Staking claim in 1880 in the rugged canyon of the upper Arroyo Grande Valley, Saucelito Canyon is literally “as old as the hills”. A century later, Bill Greenough restored the abandoned vineyards and made a name for himself in the Central Coast wine making business. Today, his son, Tom follows in his father’s footsteps as a second generation winemaker specializing in seven different Zinfandels as well as a spicy Tempranillo and an excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Cote du Blanc, a Rhone Blend.
Saucelito Canyon is a family run boutique winery that is always a joy to visit and has a very friendly vibe! Wine club membership has some excellent perks, including special events at the historical Arroyo Grande Valley ranch. Blending in with the locals for the winemaker dinners, barbecues and wine pick up parties are only a few of the reasons I love being a wine club member at Saucelito Canyon. For the truly discerning Zinfandel lover, the 1880 Old Vine Club is a must!
One of my favorite white wines is the 2011 Cote du Blanc, described as an eclectic medley of Southern Rhone grapes (Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul)–the perfect Summer wine. It’s hard to choose a favorite red wine because they’re all fantastic! I am a big fan of the 2011 Tempranillo, a hearty red Spanish grape with a hint of spice, grown in the nearby Los Berros Canyon, near Laetitia Vineyards, closer to the coast And, of course, my favorite red is the 2011 Dos Mas Zinfandel Blend, fondly nicknamed, Dos Ranchos, which is, as the name implies a blend of “Dos Mas” (Two or More Zinfandels), artfully blended with Grenache and Petit Sirah for a jammy, fruit-forward wine with a peppery finish.
When in the San Luis Obispo area, be sure and visit Saucelito Canyon for some zinful wines and a zinfully good time! www.SaucelitoCanyon.com