Sip the Central Coast
Margins Skin-fermented Chenin Blanc 2020 ($26)
Book a tasting with Santa Cruz’s Megan Bell to experience the honeyed, Meyer lemon panache of this refreshing white.
Lepe Cellars Zinfandel 2019 ($30)
Mexican American winemaker Miguel Lepe has a new tasting room in Carmel, where you can find this cherry-rich yet mineral-driven red.
Lady of the Sunshine Coquelicot Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2020 ($28)
Hit the San Luis Obispo tasting room to score this racy, briny, lime-zesty white. “I call it my margarita wine,” says producer Gina Giugni (above).
Scar of the Sea Vino de Los Ranchos Pinot Noir 2019 ($28)
Gina also makes wine with her husband, Mikey, under this label. The pinot bursts with red currants, mushrooms and smoke.
Stirm Wirz Vineyard Old Vine Riesling 2018 ($28)
Made from grapes grown on dry-farmed bush vines, this white has a heady tropical nose, weighty body and snappy acidity.
Kitá Wines Šuqštay 2016 ($75)
Lompoc’s Tara Gomez makes this unusual sparkling roussanne, a nutty, creamy wine with a finish reflecting its name, which means “it’s bright” in the language of her tribe of Chumash Indians.