The Sonoma Wine Crawl
This year the wine club planned a trip to Sonoma County California. There we spent three days loosely divide into the Dry Creek AVA (mostly Zinfandels-day 1), the Russian River Valley (mostly Pinot Noir-day 2), and the Alexander Valley/Chalk Hill (Bordeaux varieties-day 3).
Harvest was in full swing with most of the grape varieties ripening at the same time. Everyone was busy but with smiling as the 2013 wines should be very good and plentiful.
Herein is some of the photographic evidence of the wonderful weather and great places we visited.
Lunch stop-Day 1 The Dry Creek General Store
The Bar at Dry Creek General Store
…and nearby Kokomo winery with Rosa, our pourer
Mauritson Winery-They gave us a great tour...
Mauritson-punching down the grapes...
Here are the grapes!
…and some that were not yet harvested-very sweet!
Day 2-Hartford Winery...
…and tasting room.
Bonus wineries-Saphire Hill and Pezzi King while waiting for Skewis to open for us.
Skewis- Possibly the best Pinot Noir and certainly one of the friendliest proprietors of the trip.
Maggie and Hank of Skewis Winery
Porter Creek Winery...
…and tasting room
All the harvesting equipment was in use. Here is an automatic grape harvester built to straddle the vines.
Stonestreet-A wonderful lunch, a beautiful setting and absolutely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon wine.
The three Cabernet Sauvignon wines we tasted with lunch
Next stop, Chalk Hill Winery. An absolutely beautiful venue with wines to match.
The tasting was poured as we enjoyed the scenesy and great weather.
And finally, Limerick Lane.
Until the next go-round….