Wednesday, November 11, 2015

By: Kristine HansenMove over, celebrity homes and blissful beaches.
These
days, Malibu is angling for a new crowd — wine drinkers and
foodies.

Just 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, Malibu is home to
California"s newest and least-known wine region, already nabbing national
awards and garnering the attention of wine critics with its exclusive
pours.
Even better, a wine weekend here is relatively affordable, meaning more
budget to snap up some bottles that you won"t be able to find outside of the
area — and to get a taste of the growing culinary scene.
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Off-Radar
Wineries & Tasting RoomsThe vines at Rosenthal Malibu Estate
Wines.
(Photo: Rosenthal Malibu Estate Wines)It was only two summers ago that
the Malibu Coast AVA (officially recognized American Viticultural Area) was
born — meaning that the wine region is new to many wine enthusiasts who
have been there and done that.
Some of our favorites wine stops include
Rosenthal Malibu Estate Wines, one of the country"s few tasting rooms that"s
literally across the street from a beach.
Try a flight of four at $13 or order
by the glass or bottle to enjoy in the backyard, where live jazz plays and
food trucks feed on weekends.
Cornell Winery & Tasting Room offers pours
from several Malibu wineries, including the highly rated Dolin Estate
chardonnay, from $10 per glass.If you only have time for one stop, let it be
the tasting room of Malibu Family Wines.
It"s by far the most diverse Malibu
winery, in part because of the Saddlerock label that makes a range of wines
— from a sparkling wine to a tawny Port — using Central Coast
grapes.
Here, opt for one of two flights ($12-$14) or an entire bottle
($29-$48) to enjoy al fresco on the lawn.
Picnic foods are welcome, but you
can always time your visit on a food truck night (the winery also hosts film
and yoga-and-mimosa nights).2.
Exclusive Sips
Another reason to visit Malibu:
You simply can"t find its wine outside of the L.A.
region, unlike the Napa and
Sonoma wines that are produced on a larger scale.
You can pair the wines with
food at several restaurants, including Shutters on the Beach (Santa Monica),
Geoffrey"s (Malibu), Herringbone (Santa Monica), and The Malibu Beach Inn
(Malibu).
But, in some cases, the wines are only available at the tasting
rooms.3.
Relative Affordability(Photo: The Malibu Beach Inn)Malibu sounds like
an expensive destination, given its celeb residents, but spending a long
weekend here can actually save you a few hundred dollars over staying in Los
Angeles" other star-studded beach neighborhood, Santa Monica.
There, boutique
properties by the beach — like the aforementioned Shutters at the
Beach, Viceroy Santa Monica, and Casa del Mar — will set you back at
least $400 per night.
Even a November weekend at value chains like Travelodge
and the Best Western, miles away from the shore, will cost $199 and $219 per
night respectively.Compare that to Malibu"s offerings: The most luxurious
option, The Malibu Beach Inn, runs $348 per night in November and the first
week of January.
The former Surfrider Beach Club, which offered plenty of
sub-$200 rates, is closed but will re-open in early 2015 as a boutique
Surfrider Hotel that pledges also to be affordable.
For the super-savers who
just want a no-frills place to lay their heads, the 18-room M Motel touts $164
rates this fall, while the Malibu Riviera Motel starts from $167 in
November.Related: Mendocino: The California Wine Spot You Haven"t Been to
Yet
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A Growing Culinary SceneMalibu Farm (Photo: Malibu Farm)As winemakers
are working magic with their grapes, chefs are also looking to this coastal
city to open new restaurants — introducing more options to a place that
didn"t really have much to offer in previous years, outside of seafood shacks,
latte stops, and a scant few establishments.
For a great farm-to-fork
experience, Malibu Farm opened a full-service restaurant adjacent to its
counter-style café at the end of the Malibu Pier in the spring of
2014.
It serves up plenty of fun dishes with fresh, local ingredients, like a
cauliflower-crust "pizza" ($14), vegetable "paella" ($19), and salmon sandwich
with red curry on brioche ($19).Even newer to the scene is Tramonto, only open
since this April.
Lunch and dinner is largely Italian focused — think:
calamari and arancini for starters; pappardelle bolognese ($15-$19), and tutto
mare ($17) for entrees; and a fun gnocchi bar with eight different potato
dumpling options ($16).
We love that the restaurant also takes on a Malibu
twist, with health-minded dishes like the organic mixed green salad the and
Pollo Al Limone, a chicken dish featuring capers and lemon sauce
($19).5.
Beaches & Hiking Galore
We don"t need to mention twice that
Malibu is all about its 21 miles of coastline.
El Matador, Leo Carrillo, and
La Piedra are just three tranquil state beaches that we"ve always had lots of
love for.
If you"re visiting the Rosenthal tasting room, it"s also a breeze to
leave your car in its parking lot ($5) and head into Topanga State Park, which
boasts tons of trails that introduce panoramic views of canyons and forests
— perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, and even equestrians.Want more
from Shermans Travel:
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By: Kristine
Hansen Move over, celebrity homes and blissful beaches.
These days, Malibu is
angling for a new crowd — wine drinkers and foodies.
Just 40 minutes north
of Los Angeles, Malibu is home to California's newest and least-known wine
region, already nabbing national awards and garnering the attention of wine
critics with its exclusive pours.
Even better, a wine weekend here is
relatively affordable, meaning more budget to snap up some bottles that you
won't be able to find outside of the area — and to get a taste of the
growing culinary scene.
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Beaches & Hiking Galore
We don"t need to
mention twice that Malibu is all about its 21 miles of coastline.
El Matador,
Leo Carrillo, and La Piedra are just three tranquil state beaches that we"ve
always had lots of love for.
If you"re visiting the Rosenthal tasting room,
it"s also a breeze to leave your car in its parking lot ($5) and head into
Topanga State Park, which boasts tons of trails that introduce panoramic views
of canyons and forests — perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, and even
equestrians.Want more from Shermans Travel:
3 Hidden, Quiet Beaches in
SoCal4 Ways to Explore San Pedro (Beyond the Cruise ZoneSaying "Aloha" to
Hawaiian and Pacific Island Culture in San Diego
Let World traveling club
Travel inspire you every day.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.
By: Kristine
Hansen Move over, celebrity homes and blissful beaches.
These days, Malibu is
angling for a new crowd — wine drinkers and foodies.
Just 40 minutes north
of Los Angeles, Malibu is home to California's newest and least-known wine
region, already nabbing national awards and garnering the attention of wine
critics with its exclusive pours.
Even better, a wine weekend here is
relatively affordable, meaning more budget to snap up some bottles that you
won't be able to find outside of the area — and to get a taste of the
growing culinary scene.
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