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Wine of the Week: Carruth Cellars “North Coast” Cuvée

What do Pterodactyls, Surfing Madonna’s and a winery have in common? All three bring together the fun community “spirit” of San Diego's North Coast communities. 

But they also share something else and that is a community-conscience winery hidden among Carpet Super Stores, “cutesy” boutique shops and yoga studios in the heart of the Cedros Design District. 

A winery that could almost could be called a "garage" type operation, squeezed down the back-side of a long driveway is where you'll find the tasting room and their base of operations.

It’s a place called Carruth Cellars a Solana Beach community staple for the last 15 years, producing some of the North County’s best juice being vinted and bottled locally. With just over 400 happy Oenophile’s in their wine-club, I’d stop by and give their wines a swirl if you’re in the area. A great place to get to taste some locally produced vino, during a one-day get-away to San Diego's North County beach communities.

In today’s Wine of the Week spotlight I have uncorked their freshly bottled “Save the Ocean” Cuvée. Now Carruth Cellar’s has dubbed this wine the “North Coast Cuvee” however I think the alternate title could be a better fit considering $1 dollar of every bottle purchased goes to the cause to save the “Surfing Madonna” and also support for the Surf Rider Foundation.  

A blend of six grapes, with Syrah leading the way is a brilliant garnet color and light in body. The nose won’t really wow you as there’s not much more than some brambly dark and red fruit [perhaps because it was just bottled]. However, it's on the first slurp where this wine shows its generosity; smooth tannins welcome you in and the fruit plays nicely with the vibrant acidity. A great wine for just about any food occasion, but I’d hit it up with "the-works" from Oggi's Pizza or even better their tasty pulled pork sliders, which also make for a great pairing partner. 
Full Disclosure: This wine sent as a sample for the review process.

Where to Purchase: You can grab this wine directly from their Tasting Room in 
Solana Beach.

Price:  You’ll find this wine priced $40 for non-members and $32 for Members


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