Wine of the Day: Tangent Wines

Crisp, bright, refreshing, and lively, these adjectives define Edna Valley’s Tangent Wines. Effortlessly capturing the cool-climate characteristics of the SLO Coast region, showcasing quality fruit from the acclaimed Paragon Vineyard. First planted in 1973 by the Niven family, pioneers of the area, the Paragon Vineyard has been farmed sustainably from its start. Jack Niven was dedicated to the area, leading the petition to create the Edna Valley AVA, which was finally granted in 1982. In 2008 the family participated in the pilot program for SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification, becoming one of the first to achieve certification in California.

Sister brands True Myth and BAILEYANA focus on classic international varieties, showcasing the vineyard as a whole, as well as single blocks of fruit. Tangent’s focus is to showcase unique white varieties that highlight the cool, coastal climate of Edna Valley. The coolest growing region in California, sitting just 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The maritime climate creates a long growing season allowing slow fruit ripening, ensuring ripe flavors are matched with sharp, lively acidity. Tangent wines see no oak, ensuring that clean freshness is carried through from the vine to the glass.

The Spanish variety, Albarino, thrives in coastal climates, with delicate skins soaking in a salty brininess that ocean breezes bring to the fruit, melding with floral lemon blossom and white rose, matched with juicy lemonade lemon, white peach, and nectarine, beautifully displayed in Tangent Albarino ($20.)

The majority of fruit grown for Tangent Sauvignon Blanc ($17) dates back to the original plantings in 1973, meaning vines have dug deep into the mineral-intense soils of the Paragon Vineyard, creating a wine with crushed stone earthiness melding with grapefruit, lime leaf, lemon zest, and apple. Energetic and sunny, with zippy vibrancy. Bonus, the Sauvignon Blanc and Rose wines are also available in cans ($8 – 375ml), making them perfect for enjoying poolside, or beachside, through the end of summer.

With a lively blend of Albarino, Viognier, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Grenache, Tangent Rose ($8 – 375ml cans) is a highly aromatic expression of dry rose, layering wild roses, lilac, and lavender, with golden apple, Asian pear, peach, and a touch of tropical pineapple and banana.