdered cocao over blackberries. The wine has more than two years in the barrel, so it’s silky and soft and tastes more like a 1999. Nothing’s over $50, the tasting room’s open until 6 p.m. and its a totally cool place to hang out during the day. All in all, such a wonderful retreat from Napa.