Let's Talk Wine with Eric Garnier
November 2012

Boccali Vineyards and Winery

Nestled high in Upper Ojai Valley is Boccali Vineyards and Winery. Also on the property is their restaurant. As the northern most winery on the Ventura Wine Trail, I decided to pay them a visit. Over the years, I have driven by their place several times and never stopped. I guess I will have to make up for lost times.

As I sat with Joe Boccali on a grassy area, I had the Topa Topa mountains staring at me in the face. All around us were fields of citrus, avocados and pumpkins. Joe went on to explain how the family started farming here in the late 1800's. Winemaking was always part of the farming experience until Prohibition took them out of the wine business. They opened a restaurant about 27 years ago and started replanting grapes in 2003. They bottled their first vintage in 2006. With five acres dedicated to growing grapes in Ojai, winemaking takes up a lot of their time. All of their wines are 100% estate and 100% varietal (no blending). The total operation of wine making is done on site, guaranteeing quality from start to finish. Also unique is that each of their wine labels reflect some kind of reference to Ojai.

Shangri-La Grenache Blanc. Crisp and refreshing with light acidity. Great alternative to a heavy Chardonnay on a hot day. Citrus and apricot notes.

Pink Moment Rose Syrah. Fresh, and dry with balanced acidity. Slight floral, strawberry and citrus aromas. Great wine to serve with salads, pizzas or just about any tapa.

Topa Topa Syrah. Deep, dark and rich, this wine exhibits aromas of dark cherry, blackberries and pepper. Medium bodied but able to hold up against a nice steak. I truly enjoyed this wine.

Old Vine Zinfandel. Medium bodied Zinfandel, not overly jammy. Mellow tannins with hints of raspberries and plum. Perfect with BBQ or Mexican food.

Rustic Red. Joe and his father DeWayne blended their Zinfandel, Cabernet and Syrah together for this wine . With the zin at 60% of the blend, one really gets the fruit forward ness of this blend. This well balanced wine can be served with just about any creation that comes out of the kitchen.

So, next time you are in Ojai, stop by and taste some wonderful locally made wines while you eat at their restaurant , which by the way uses many of the fruits and vegetables grown right on the property. Be sure to check their website for restaurant and tasting hours and locations.

Tasting room: Fri-Sun 12-5 pm
3277 East Ojai Avenue, Ojai, 93023
805 701-5193

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