This past weekend a close friend of mine asked if I wanted to go wine tasting with her in Malibu. She got a Groupon for 2 to Malibu Wines for a tasting. I'm a huge fan of wine tasting and I jumped on the chance to do this. The only thing was I had never heard of there being wineries in Malibu. Being from Los Angeles and living here my whole life, you'd figure that I'd at least here something about wine country in Malibu. Every usually goes up to Napa Valley, Paso Robles or out to Temecula for wine tasting, but never Malibu.
Upon arrival to Malibu Wines, I was in shock at how beautiful is was there. Their tasting room is all outdoors with long bars and tables around a really cool meadow like area. You can see the vineyards up on the hills across the road. They were pouring Saddlerock Ranch and Semler Estate wine. I recommend the 2002 Semler Cabernet Sauvignon. After tasting we decided to look for another winery. We quickly jumped on our iPhones and started calling around. We ended up at the Cornell Winery and Tasting Room.
This place was great! It was a small tasting room where you could taste different wines from around the Malibu area and up to Santa Ynez. The people working there were super friendly and very knowledgeable about their wines. After tasting I bought a bottle and headed next door to The Old Place Restaurant. Because I bought my bottle at the Cornell Tasting Room there was no corking fee. We meet the owner, Tim, who was a really cool guy, He had worked in the wine industry since he was a kid and you could tell he loved what he was doing. My recommendation for food here is the Rosemary Herb Pale Ale Chicken. Really good and the baked potato was to die for. They even hooked us up with some cobbler thing for dessert.
I'd highly recommend taking a little day trip up to Malibu for wine tasting. The industry there is young, but I'm telling you, this is going to be the place to go in a few years. The people are really nice and are happy that you're there. Tell them Ryan sent you!
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There are more than 50 independent vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains with more being planted every year. Several of the local wineries have received national acclaim for their boutique vintages which have become cult classics in certain circles.
Various wineries include Cornell Winery, Semler, and Rosenthal.