In addition to more than 20 well-known and established Santa Lucia Highlands brands, three new labels will be making their public debut at the 4th annual S.L.H. Gala tasting on the afternoon of Saturday, May 15 at Hahn Estates.
If you’re not familiar with the Santa Lucia Highlands area of Monterey County, we should tell you that it’s one of the crown jewels of California viticulture, growing and producing some of the state’s best cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
The appellation encompasses more than 5,000 acres of prime vineyards, planted on the elevated terraces of the Santa Lucia mountain range, all heavily influenced by close proximity to Monterey Bay. The area’s unique character was recognized with official American Viticultural Area status in 1991.
And at this year’s Gala, Kori Wines, Sequana and Caraccioli Cellars will be showcasing their Highlands-appellation releases for the first time.
Kori is a collaboration between newcomer Kori Violini and highly regarded local grower Kirk Williams.
Sequana, a new offering from the Hess Collection family of wines, will be presenting a Sarmento Vineyard-designated Pinot Noir.
And Caraccioli Cellars produces one of the area’s few “methode champenoise” sparkling wines, as well as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
This “Highlands Fling” celebration will be a strolling wine tasting on the grounds of the scenic Hahn property in Soledad, with dramatic views of the Salinas Valley below. The event will feature the most prized vintages and special reserves of the region’s artisan winemakers, paired with delicacies prepared by award-winning local chefs. And guests will have the opportunity to sample rare wines poured by the vintners themselves.
Other wineries participating include August West, Belle Glos, Bernardus, Boekenoogen, Cru, Hahn, Hope & Grace, La Rochelle, Lucienne, Manzoni, Martin Alfaro, McIntyre, Mer Soleil, Morgan, Novy, Paraiso, Pelerin, Pessagno, Pisoni, Puma Road, Roar, Siduri, Talbott, Testarossa, Tudor and Wrath.
Tickets are priced at $85 per person and can be purchased online at www.santaluciahighlands.com.