Two weeks ago Holme Estate Cellars opened their first brick and mortar tasting room in down town Oceanside at 216 N Coast Highway. The Holme Winery has vineyards located in Mount Benson, South Australia and they also produce wine out of Paso Robles, Ca.
The winery is run by the husband and wife team of Julia and Craig Holme. They have both worked on vineyards all over the world from South Africa to South America.
Personally I think we are very lucky they chose Oceanside to open their tasting room.
The tasting room has a nice light, relaxed atmosphere. I have been to too many that are all dark oak and low lighting.
Nice lounge area up front next to the roll up window. Perfect for the coming summer.
No use talking about a winery without talking about the wine. I judge wines like cologne, I want balance from start to finish. The worst thing is a fruit forward wine with no finish or a week start followed by a heavy tannic finish. That is not the case with Holme’s wines they are balanced and delightful.
2011 Shiraz, Library special release. 24 months in French oak.
A great wine. The extended aging softens the tannins associated with shiraz.
2015 Rose. Rose used to be what your mom kept a box of in the fridge. Now days they are complex and cover a verity of styles from sweet to dry. This one is on the drier side, yet still has plenty of fruit on the palate.
2013 Cabernet. A great wine for red meat or duck. If you have not delved into bigger reds this is a great starting point due to the balance.
So, there you have it, Holme Estate Cellars. Go check them out. One of the owners will be there and can walk you through their wine selection.
216 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside
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