Although the original settler may have been Joaquin Murrieta, the bandit who favored the water at the property’s artesian well, it was a French native whom recognized the land’s potential for amazing wine quality. Louis Mel bought the 92-acre property in 1883 and built a winery into the hillside adjacent to the well. The old stone winery building is a gorgeous example of early California architecture. Local timber and rustic concrete made from gravel gathered from the nearby Arroyo Mocho Creek were used in the construction.
Wine and cheese have been a match of two staples for centuries. Today there is an ever increasing number of options for both wines and cheese when it comes to pairing decisions. It can be a little difficult to know where to begin.
Here is a handy guide to give you a place to start for pairing your favorite wines with soon-to-be favored cheese – or vice-versa.