Topanga Vineyards, California
When husband and wife team Sandy Garber and Ralph Meyer settled in Southern California's Topanga Canyon, their sights were not set on the vineyard way of life. As they looked around the rolling hills of their quiet surroundings, better known as a Hollywood hideaway than an agricultural hotbed, they began to see their home as Los Angeles County's answer to the Southern Rhône Valley. So began the planting, first 90 vines on their canyon property and then expanding into a grower's co-op with friends and neighbors. However, these grapes were reserved for home winemaking and entertaining, while Garber and Meyer extended their enterprise into the Central Coast. Their commercial venture, under the TV label, combines the couple's experience in home winemaking with fine fruit sourced from Edna Valley, Paso Robles, Napa Valley and Happy Canyon to produce distinctly Californian styles of Rhône-inspired wines.