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Malibu Coast vintners gain recognition with new AVA
Malibu Coast vintners gain recognition with new AVA

Malibu Coast vintners — all 52 of them — are doing a victory dance right now. Three years after first applying for AVA (American Viticultural Area) status for the Malibu Coast, the vineyards there have been granted their own AVA. What does that mean exactly? Wines from Malibu-based estates now have the option to include Malibu Coast AVA on their labels. Elliott Dolin of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards, one of several winery owners to spearhead the application process, says, "It allows us to establish a sense of place and an identity for our wines. It also gives us some credibility in the wine world at large and reestablishes the history of wine grape growing in Malibu....

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