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Santa Lucia Highlands in the Press

Santa Lucia Highlands Braves the Heat in 2017 / Josh Raynolds / 11/5/2019

New release reviews of the 2017 vintage wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands

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Monterey Bay for Wine Lovers

Decanter / Stacy Slinkard / 10/8/2019

Tucked into the scenic coastline of central California, Monterey is a slice of paradise with breathtaking coastal views, an inspiring farm-to-table food scene, stellar wines and a contagious enthusiasm for outdoor pursuits. Stacy Slinkard shares where to go and what to drink from the Santa Lucia Highlands.

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New Blood in Old Monterey

Wine Enthusiast / Matt Kettmann, photos by Michael Housewright / 6/1/19

These progressive winemakers are reinvigorating this storied Central Coast region.

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Your Guide to Regional California Pinot Noir / Tom Hyland / 1/2/2019

A regional guide to California Pinot Noir.

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Smackdown Pinot Noir: Santa Maria Valley v. Santa Lucia Highlands / Michael Cervin / 11/1/2018

IntoWine explores the unique differences between two cool-climate, coastal influenced, windswept regions and defines their greatness.

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New Releases from the Santa Lucia Highlands / Josh Raynolds / 10/11/2018

"In short, a “Santa Lucia Highlands” designation on a label is about as close to a guarantee of quality as one is likely to find for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and, increasingly, Syrah from the United States." Josh Raynolds,

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Santa Lucia Highlands: Wind and Wine / Mary Orlin / 8/14/2018

Wine Fashionista Mary Orlin breaks down the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA and why the wind and Monterey Bay matter so much to this cool-climate growing region.

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Exploring the Santa Lucia Highlands - Wines With Views

Wine Enthusiast / Matt Kettmann, photos by Michael Housewright / June 2018

"If you look west from Highway 101 between Salinas and King City, the views of the Santa Lucia Highlands will captivate you."

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The Crying Winds: Accounting for the Terroir Driven Character of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

Somm Journal / Randy Caparoso / June/July 2018

Randy Caparoso outlines how and why the intense wind is so important to the character of Santa Lucia Highlands wines.

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Josh Raynolds of on the Santa Lucia Highlands Wines / Josh Raynolds / January 2018

Josh Raynolds of explains what’s unique about the Santa Lucia Highlands in his video post.

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Our Favorite California Appellation (that No One Knows about)

Wall Street Journal / Lettie Teague / May 17, 2017

"Home to some outstanding Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, Santa Lucia Highlands is an unsung corner of California wine country well worth getting to know."

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Santa Lucia Highlands: Pinot Noir on the Edge

San Francisco Chronicle / Bryce Wiatrek / June 2017

"If you’re more accustomed to tasting the earthy, ever-leaner Pinot Noirs coming out of Santa Rita Hills or far-coastal Sonoma, you may have to redefine what California Pinot Noir means when tasting from the Santa Lucia Highlands. But that’s also what makes these wines so exciting. They transcend the threshold of ripeness we imagine for Pinot Noir without sacrificing freshness."

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25 Ways to Leave Your Wine Love

Wine Spectator / Matt Kramer / January 2017

"Santa Lucia Highlands: The star district in California's Salinas Valley. Pinot Noir is the main attraction but don't overlook Syrah." Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator

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