The tasting room for Kaena (the personal label of Mikael Segouin, winemaker at Beckmen) is now open in Los Olivos at 2933 San Marcos Avenue (next to Scott Cellars). Though Kaena was established ten years ago, the tasting room is a first. They are open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5pm and Mondays by appointment. Often Mikael Segouin (the owner/winemaker) is pouring his beautifully handcrafted, boutique wines (annual case production is a mere 1500). And if Mikael isn’t there, then his wife Sally is probably pouring – this is truly a family ohana business. Here is the current flight that is being poured: 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Grenache Rosé, 2010 Hapa Blanc (white blend of 75% Grenache Blanc, 25% Roussanne), 2008 Hale (red blend of 65% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Mourvedre), 2008 Look Me In the Eye (red blend of 70% Grenache, 30% Syrah), 2008 Hapa Red (red blend of 56% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Mourvedre), 2008 Larner Grenache. A side note about the 2008 Larner Grenache – I tasted this back in June of 2010 at the Santa Barbara County Wine Futures Tasting and it knocked my socks off – (here is a link to my post about it) even though the wine wasn’t released yet. A year later, it tastes even better! Head on over to Kaena and say Aloha (Mikael is Hawaiian) and tell him you heard about Kaena from Wine Nation Underdog! If you aren’t able to visit in person, you can still order wines online from Kaena’s new online store. Mahalo!