This wine is as much fun to smell as it is to drink. Aromas from the Orange Muscat are most prominent, with notes of floral, apricot and honey. When drinking it, nut and vanilla are all up in your grill with subtle hints of apricot. These amazing aromas and flavors come together for one hell of a dance party; good thing I like to boogie. And at $22 a bottle, my dance card is going to be full!
“Our entire staff consists of nature enthusiasts. From hiking to rock climbing to rafting, we enjoy all that our surrounding environment offers and [want to protect it],” says co-owner of Castoro Cellars, Bimmer Udsen. Her and her husband, Niels, started the winery back in 1983. They have translated that respect for the environment into their sustainable practices at the winery and vineyards.
“Originally, we just wanted to make wine for our friends. Soon, however, our list of ‘friends’ grew,” jokes Niels, “and our backyard wine business became the real thing.” We’re so glad it did.
Other examples of their sustainability: they have stopped selling bottled water and offer free purified water dispensers, they are big in recycling and reusing, and they’re solar powered. This year they will be the home of the Earth Day Food and Wine Festival as well, which is put on by the Central Coast Vineyard Team and that’s the same group that heads the SIP Certification program.
A big ‘High 5’ to the Udsen’s and the whole Castoro family for making a great product and doing it in such a sustainable way, cheers! Oh, and no animal products are used in this wine’s production so it is vegan too (which is rare for wines).