Although Temecula is a great wine region, you really don’t need to go all the way there for a great wine-tasting experience – the Laguna Canyon Winery is outstanding.
The Laguna Canyon Winery is located on the Laguna Canyon Road, just up the hill from Laguna Beach, California. There is also a downtown tasting room. The vineyard is owned by two brothers, Marlowe J. Huber and Darren N. Huber. The Huber brothers operated two wineries in Canada for 15 years before opening their dream winery in 2003 in Orange County.
The downtown Laguna tasting room at 380 Glenneyre Street allows you to savor all of the winery’s products in a comfortable atmosphere with an ocean view. FYI, if you buy a bottle of wine at the downtown winery you can drink it at some of the local restaurants (Asada, Tommy Bahama’s, and Nick’s for example), which won’t charge you a corking fee for doing so.
Laguna Canyon also has a custom wine label program in case you ever want to create your own custom wine bottle labels. Personalized wine makes a great gift for occasions and celebrations (think birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and so forth)
Favorite wines from the vineyard include the 2009 Red Thief which is in a Côtes-du-Rhône style, the Madera Tawny Port (375 ml), and the Rockpile Malbec (the latter two have each won gold medals at the Orange County Fair).
The Tawny Port uses authentic Portuguese grapes and creates aromas of cognac with a rich vanilla finish. Enjoy this one with some chocolate truffles. The Rockpile Malbec has a deep color with a finish of berries. Drink this one now or cellar it to enjoy later with meats or pasta.
A portion of the profits from sales in the Laguna Canyon Purple Paws line goes to the care of homeless pets, and a portion of the profits of the Wyland Cellars brand goes to support the Wyland Foundation which supports environmental and children’s programs.
These wines are available at both the winery and the downtown locations, as well as in 15 states.
So the next time you are near Laguna Beach don’t miss the Laguna Canyon Winery at either or both of their two locations. You’ll enjoy the flavor and bouquet of these award-winning and handcrafted wines.
Laguna Canyon Winery
2133 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651