|We're checking in and claiming our wine glasses|
It's Winter Wineland time again, coinciding as always with my birthday week. This intoxicating event, spanning two weekend days, invites ticket holders to visit as many of the 112 participating wineries as they want. The wineries meander through three stunning valleys in Northern Sonoma county---Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek. We always go Sunday only.
Right off the bat we bought three bottles of chardonnay from Taft Street. 25% off event special---how could we resist?
We picked up chardonnay # 4 from Hook and Ladder. Then onto La Crema. Though they produce one of our favorite chardonnays, we hadn't been there since they moved to their spacious new location in 2012.
This old truck decorated the hillside as we drove into the winery
We found our glasses once again and entered the winery for more fun. They didn't disappoint. As well as delicious chardonnay and pinot noir, they were serving farrow salad with roasted squash and duck confit. I had three servings.
Dean stepped out into the damp winter day for a breath of fresh air and a view of the vineyards.
|We enjoyed this bottle on Thanksgiving|
We needed another taste of great chard, so we headed up Slusser Road to Sonoma-Cutrer. They had closed the winery to the public so Wine Road people could have the grounds to themselves. We wandered around the light-filled rooms tasting wines, sampling small plates and trying our hand at the croquet contest. Dean looked like a pro but failed to hit the goal to win a bottle of wine. I came in way short, so we left without our fifth bottle of chardonnay.
|La Crema is my kind of winery|