Visit to Coastview Vineyards with winemaker Ian Brand

We met Ian at the bottom of the mountain, at the end of Chualar Canyon Road, to drive up to where the vineyard encircles the top of the mountain, out of sight from the road. The dust flew around us as we ascended the dirt road to the vineyard, and we could hear the sound of bleating goats (the vineyard owner employs a small herd of them, and also sheep, to help maintain the vegetation and scrub around the vineyard). Once we reached the top of the mountain, where the Chardonnay is planted, the views were amazing, both south and west toward the ocean, as well as southeast and north toward the neighboring hills and mountains.