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From the porch, my eyes roam the Washington valleys. The view is a familiar one, rolling fields
set ablaze by the sinking sun, conjuring memories from out of my heart like visions of a past life.
I sip my wine, and swirl the ruby liquid in the base of my glass, my eyes following its rippling
“No place else,” a familiar voice reminds me.
A wind howls in from the North, lashing over the valleys, and my eyes chase the breeze into the
dark of the approaching night. The light of the first stars puncture the dark, like the first embers
of a campfire. A love-struck tragedy, I see their faces again, bathed in the glow of our midnight
“A place like no other,” I repeat.
Moments more, and the sun disappears over the horizon, the last embers of sunset glistening like
I pour myself another glass, my eyes glancing over the label, and my mind drifts off to the
foothills of the Santa Maria Valley, California, and the family owned Cambria Estate Winery®.
Home to world-class wines of the Pacific Coast, Cambria’s unique wines come from four separate vineyards, each with its own specialization.
Katherine’s Vineyard, named after owner Barbara Banke’s eldest daughter, is planted in
sand and granite soils with moderate weather that allows the fruit to reach full ripeness while
maintaining the balancing acids. Katherine’s Vineyard produces a crisp line of Chardonnay with
rich fruity aromas and a refreshing finish.
Julia’s Vineyard was named after Barbara Banke’s younger daughter. This vineyard is located
at the heart of the Santa Maria Bench. The vineyard is sustainably farmed and offers one of
the longest growing seasons in California. Julia’s specialty lies in distinct and diverse Pinot
Noirs. Some provide bright floral aromatics, while others offer an earthy note, a supple texture
or a firm backbone.
The Bench Break Vineyard is formed from ancient erosions of Monterey shale and quartz. It
features shallow, pebbly soil which restricts vine vigor and in turn promotes smaller berries
for more concentrated flavors. The results lend a rich, intense and powerful Pinot Noir and
The Tepusquet Vineyard is on a downward slope that shelters the vines from Santa Maria’s
prevailing winds. The soils of Tepusquet were once the site of a prehistoric river bed offering
sandy, porous grounds for rich, ripe wines with great balancing acidity. From this special
terroir, Tepusquet offers Syrah, a deep, spicy blend of plush dark fruit. Tepusquet is also home
to a pair of Cambria’s exclusive wines available only at the winery and to club members.
With its valleys and foot hills influenced by the coastal shores and California sun, Cambria’s hand-crafted wines offer quality like no other.
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