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LeftCoast Destination Services is strategically positioned to provide seamless planning and implementation for an organization’s multi-locale event, activity and tour requirements throughout the Pacific Coast and western region of the United States.
We have had the opportunity to coordinate services throughout California, in Arizona, Oregon and Washington States. Our team of hospitality and destination professionals strive for Innovative, Precise, Engaging…FUN! experiences surpassing our client’s expectations.
Some of our more unique accomplishments:
We’ve coordinated a one day rally from Las Vegas to Coronado Island for a well-known Italian corporation. 120 of their top executives, in 30 SUV’s, stopped at strategic points on the route to complete challenges.
We’ve coordinated a two week over the road tour of zoos and national parks for 30 scientists for an international zoological association.
We coordinated offsite tours and activities for 1.200 conference attendees in Dana Point. This incorporated sailing, whale watching, deep sea fishing, Hollywood/Universal Studios tours, guided local city tours, and a Festival of the Arts excursion.
We’ve coordinated a number of exclusive client appreciation programs for companies where we converted unique, non-traditional space into event settings that, because of their distinctness, were indelibly sealed in the memory of attendees – exactly what our clients sought to keep their name in the forefront of their customer’s thoughts.
Is there interest in visiting one specific region, or does your group seek an over-the-road wine tourism adventure encompassing visits to multiple AVA’s? Our forte is creation of personalized visits that incorporate a cross-section of different sized and different styles of wineries in each region.
We are always pleased to formulate a sample itinerary providing our suggested overview of the flow for the day, potential wineries to be visited, food service options, all broken down with pricing that includes transportation, wine tasting, food service, staffing, all taxes and gratuities. .
Virtually anyone interested in the culture of wine is familiar with Napa and Sonoma in California. Below we have identified a few of the many other fascinating wine regions, traditional and emerging, to be found in the western United States worthy of consideration for a future visit.
This region has been growing grapes longer than virtually any other area in California with the first documented wine grapes cultivated at Mission San Diego de Alcalá, for religious rites, somewhere around 1779. Appropriately called the California Mission grape, these vines thrived in San Diego until about the mid 1830s when drought and disease killed them off.
As a result of immigration related to the Gold Rush, vines returned to California and eventually migrated south to San Diego. Next came prohibition and a period of patchy history. Wineries once again began to thrive in the region in the mid-1900s. The Mediterranean climate of warm days and cool nights is perfect for grape growing. There are now over 115 vintners spread out throughout greater San Diego County.
Nestled in the front range of the Pacific coastal mountains of Southern California, the Ramona Valley has a rich history of vineyards and wine making, dating back to the early missions. Hot days and cool nights, influenced by the coastal marine layer and fog, contribute to conditions that produce quality wine grapes.
The area is a broad valley that is ringed by hills and mountains that isolate it from the surrounding areas.
Located approximately 35 miles NE of San Diego at 1,400 feet above sea level, the Ramona Valley AVA incorporates an 89,000 acre area covering 139 square miles of primarily rural area in north central San Diego County. Home to more than 80 commercial vineyards and 20 bonded wineries, new vineyards and wineries are being developed within the Ramona Valley each year.
No longer just the preferred domain of entertainment stars, over the past twenty years, numerous boutique wineries have taken root in the fertile mountains in Malibu, along the Pacific Coast north of Los Angeles.
There is a perfect micro climate in the hills above the ocean, aided by coastal fog often rolling in from the sea, augmenting the excellent soil and prevailing weather conditions prominent throughout the year.
Located halfway between Paso Robles and Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez Valley sprawls across 300,000 acres, featuring over 120 wineries, large estate vineyards to small boutique vintners. This was the AVA featured in the 2004 Academy Award nominated movie Sideways. A wonderful enhancement to visiting the area is exploration of the city of Solvang and its northern European atmosphere, founded by Danish-Americans in 1911.
Between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Paso Robles Wine Country is home to more than 200 wineries, mostly comprised of boutique and small family-owned vineyards and vintners. With innovative and proprietary Paso Robles blends of Bordeaux, Rhône and Zinfandel varietals, many young boutique wineries in the region have gained recognition for their fine California vintages.
Oregon’s leading wine region, over two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards will be found in the region, now home to nearly 500 wineries. It is recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world. Other cool-climate varieties such as Pinot gris, Pinot blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewürztraminer are cultivated in this AVA.
The vineyard region of Washington State east of the Cascades is known as Washington Wine Country and includes the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley.
Award-winning wines, straight from the source, are often poured by the wine-maker her/himself at many small boutique tasting rooms. The regions first AVA (American Viticulture Area) - Yakima Valley AVA, originated in 1983. Over 240 wineries utilize grapes from the exceptional regional AVA's of Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Snipes Mountain and Naches Heights
These are but a sampling of the many western United States wine regions that await discovery and exploration.
The staff of LeftCoast Wine Country Experiences is eager to assist with planning, coordination and implementation of an itinerary that focuses on one specific area, or even better, a multiple day experience that incorporates visits to a variety of wineries within one region or amongst several.