Central Coast - USA
Our summer menu involves a road trip up mesmerizing Highway One to the Central Coast of California where some of our favorite ingredients and wine can be found in Maude’s own backyard.
For all the beauty of California that beckons, the people and the landscape of the region have faced a challenging year between mudslides and fires. In the spirit of community, we wanted our exploratory trip for the summer menu to dig beneath the surface of what we thought we already knew about the region while also supporting the farmers, purveyors, and winemakers who have become friends, while making new ones along the way.
From Santa Barbara, known by many as the “American Riviera,” through the rolling greenery of Paso Robles, Santa Maria and Santa Ynez Valleys, to the grandeur of the Santa Cruz Mountains that touch the clouds, this area spotlights a range of viticulture and ingredients that paint the dreamlike mythology of the state.
The region is marked by diversity. The wine of the sprawling splendor of the Central Coast can be divided into the northern territory with the ubiquitous Burgundiian varietals, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as Riesling, Viognier, and Gewurtztraminer.
Down the enchanting coastline to the bucolic areas of the southern vines, discoveries of Rhone varietals of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre share billing with Italian grapes such as Barbera and Sangiovese.
The Central Coast is a right of passage for wine lovers. The ingredients inspire endless possibilities. Put the top down, make a mixed tape, and call “Shotgun!” The culinary road trip begins this July.