Wine

The New Grapevine

Visit the tasting rooms in Malibu wine country
Cornell

With more than 50 vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu is primed to be Southern California's next up-and-coming wine region. But there's been nary a public tasting room--until now. It's not quite Sonoma yet, but it is a lot closer.

Here's where to sample the area's best vintages:

Sip Malibu Sit at shaded tables on the hillside and sample Cielo Wineyard's estate-grown wines, like the big, leathery Cabernet Sauvignon, or the crisp Woodstock Honey Pie, a white blend made from Napa fruit. Flights are $10 to $15 for four tastes.

Cornell Winery & Tasting Room This art-filled space isn't a winery at all, but it is a great spot for sipping local and Central Coast wines ($15 for eight); the selection changes daily. Hit The Old Place next door for a wine-absorbing brunch or dinner.

Malibu Family Wines Bring a picnic and sprawl out on the lovely grounds for the afternoon. In the tasting room, you'll sample the newest releases of Semler and Saddlerock wines, including the easy-drinking Semler rosé.

Rosenthal Estate Wines You can't visit the spectacular Rosenthal Wines estate in Malibu-Newton Canyon, but you can stop at this tasting room on the Pacific Coast Highway. Try all of the estate wines, plus Surfrider reds and whites ($15 for flight), then sit on the patio and watch the waves.

Sip Malibu 2598 Sierra Creek Rd. Agoura Hills CA 91301 818-865-0440 Cornell Winery and Tasting Room 29975 Mulholland Hwy. Cornell CA 91301 818-735-3542 Malibu Family Wines 31740 Mulholland Hwy. Malibu CA 90265 818-865-0605 Rosenthal Wines 26023 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu CA 90265 310-456-1392 Sip Malibu 2598 Sierra Creek Rd. Agoura Hills CA 91301 818-865-0440 Cornell Winery and Tasting Room 29975 Mulholland Hwy. Cornell CA 91301 805-908-1586 Malibu Family Wines 31800 Mulholland Hwy. Malibu CA 90265 818-865-0605 Rosenthal Wines 26023 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu CA 90265 310-456-1392
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