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Alapay Cellars

Alapay Cellars It would be hard to find words that more accurately describe Avila Beach than "a world above" or "heavenly." In Chumash, these words translate as "Alapay," so it is fitting that the first bonded winery to open in downtown Avila Beach takes the name Alapay Cellars. Alapay represents the hopes, dreams and hard work of Scott Remmenga, who is the wine maker. The atmosphere in Alapay's tasting room is infused with his excitement and passion for making wine. Ever the gracious host, Scott makes sure that all who enter are greeted warmly. Above, the ceiling is hand painted to reflect the Avila Beach sky, predominately blue with a few scattered, billowy clouds. Hence the slogan, "Heavenly wines from California's central coast." While the tasting room doesn't have an ocean view, it does have "the next best thing," a custom made 180-gallon saltwater fish tank that draws the attention of tasting room patrons. There is no hiding the fact that the young winemaker has found his calling. "I am really excited about what I'm doing says," Scott says. "I have to tickle myself. Making wine and selling it right in downtown Avila. I see myself doing this for a long time. I really love it." Initially, the winemaker had planned to make just three varietal wines -- viognier, pinot noir and syrah -- but in conducting his own market research, he quickly discovered that "people expect a lot of choices." So, after making sure he could procure high quality grapes, Scott expanded his offerings to include chardonnay, zinfandel and a rose wine crafted from a blend of rhone varietals, affectionately labeled Beachtown Blush. While Alapay's case production is relatively small, it is available more widely than one might expect from a small, independent operation.

Alapay Cellars is at 491 1st Street in beautiful Avila Beach, California... about halfway between San Fransisco and Los Angeles. From Highway 101, take the Avila Beach Drive exit and head west for about 4 miles. Turn left at San Miguel Street in Avila Beach. Go down about a block and look for our tasting bar near the corner of San Miguel and 1st.

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  2001 Great Oaks Syrah
Cultivated from the Great Oaks Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley at only three tons per acre, the grape clusters were of incredible quality and size at time of harvest. A cool and extended fermentation produced a wine with deep rich color. 14 months of French Oak aging in Remond and Francois freres barrels, along with delicate gravity induced racking-resulted in a well balanced wine with an emphasis on this varietals great fruit qualities. Hints of black pepper, plum, firm tannins, and beautiful oak nuances. (Only 215 cases produced)
  2001 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
From fruit harvested at Paso Robles famed, "Red Cedar Vineyard" there are forward aromas of cherry, berry and classical varietal notes of cedar and tobacco. Black pepper and mint on the nose. Full- bodied with superb structure, it has intense fruit and cocoa flavors, and a lingering, soft finish. (124 cases produced)
  2001 Paso Robles Syrah
This Syrah has forward aromatics, and a dense middle with firm tannins. Aromas of deep rich black and red berries are followed by hints of plum and pepper, with tobacco and gamy notes that are so desirable in a great Syrah. A kiss of Viognier induces floral notes and added dimension. (149 cases produced)
  2002 Central Coast Pinot Noir
An elegant wine with lots of rich peppery flavors enhanced by delicate French oak aging for 10 months. Cherry aromas compliment this wine. The palate is rich and full, and has a wonderful balance of lingering fruit, smoky flavors, and youthful tannins. (616 cases produced)
  2002 Paso Robles Rebekah
A brilliant ruby color with layer upon layer of soft integrated aromas. This wine evolves in the glass with cherry, black currant, and beautiful nuances of toasted French oak. A Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, makes this wine sparkle. Firm acidity, medium bodied tannins, and a finish that seems to last forever. Comes in a beautifully etched bottle with a hand dipped wax capsule. (only 123 cases)
  2002 Paso Robles Zinfandel
Eighteen months of barrel aging has produced a wine with rich, ripe and intense fruit flavors, characteristic of a California Zinfandel. The nose of this wine has jammy berry aromas. Spicy notes of pepper, blackstrap molasses, and fennel, traditional for this terroir, add to the complexity. (272 cases produced)
  2003 Edna Ranch Chardonnay
Eloquent rich buttery, vanilla flavors with a tropical fruit finish best describe this Chardonnay. It shows intense lime and nectarine fruit in the aroma. The long, citrusy finish is crisp, creamy, and balanced. (198 cases produced)
  Beachtown Blush
Silver Medal Winner 2005 San Francisco Wine Chronicle Competition. A rose wine made exclusively from a blend of rhone varietals. Crisp, refreshing, slightly sweet, beautiful aromas and coloring. The firm acidity keeps the wine lively and refreshing. It truly is a sunset in a bottle!
  Edna Ranch Vineyard, Edna Valley Pinot Noir
An elegant wine with lots of rich peppery flavors enhanced by delicate French oak aging for 10 months. Cherry aromas compliment this wine. The palate is rich and full, and has a wonderful balance of lingering fruit, smoky flavors, and youthful tannins.
  Late Harvest Moscato
This dessert wine offers intense, interwining blossomy aromas of apricot, tangerine, and kiwi. The crisp, full-bodied finish bursts with peach and citrus flavors leading to a long, clean finish. Comes in a beautifully etched bottle! (
  Reserve 2003 Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
Made from grapes harvested from one of the top 25 vineyards in the World, Santa Maria Valley's Bien Nacido Vineyard. Hand harvested into small open top ferrnenters, the grapes were cold pre-soaked for four days, and then gently punched down four times daily throughout the fermentation process to maximize the extraction of flavor and color from the skins. Barrel aged for 14 months in medium toast French oak, this wine shows typical Bien Nacido characteristics of plum and cherrys. Oak adds smoky, charred, vanilla elements. The tannins are pure silk and the finish is long and spicy. (Only 45 cases produced)
  Santa Barbara County Viognier
Harvested from a small vineyard on the Mesa in the Santa Ynez Valley, this Rhone style wine was gentle whole clustered pressed and aged in seasoned French oak barrels. It shows lots of delicate fruity characteristics of cantaloupe, apricots, and white peaches. There is an exotic orange/citrus note that makes this wine blossom.
  Zinfandel Port
Dominated with intense, jammy aromas of blueberry and raspberry this desert wine is enhanced by spicy notes of pepper and mint. This truly is a fruit explosion of berry and plum with a lingering silky finish.


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