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The Cool California Coast

When golfers think of the California Coast, they think of Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill, The Olympic Club, and the most recent PGA Championship course, Harding Park among others.  These are some of the best golf courses in the USA and all have one thing in common: the California coastal climate. 

When winemakers and wine lovers think about California Pinot Noir, they think Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara.  These coastal wine regions are some of the best for growing and producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir due to the proximity to the coast. 

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The Pacific Ocean has a major influence on California’s grape growing regions.  The Alaskan Current flows from its namesake (Alaska) down the west coast of Canada, the USA, and Mexico. The current carries the cool water down the coast and the coastal winds carry the cooler air inland which moderates the warm California sunshine. The closer the vineyards are to the Pacific Ocean the cooler temperatures tend to be, especially in the morning and in the evening.  

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir both perform well in regions with cooler temperatures with most of the high-quality plantings of these grape varieties in California near the coast. With warm days and cool nights, grapes get the sunshine needed for ripening and in the late afternoon/evening get cooler temperatures that help the grapes retain acidity. 

Meiomi, meaning coast in the native Waipo Indian language, is a wine brand that produces wines that are representative of the coastal regions they come from in California.  The grapes sourced for the wine are from Monterey, Santa Barbara, and Sonoma Counties.  In May 2019, Meiomi Wines became the official wine sponsor of the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions and will be until 2022. 

The Meiomi wine brand was started in 2006 by Joe Wagner while working for his father Chuck Wagner at Caymus Vineyards.  The wines have been a resounding commercial success and in 2015 the wine brand was sold to drinks giant, Constellation Brands, who continues to own and distribute the wine brand globally.  In Japan, the Meiomi wines are imported and sold by Wine and Style (

2017 Meiomi Chardonnay

Looking at the wine, the color is very similar to that of a ripe pineapple. Smelling the wine reveals toasty oak, brown apples and pineapples.  When tasting this wine, the pallet caramel, oak and brown apples.  Enjoy a glass while relaxing on the couch at home watching the PGA pros teeing it up on TV or with a roast chicken dinner after a well-played golf round.

2017 Meiomi Pinot Noir

2017 Meiomi Pinot Noir (Sonoma County, Monterey County and Santa Barbara County)-  After opening and pouring the wine, the aromas instantly make their presence known.  This nose of this wine is full of raspberry, blackberries with spicy oak undertones. On the palate, this wine is full of sweet black cherries, oak, spice, and is well structured.  Once the summer heat is in the rear-view mirror, have a glass after your round on a cool crisp day with your golf mates on the patio or at a Chinese dinner with duck pancakes.



About The Author

Tom Kriegshauser is a wine industry professional based in Tokyo, Japan. Tom has a diverse wine background with a Master’s of Wine Business from the University of Adelaide, working in wineries and vineyards for harvests, building wine brands, international wine sales, and participation in numerous wine tasting groups have allowed him to experience many aspects of the wine industry.

Tom loves the game of golf and is constantly trying to get rid of a duck hook. He enjoys playing an array of golf courses around Japan as well as courses internationally. When not working, tasting wine or on the golf course, Tom enjoys time with his family, going to restaurants, and traveling. His personal and professional travels have taken him to wine regions around the world in pursuit of wine treasure and culture.

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