We spent most of last weekend in the sonoma area of wine country. We stayed at a favorite inn , ate at a favorite restaurant and went to 3 wineries. 2 were old favorites: Lambert Bridge which does my favorite white wine — a Viognier and Quivira where in the past we have bought zins, but this year it was their petite syrah. Our final stop — hook and Ladder. Really lots of good wines. and inexpensive. We also got a great deal on a case of one of their reds. They were phasing out on label, so they were selling cheap. Sadly ( no not really) it is an older wine and we need to drink it right away.
My DH and I spent Saturday in the best possible way after a busy week. We took Bart into SF , had lunch, then visited our friend T at his place of work. T works at
Crushpad. Crushpad is a winery in SF. Yes, a winery in the city. They buy grapes from vineyards all over the state( Oregon and Washington,too) and make specialty wines. As an individual, group, restaurant, or corporation you can buy a barrel and be as involved as you want in wine making process. Our friend showed us around the different rooms and told us some of the techniques ( old and modern) that are used to bring out the potential in the grapes. We also got to taste some of the young wines in the barrel. I’ve been to wineries before , and done tastings, but this was different. It was different because I got to taste the same kind of wine made from grapes from different vineyards. Chardonnay,for example, can have a much wider variety of flavors than I thought.
Walking around the barrels, learning how something I enjoy is made, while tasting what I enjoy, is a great way to spend a weekend.