I recently visited Malibu Wines which, for those of you unfamiliar, is a tasting room affiliated with Malibu Wine Safaris, the excursion that allows you to pet a giraffe while simultaneously
guzzling sipping wine. If that’s not proof positive you can drink wine while doing literally anything I don’t know what is.
Anyhoo, Malibu Wines is unique in that it’s nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers outdoor wine tastings. On the off chance that drinking wine outside on a beautiful day isn’t your thing then you should leave this blog RIGHT NOW. Kidding.
The only major drawback is that the tasting room only offers two brands of wine, Semler and Saddlerock, which was a bummer because variety is the spice of
wine life. Still, I drove 45 minutes for wine so I was gonna drink whatever grape juice was available.
After my tasting I bought a pleasant but overpriced bottle of Gewürztraminer – an all around lovely German wine that’s essentially a less sweet version of Reisling. It’s strong without being tart or dry and slightly sweet without overdoing it, and on a normal day it’s pretty cheap too.
Below, I’ve outlined some tips to make your trip to Malibu Wines as fun, and cost effective, as possible. You’re welcome.
- Skip the tastings if you’re trying to save money. Tastings start at $14 and include four one-ounce pours. This will not get you buzzed; this will not get you anywhere. The cheapest bottle starts at $30. Buy one, sit down, eat your beautiful lunch, be your cutest self, and relax.
- Pack a picnic lunch. There’s a small truck that sells expensive wood-fired pizzas and a shop that sells cheese and crackers but you should definitely bring your own food. In fact, the staff encourages it.
- Make it a girls trip! You can totes
dragbring your significant other along like I did, but unless he or she is a wine lover then you might bore them to death. Instead, put on that romantic floral dress that you never wear and make it a girls trip.
- Make it pretty! There were a bunch of people who went all out with their spreads. I’m talking floral arrangements, pretty disposable dinnerware, cute little pastries, the whole nine. There were also a ton of celebrations going on so if you need a reason to do it big then plan to go for someone’s birthday. 🎈
Have fun! ✨