We all, too often, forget to appreciate how beautiful our city, our mountains and our ocean really are and seldom get the opportunity to enjoy it. Malibu Grapes — a full service tour company — makes this possible with their first class tours, spotlighting the local wine scene of Malibu, which is blooming in our own backyard. Leave the phone and car keys behind, now pour it on.
The full day Malibu Wine Trail Tour can start from two embarkation points from the Santa Monica and the West Valley areas.
After being greeted by one of Malibu Grapes’ knowledgeable and gracious guides, you are ushered into a luxury van equal to a first class flight and handed a survival kit (water, snacks and literature). These guys know what they’re doing, so sit back, make some new friends and enjoy the ride.
The scenic journey never looks as beautiful as it does as riding as a passenger — fully being able to take abreast of the terrain. The Canon corridor’s elevation and soil lends host to prime growing for some phenomenal varietals of wine.
The first stop on the list is Malibu Wines’ tasting room; this breezy, ultra laid-back atmosphere is sure to crack the fiercest workaholics. Featuring the Semler Family of wines that are grown in the vineyards of Malibu, it is a great place to picnic, soak up the sunshine and enjoy a perfect glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Next is an oceanfront lunch and glass of wine at The Beachcomber, located on the Malibu Pier (or equivalent). This pit-stop for food helps the team continue the race with a full tank.
The third destination on the list is the Rosenthal Estate tasting room located on the PCH just feet from the water. Their distinct appellation four miles inland lends host to a variety of local vines. The super friendly staff is sure to get you in the groove, donating the lingo and knowledge needed to become an amateur sommelier —-which will impress your friends.
The last stop on the tour, SIP tasting room, is a composition of rock & roll meets So-Cal lifestyle and home to the tantalizing “Honey Pie,” a proprietary white wine blend from the Malibu Estate Cielo Wineyards. This place and its wines originate a euphoric vibe, and luckily, are easily accessible from the 101.
This tasty, scenic and relaxing tour is rich in delivery and sure to give you an amazing journey in this Tuscan-esque region that is so close to home. The hardest part of the day? Re-entering reality after a day with Malibu Grapes.
The Bottom Line — Tour options include: short partial day tours, sunrise hikes, happy hour tours, whale watching boat tours, celebrity tours and full day wine trail tasting excursions. Great for LA locals and visitors. For more information, please visit Malibu Grapes at www.malibugrapes.com or call (310) 393-6555.
Los Angeles born and raised, Scott Putman is the principal of PROFITdine, a restaurant financial advisory firm specializing in assisting independent operator’s success. For more information, visit www.profitdine.com.