Wine excellence: Southern California’s Terranea hits the mark for top drops

by James Wilkinson

Southern California’s Terranea is continually recognised as one of America’s top destinations for fine wine alongside delightful cuisine.

Located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Terranea is one of Southern California’s premier luxury oceanfront resorts with 102 acres of unparalleled Pacific Ocean views.

Alongside the phenomenal location and views, Terranea is well known for its spectacular food and beverage offerings, headlined by mar’sel, where it’s all about New American and Mediterranean delights from farm-to-table produce and an epic wine list.

That drinks offering has been again rated as one of the world’s best, with mar’sel being awarded Wine Spectator‘s Best of Award of Excellence for its ninth consecutive year recently.

The restaurant received the second highest level of Wine Spectator’s annual awards program, which recognises the world’s best wine restaurant lists and programs exemplifying outstanding wine service.

Mar’sel’s wine collection of 375 bottles is designed to complement Michelin-starred Chef de Cuisine Fabio Ugoletti’s seasonal new American dishes featuring farm-to-table creations using ingredients from Terranea’s herb and vegetable garden and from nearby Catalina View Farms.

The wine offerings provide discerning guests with an interesting selection of both New World and Old World varietals – California cult, French Bordeaux, Burgundy and many others from Italy, Portugal, Oregon, Germany, Australia, Austria, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Hungary and Spain.

The 5,000-bottle wine cellar is meticulously maintained with prestige and vintage wines offered through the Coravin system to preserve optimal freshness and quality. In addition, mar’sel teammates collaborate with guests to present outstanding, bi-monthly, interactive vintner dinners.

The entire dining experience is complemented by the sound of crashing waves and panoramic Pacific Ocean views in what is a stunning setting.


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