Today I had an absolutely wonderful, and necessary, trip to wine country where I visited Kayla and a handful of new-to-me wineries. Right now I’m chilling at a Starbucks in Petaluma charging up my iPhone so I’ve got a few minutes to catch you up on the day.
Woke up early and left The Palace Hotel in San Francisco (more on that later) to pick up my rental car to head north to Healdsburg. I got into town around 10:00, met up with Kayla and of course, hit up Seghesio Family Vineyards. I tried their Barbera, chit chatted with a few of the employees who now know me by name and had a good, short little time, the highlight being a pour from a Riedel Eve Decanter. This is an absolutely ridiculous wine decanter but you have to admit, it is equally beautiful.
They use it to serve their Seghesio Venom Sangiovese which is grown at an area called Rattlesnake Hill. Obviously an appropriate decanter if by name alone.
We left Seghesio to visit Fritz Underground Winery. We had a few (too many) tastes of their wines. Want to get more wine than what’s scheduled on the Estate Flight? Just start talking. The guy working the front of house is a great conversationalist and man, the wine just doesn’t stop flowing. I ended up buying a really unique bottle of wine as a gift (the bottle was unique, not so much the wine). I’d say more but it would ruin the surprise for who is getting the bottle.
Next up was a placed called “Family Wines.” I was pretty confused as to what the hell that meant, and I’m not even exactly sure I know at this point. All I can say is we parked there and walked first to Papapietro Perry Winery‘s tasting room.
Kayla and I had a few of their Pinots, many of which were rated really high and had a clean, light and powdery feel. I’m not a huge fan of Pinot, more of a big red sort of wine but these were enjoyable. For the price I feel you could do a lot better. Our last wine to try out was their Zinfandel. The wine must have been corked because the nose, texture and flavor were off the charts bad. Grassy, spearmint and rough.
We followed that up with a walk across the path to Family wines where we met Rooty the dog and Glen, the tasting room (manager?). We tried wines from Dashe, Philip Staley, Lago di Merlo and Mietz Cellars.
After that smattering of wine we hit up Kokomo Wines. I can’t remember the girl that walked us through our tasting but she was great. Really enjoyed our time there and ended up buying a bottle of their Zinfandel.
Kayla and I picked up lunch from a delicious gourmet food truck sort of establishment. I wish I remembered what it was called. If you’re at Family Wines and see the food truck/trailer, you must stop by. I had their spinach salad… to die for.
Finally we met up with some of Kayla’s friends at Sbragia, the winery I went to with Marris a few months ago. The view there is ridiculously beautiful. We ate our lunch and had one of the funniest conversations I have ever experienced. We also got some serious sun. I don’t think I have been this unfortunately sunburned in years. Note to self, polo shirts and aviator sunglasses do not mix well with bright sun for a few hours.
Well I guess that leaves us at the end of the day touring wine country and the end of this post. A lot of stuff has been happening between traveling for work, toxic mold in our apartment and a brand new, beautiful niece named Abigail. Much to tell just not enough time to do it!
I’ll leave you with one more photo. I hope you too had a great Sunday afternoon.