The recent weather in Northern California reminds us that spring and warmer weather is almost here for good.
For many, that also means it’s wine touring season. Nothing quite beats a picturesque Saturday afternoon with a glass of wine at your side. So as you plan out your next weekend wine adventure, here are five places where you might find your next favorite bottle of wine.
D’Artagnan Winery Tasting Room
This smaller family-run winery produces Malbec, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo from hand-farmed grapes, among other local sources.
D’Artagnan attracts a wide following for its handcrafted vintages, which are the work of an accomplished winemaker. The wine collaborator at D’Artagnan, who’s a member of the family, works with James Beard recipients and other industry leaders.
Try a wine tasting kit to go for two people at Batia Vineyards. Each kit includes five bottles, tasting notes, and a keepsake pen.
For white wines, you can select from a 2017 Marsanne, 2017 Mélange Blanc, 2017 Dos Blancos, 2017 Vin Blanc and 2017 Grenache Blanc. Reds include a 2017 Grenache, 2015 Old Vine Zin, 2016 Syrah, 2015 Suave Rojo and 2015 Cuatro Rojo.
Cielo Estate makes a wide range of wines and also provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend getaway. Visitors can take in their favorite wines at the scenic estate and its late 1800s Victorian house, a fully restored guest house and venue.
Some of the wines you can sample include a 2016 Coquette, 2017 Sauvignon blanc, 2018 Barbera, and a 2018 Rose. The lineup also features sparkling and dessert wines, like the 2016 1880 Italian blend and a 2015 late-harvest Zinfandel, an estate wine.
Willamette is known for its Pinot Noir, which was recognized by Wine Enthusiast magazine as one of the nation’s best producers of the red wine.
Along with its much-deserved accolades, the micro-winery creates a drink and food adventure through hands-on wine blending. The interaction with the wine magnifies the senses and overall tasting and food pairing experience you won’t soon forget.
Visit a winery with a rich legacy and reputation for excellence. Skinner Vineyards prides itself in being one of the nation’s first wineries in 1861. The result is variety, balance, and elegance in every bottle.
The 2018 Blanc de Blancs, 2019 Picpoul Blanc, 2019 Grenache Blanc, and the 2019 estate Roussanne round out some of the winery’s featured white varietals. Skinner also pours a 2018 Native red, El Dorado Grenache, El Dorado Mourvèdre, El Dorado Zinfandel, estate Petite Sirah and Grenache.
The wine list is expansive and also include Rose and other estate wines.