A relaxed tasting room on the east side of the PCH (marked by giant blue beach chairs that you won’t miss), Rosenthal has a small interior that opens onto a mountainside, hidden backyard space outfitted with picnic tables, umbrellas, and patio lounge furniture. They serve two labels: The Malibu Estate wines (mostly reds) are made from the twenty-acre Malibu vineyard that’s four miles in and up from the ocean, and their Surfrider label (more variety) sources grapes from around California. Rosenthal offers tasting flights but the move is to post up with a bottle of wine and some friends on the back patio—if you can, plan to bring snacks/a picnic spread and games with you, although you can buy a cheese spread there, and there’s a food truck, plus live music on the weekends. (Rosenthal is also next door to Reel Inn, which is always an option if you’re in the mood for seafood. And it’s directly across from beach access, at Topanga, if you want to squeeze in some time at water, too.)

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