The day started with a stop at the Russian River Valley winery located...
as you might guess... in the Russian River Valley AVA. It was nice
to start with some whites and then a couple reds. This being the 1st
stop, slow was the plan.
River Valley winery was a beautiful winery with wonderful views and
and Eddie on the deck at Russian
River Valley winery.
At Benovia Winery,
the tour company had scheduled a private tasting. Everyone sat around
a table and sampled 6 wines. Benovia was probably the higher end of
the wineries visited this day. Not a bad wine in the lot and a case
of wine was just perfect for the road.
Next stop was Porter
Creek. This was an awesome "toned down" tasting in a
small farm style tasting room. The wines were all wonderful, but the
Zin couldn't be resisted.
It just wouldn't be California without equal access for all, even
when it comes to wine.
After lunch, the tour guide took us to another private tasting at
This was the most unique winery with big robust veriatles and field
blends. The wine maker Bill Nachbaur, even signed one of the several
Zin's that made their way back to Colorado.
Eddie had the chance to talk to the wine maker, Bill Nachbaur about
what a field blend was and how he could tell the differences in the
vines. Eddie got a short but educational tour of the vines to look
at the differences in the leaves.
As with all wineries, there always seems to be the old abused winery
pick-up still in use.
The day was topped off at the Mazzocco
winery where Zin ruled the day (and several other wines). The
staff again was awesome and as always too many wines to try. Once
again, several wines made the trip home.