Central Coast, California
Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 Congress Has Heart Reception and Collectors Dinner
Saturday, March 9, 2019 Grand Tasting Reception
Oceano Wines is a joint venture between Rachel Martin and Kurt Deutsch. Rachel has been growing grapes and producing wine for over 15 years at her family’s winery and vineyard Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Virginia. Kurt is a Grammy award winning music, theater and film producer, now working as SVP for Warner Music Group. The two met randomly at the Middleburg Film Festival. They were seated across from each other at a dinner prior to the screening of Kurt’s feature film “The Last 5 Years”.
Rachel’s recollects her fondest memories of childhood growing up in southern California. Together the two decided to make wine from a very specific vineyard on the coast of San Luis Obispo California, Spanish Springs. Providing a cool growing climate for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties.
Perched on the slopes of Price Canyon, a mere one-and-a-half miles from the ocean, the vineyard is ideally situated so it can be enrobed by the cool marine layer that rolls in reliably each morning from the ocean before the mid-day sun gradually melts it away. The chardonnay is allowed to gently warm up. Then, as afternoon turns to evening, cooling Pacific breezes pick up to ensure that the grapes never over ripen to the point where sugar levels translate into high-alcohol wine. A complex mix of sandstone, shale and limestone at the base, with soils reflective of these same sedimentary rocks, results in the lithe, fresh style of chardonnay that Oceano is intent on making.