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South Florida Reporter

SOUTH FLORIDA REPORTER: Tasting Renowned New Comer “Oceano” Wines

Rachel Martin cut her wine teeth in the mid 2000’s with her involvement in the founding and management of the well-respected Boxwood Vineyards in Middleburg, Va.

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Paso Robles Magazine

PASO ROBLES MAGAZINE: Chardonnay – A Perfect Summer Into Fall Transition Wine

We’re almost at the tail end of summer and some of us will soon be reaching for red wines to replace the refreshing whites. But do we really want to give up the whites altogether?

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Red Wine With Breakfast

RED WINE WITH BREAKFAST: What To Drink Now: SLO Coast Wines Today On KXAS-TV/NBC DFW

The influence the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans have on wines throughout the northern and southern hemisphere is significant, creating refreshing effects on delicate fruit as cooling breezes blow through vines off the water. From Spain to Uruguay, Oregon to Chile, California to New Zealand, wines of the world benefit from the intoxicating rhythms of our oceans.

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PodcastOne

PODCASTONE: A female force: What it's like for Rachel Martin to be a woman owner of a winery

Rachel Martin is a Virginia native and the owner of Oceano Wines in California. Scott Greenberg talks with her about how she got her start in wines at Boxwood Wines in Middleburg, Virginia, why she's focusing on chardonnay and pinot noir, and what it's like to be a female owner of a winery.

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Loudoun Times

LOUDOUN TIMES: Virginia wine veteran partners with local group to release Wine for Women's Equality

Middleburg native and California vintner Rachel Martin has teamed up with a Leesburg-based organization, Just Good Business, to release the "Wine for Women’s Equality" in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, an amendment aimed at guaranteeing equal rights to men and women under the Constitution.

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The Chalk Report

THE CHALK REPORT: WINE REVIEW: 2017 Oceano Chardonnay, Spanish Springs Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County ($44)

Oceano is a lean, acidic style of Chardonnay that is out of the California mainstream. It’s lively, bright flavors make it compatible with a wide variety of food. For example, chicken, turkey, white fish, salmon and pork. Also Asian flavors such as Vietnamese soups, Thai curry, etc.

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The Chalk Report

THE CHALK REPORT: WINE REVIEW: 2018 Oceano Pinot Noir, Spanish Springs Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County, CA ($45)

Put this Pinot Noir from a tiny winery in California’s central coast as one to watch out for. Oceano owner Rachel Martin makes just Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from San Luis Obispo County grapes. Winemaker Marbue Marke, trained at UC Davis and is now based in Napa, makes the journey to SLO to oversee things.

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Wine-Searcher

WINE-SEARCHER: Why X Marks the Spot for Selling Wine

"I don't think of marketing as being generation-specific," says Rachel Martin, co-owner of San Luis Obispo's Oceano. "That said, I was born in 1971, right in the middle of Generation X. The way I look at the world, including marketing Oceano, is framed by my experience.

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Blue Lifestyle

BLUE LIFESTYLE: 94 Points - Oceano Wines 2017 Chardonnay

This is a stunning wine with no malolactic fermentation, bracingly crisp and pure with lively fruit, silky texture and bright acidity; long and refreshing.

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Blue Lifestyle

BLUE LIFESTYLE: 93 Points - Oceano Wines 2018 Pinot Noir

Soft, medium ruby color; silky and fresh, bright pomegranate and cranberry fruit, racy acidity and lovely balance; can i say “Burgundian” without getting in trouble?

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Decanter

DECANTER: California’s San Luis Obispo Coast for wine lovers

Slow burning fog melts away to warm sunshine and reliable coastal breezes, making San Luis Obispo Coast home to one of the world’s longest wine growing seasons and with the natural ability to produce crisp Chardonnays, and juicy and earthy Pinot Noirs by producers such as Sinor-Lavalle, Oceano, Cutruzzola, and Niner Estates.

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Washington Post

FOOD & WINE: 15 California Chardonnays to Drink Now

California Chardonnay is at a strange crossroads right now. There’s no question it’s popular—Chardonnay maintains its status as the most popular wine in the United States, a position it’s had for decades now. At the same time, particularly when I talk to wine drinkers who are younger than 30 or so, there’s no question that California Chardonnay isn’t at the top of the list when it comes to what’s cool; it’s considered the mom grape. Yet the terms people tend to use to define it—buttery, oaky, rich, unctuous—are actually becoming less and less applicable to most California Chardonnays. So when it comes to Chardonnay, what exactly is going on?

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Washington Post

WASHINGTON POST: 5 things to know about chardonnay, the world's most popular white wine

Chardonnay is so popular that it is nearly synonymous with white wine. We feel comfortable with it. It's easy to say, and it sounds like it ends with a smile. Here are five things to know to make your chardonnay experience more meaningful.

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Wine Review Online

WINE REVIEW ONLINE: 95 Points - Oceano, San Luis Obispo County (Central Coast, California) Chardonnay Spanish Springs Vineyard 2017

Our Wine of the Year at this year’s San Diego International wine competition, this wine rises up once again. Absolutely gorgeous Chardonnay, this shows a crisp and creamy profile, with lively tropical fruit alongside lemon, soft vanilla and well-chosen oak spice notes. These elements are integrated with layered complexity and finish together with power that’s weighty without being heavy. There’s a nod to Burgundian style here without sacrificing California freshness and the Central Coast’s inherent beauty. A legitimate achievement in Chardonnay! A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.

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Wine Review Online

FORBES: Eight Cool And Unique Wines To Try Now

There has never been a better time to be a wine lover than now. Indeed, every year is better than the year before for wine lovers largely because restaurants, retail stores, and wine clubs have together created amazing access to wines from across the globe. If you are in the market for something new to try in 2019, below you'll find wines that merit a second look--from the vineyards of Colorado to entirely female winemaking operations. All are available online, some are sold in retail stores.

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Wine Review Online

WINE REVIEW ONLINE: 95 Points - Oceano, San Luis Obispo County (Central Coast, California) Chardonnay Spanish Springs Vineyard 2017

This absolutely gorgeous Chardonnay shows a crisp and creamy profile, with lively tropical fruit alongside lemon, soft vanilla and well-chosen oak spice notes. These elements are integrated with layered complexity and finish together with power that’s impactful without being heavy.

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The Tasting Panel

THE TASTING PANEL: White Wines Worthy of a Spring Celebration (page 24)

As winter wears on and red-wine malaise sets in, I look forward to the arrival of spring—and, of course, to the white wines that come with it. Some recent events got me in the mood to delve into the category; here are two expressions I found to be exceptional—and well-priced to boot!

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Oceano Surprises at San Diego Judging

ROBERT WHITLEY: Oceano Surprises at San Diego Judging

The element of surprise is easily the most scintillating aspect of a "blind" wine tasting. When all bias in favor of region, producer and price is removed, anything can happen and often does.

Such was the case at the 37th San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge from April 6-7. One of the youngest wineries (first vintage 2016) to enter one of the oldest wine competitions in the United States (founded in 1982) scored a stunning, some might even say surprising, triumph when the 2017 Oceano Spanish Springs Vineyard Chardonnay ($38) emerged as the domestic Wine of the Year at the venerable competition.

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Podcast

THE CONNECTED TABLE: Listen to the Podcast

Rachel Martin has drawn upon her extensive oenology and business finesse managing her family’s Boxwood Estate Winery in Virginia to launch Oceano Wines with husband and co-owner, Kurt Deutsch. Oceano is 100% Chardonnay hand-harvested at Spanish Springs in San Luis Obispo County, CA.

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Terriorist

THE TASTING PANEL: Down the Aisle

In Down the Aisle, the editors at The Tasting Panel rate retail beverages based on a combination of elements that can affect off-premise potential, including packaging, branding/credibility, value, and user friendliness.

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Terriorist

TERRIORIST: Wine Reviews: California Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – they grow together, and they go together. And, this week, I’ve got a fresh batch of Chards and Pinots from California.

In this report, I tasted two vintages of Chardonnay from Oceano, which is owned and operated by Rachel Martin of Virginia’s Boxwood Estate. The fruit is sourced from the slops of Price Canyon in San Luis Obispo County, and the vineyard is located less than two miles from the coast. The wines were fermented and aged at Caldwell Vineyards in Napa. These wines really impressed me with their lively, salty, oceanic vibes, and I’m excited to see they have a Pinot Noir coming soon, too.

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SANTÉ: The Weekly Dozen - Going Bicoastal

The note came from out of the blue, the blue of the Pacific as it turns out.

“First, to reintroduce myself; my name is Rachel Martin and I am the owner of Oceano Wines in San Luis Obispo County. We have met before in relation to my family’s winery, Boxwood Winery in Middleburg VA.”

Indeed we had. Martin’s family, which once owned the Washington Redskins, is one of a group of Virginia winery owners who took the task seriously and who helped make the region as respected as it is today. Now, she, along with music, film and theater producer Kurt Deutsch, was making wine on the West Coast.

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WASHINGTON POST: 5 wines perfect for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine's Day approaching, romance is in the air, so I've included two wines in this week's recommendations made by vintners who are planning their weddings. They include an outstanding chardonnay from California's Central Coast and a quirky sparkling red wine from Virginia. A modestly priced champagne and two classic zinfandels round out the selection.

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CHEDDAR: It's Chardonnay Weather....Somewhere

Kurt Deustch and Rachel Martin were strangers seated together at a film festival, and that fortuitous meeting turned into a wine company. The vintners of Oceano wines join Cheddar to celebrate the launch of their new line.

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