The Markup on Wines at Mastro’s Ocean Club

IMG_8278We celebrated a birthday at Mastros’ Ocean Club at the Newport Coast. We had never been to this hot spot between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. Six of us sat in the quieter area of the restaurant.

The bar area is quite a scene. You could easily film a reality television show at this restaurant. It’s great people watching. There was a live piano player and singer.

We ordered the Ocean Club Crab Cakes, salads that were overdressed, and oysters Rockerfeller for appetizers. For entrees we had the New York Strip and Petite Filet with a Chilean Sea Bass. Since there were more red proteins than white proteins, we ordered a 2007 Barrett Syrah . Our server told us that the Barrett Vineyard Syrah comes from a tiny 2 acre estate vineyard at the foot of Mount St. Helena. It’s an  incredibly layered, textural, and complex wine. It’s a very versatile steakhouse wine.

What I found interesting was there was not a bottle of red wine less than $100. This wine was $155. Most restaurants start by pricing a bottle on a wine list at about three times the wholesale price, or about twice the price of retail.

According to Wine Searcher – the price history for 2007 La Sirena Barrett Vineyard Syrah, Napa Valley, USA is an average of $75, at Mastro’s Ocean Club their mark up was double plus $5.

I learned this wine’s harvest date was September 8, 2007. It’s a blend of 1% Petite Sirah, 99% Syrah from Barrett Vineyards in Calistoga, Napa Valley. It was stored in 100% French oak barrels, with a release date in 2011. Barrett Vineyards made 367 cases and 20 cases of Magnums.

According to their website, the 2007 is a highly touted vintage for good reason. It is fully ripe and concentrated. The wine has a veryIMG_8286 deep ruby red color with aromas of ripe black plums, pomegranate, mineral, spice, and pepper, more Cab-like than past vintages.

The name “La Sirena” means “the Mermaid” in Spanish and Italian. The winemaker,  Heidi Peterson Barrett, chose it because she is a long time scuba diver and was looking for something fun and magical (like wine) to name the winery.

Heidi Peterson Barrett is a winemaker who has been responsible for some of California’s most notable cult wines, including Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Paradigm Winery, Grace Family Vineyards, Amuse Bouche, Lamborn Family Vineyards, Showket Vineyards and Fantesca, is a consultant for Diamond Creek Vineyards and Niebaum-Coppola,Kenzo Estate and has her own wine label, La Sirena.

Mastro’s didn’t give us a complimentary slice of cake for my husband’s birthday. Be sure to bring a few bucks to the restroom. Their is a sweet attendant turning your water on and handing you a towel.

8112 East Coast Highway, Newport Beach (949)346-6990. Or call Open Table –



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