While the area is awash in Amgen fever, here's something related to sip on. Malibu Family Wines, a producer in the Santa Monica Mountains, has released King of the Mountains Cuvee - a.k.a. the official wine of the Amgen Tour of California. Bottles cost $32 each, with proceeds to benefit Stage 8 of the tour.
The wine's style is something of a Bordeaux-Rhone hybrid, featuring a blend of 65 percent cabernet sauvignon, 20 percent syrah, 10 percent grenache and 5 percent mourvedre. And you can see the estate vineyards that spawned this fruit come Sunday, when Stage 8 of the Amgen Tour winds through the Santa Monica Mountains.
"We're in the backyard of Amgen," said Kevin Bening of Malibu Family Wines. "As the helicopters are floating above, you'll see our vineyards. It's really an amazing stage. They'll be doing four laps with 10,000 feet of vertical climbing."
Look for King of the Mountains Cuvee at www.malibufamilywines.com.