Deep Roots at Alamar Wines

Published January 4, 2024

Alamar Wines has deep roots in the land they harvest. Owner and winemaker, Blake Pacheco, is tied to the land at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch where his family toiled the terrain for generations. The soil seasoned by previous generations now cultivates his fruit. You can almost taste the energetic symmetry.

The Alamar knot is a badge of honor that a respected horsemen like Blake’s great great grandfather would drape on a horse’s neck to celebrate the horse had graduated training. It’s a symbol that the horse is ready to work with the vaquero. This achievement could take years of dedication and patience. You can’t rush the process.

Viticulture is no different. Needless to say, Blake’s passion runs deep. He poured two uniquely styled chardonnays, showing off the versatility of the grape in this region. The one with a kiss of oak had a round creamy mouthfeel that I envisioned with a rich pasta like fettuccine carbonara. A rose made from cabernet sauvignon was as rich and insightful as the winemaker’s historical stories. But his love of reds was evident when he pointed out that no grape embraces its terroir quite like pinot noir. His has that characteristically vibrant body of the Santa Lucia Highlands with the touch of heavenly red fruit we crave from resting in new and neutral French oak.


The stories alone are worth a visit. The wine makes everything better. Check back here soon to find out about the tasting room’s new location!

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