Spending the day in Sonoma was one of the best experiences last month. The idea culminated after a long brunch at Farmstead in St. Helena with friends from Napa Valley. But unlike some ideas that never come to fruition, it was Realm Cellars vintner Juan Mercado who organized with winery friends the entire trip for me and friends Liz Marston and Jamie Leahy of Marston Family Vineyards and Elyse Chambers of Revana Winery.
It was an incredible day that began at The Barlow in Sebastopol to meet and taste with Michael Browne of Kosta Browne and Cirq and Charlie Chenoweth of Chenoweth Vineyards. From there we enjoyed a great lunch at Zazu Kitchen followed by a tasting at Wind Gap where we were able to taste current offerings from Wind Gap, Jolie-Laide and Ryme with Scott Schultz. Leaving Sebastopol, we visited with winemaker Bob Cabral at Williams-Selyem to taste older and current vintages. Our last winery visit of the day was in Alexander Valley at Skipstone with Brook Drummond, just in time to enjoy the beautiful sunset lighting up the sky. Every winery was an incredible treat to visit and the wines we tasted were overall, very compelling and unique.
Below are some photos highlighting this incredible experience- enjoy! – Kerrin Laz, Wine Director / firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo above: Kosta Browne's tasting room, '11 Kosta Browne One Sixteen RRV Chardonnay, '11 Kosta Browne RRV Pinot Noir, '11 Kosta Browne Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir.
Photo above: Debut winery vintage of Cirq, Michael Browne's new winery project. This was one of the best Pinots I tasted that day. '11 Cirq Treehouse RRV Pinot Noir.
Photo above: '06 Williams Selyem Allen Vineyard Chardonnay
Photo above: Williams Selyem Winery and winemaker Bob Cabral
Photo above: From L-R: '06 Allen Vineyard Chardonnay, '08 Haystack Peak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, '11 Estate Pinot Noir.
Incredible, picturesque sunset at Skipstone Ranch. '05 Skipstone Oliver's Blend Red, '11 Makena's Vineyard Viognier
Photo above: view at Skipstone looking west.