Award-winning car collector and Mullin Automotive Museum Founder Peter Mullin has introduced the world to Mullin Estate Wines. Each vintage is inspired by a bespoke French automobile from his collection. At launch Mullin Estate Wines has four distinctive bottlings: the 2016 Rosso Umbria IGT, 2016 Syrah Umbria IGT, 2016 Sangiovese Umbria IGT and 2018 Grechetto IGT.
The Doglio vineyard is close to the medieval hilltop town of Todi in Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy. The ancient viticulture tradition here traces back to the Etruscans who began growing grapes between the 8th and 3rd century BC.
Made by third-generation winemaker Paolo Trappolini, the wines are bottled, labeled and packaged in the local cantina for shipment around the globe.
2016 Rosso Umbria IGT
The youngest and most versatile of the family, the “little” Rosso Umbria is inspired by the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet—Mrs. Mullin’s personal choice. Best paired with simply-prepared red meat, pasta with ragout and roasted poultry, this red blend is full bodied with an intense flavor and smooth tannins.
2016 Syrah Umbria IGT
Like the 1937 Talbot-Lago Type 150-C-S “Teardrop,” the Syrah Umbria is elegant, serious and powerful. Delicious with braised red meat, steaks and seasonal cheeses, this wine has a round and silky flavor composition with equally round and rich tannins.
2016 Sangiovese Umbria IGT
Made with the best selection of grapes in limited quantities, Sangiovese is the leading indigenous grape of both Tuscany and Umbria. It is the crown jewel of the collection, much like its 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic counterpart. With deep, warm flavors of plum, spices, dark chocolate and tobacco, this wine has good minerality and a very long-lasting taste.
2018 Grechetto Umbria IGT
With an intense scent of white flowers, white peach and hazelnut with a pleasant, yet slightly bitter, almond aftertaste, the Grechetto Umbria is as airy and breathtaking as the legendary “Star of India” 1938 Delahaye 135M bodied by Figoni that inspired it. Mullin Estate Wines’ first white wine makes a perfect pair with seafood, shellfish, pasta with ragout, legume soups and light sheep cheese.
Alongside his selection of wines was also the reintroduction of COAST Big Sur which has reopened to the public. The revised concept includes a new gourmet café.
Since opening as Coast Gallery in 1958, COAST Big Sur has been a fixture on California’s Central Coast and a destination for tourists and artists looking to experience Big Sur’s stunning landscapes and coastline. While the iconic exterior design featuring three enormous water tanks fashioned with 2,000-year-old redwood slabs remains, the interior space is now home to a boutique along with a world-class gallery space for a variety of creatives including award-winning Dutch sculptor Loet Vanderveen.
In addition to fine art and gifts, COAST now features an elevated casual café with a stunning view of the California coastline from an expansive rooftop terrace. Head chef Nick Balla brings his expertise and signature style to the project, having previously served at several award-winning San Francisco restaurants including Bar Tartine, Duna and Smokebread.