Vinters Bring New and Exciting Varietals to the Central Coast
The Central Coast wine region is certainly in a boom right now - we've not only procuded a record haul this year (in the face of other California regions who had a bit of trouble with production rates) but we've really become a wine destination in ourselves. There are acheivements across the board - have you heard of of a little thing called Wine Spectator? Well Paso Robles' own Saxum James Berry Vineyard just so happened to wine the top prize. If it's not something to say, whole heartedly, that we've arrived, then I don't know what is.
In addition to making top wines, we also have some of the most innovative and daringvinters around. Sure Napa has Robert Mondavi and other bohemeths of the past, but we have boutqiue vinters whose real desire is to make wine beyond the likes you've ever tasted in California. One such man, a Frechmen incidently, named Christian Roguenant is taking a chance on the Central Coast Region. With years of experience in Europe and across the globe, he has decided to bring a new varietal called Gruner Veltliner to the Edna Valley.
Gruner Veltliner is a fairly standard white grape in Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. The Austrians have been drinking Gruner Veltliner as a light, new wine for ages. The wine was relatively unknown outside of this part of Europe until recently. But American wine lovers have recently gotten their hands on it, they're loving it!! New vineyards have popped up recently to grow the food-friendly white.
So next time you see the lable Zocker, give it a try. You'll be trying a non-conventional grape in a non-conventional terrior and, if the reviews have gotten anything right, you'll be impressed. What's more, you'll be a part of the evolution of the California wine industry and be able to taste the vision of Mr. Roguenant.