Golly- I NEVER Thought that I Could Fill-In-The-Blank at a Winery!
The unexpected, the unusual, the unique, the surprise that makes your day and your trip along Wine Road special and part of a million memories to be cherished and discussed and remembered. Here is my short list:
I never thought that I could take a swim- taking the plunge at Francis Ford Coppola Winery.
I never thought that I could arrive by airplane or helicopter and then walk to taste- but here I come Mazzocco Winery! Within walking distance of the Healdsburg Municipal Airport, fly your own plane in or call Captain Barry at Sonoma Helicopter to accommodate.
Never thought that I could play with a rather surly llama, misleadingly named Felix; he lives and rules at Robert Young Estate Winery.
I never thought that I could fill a jug with a field blend of wine from a tank- and yet I can at Martin Ray Winery inside their incredibly huge facility with enormous casks and historic (no longer used but cool to look at) concrete fermentation tanks.
And I can fill a jug at Preston of Dry Creek, surrounded by the organic farm, vineyards, cats and munch on amazing freshly-baked bread.
I never thought that I could actually explore a kiln used to dry hops- but at Hop Kiln Winery I climbed right on in:
Similar hop gig over at Martinelli Winery where graffiti from the past workers there haunts the walls of the current TR.
I never thought that I could watch a movie, outdoors, in the summertime, with wine and popcorn on a crush pad- it just does not get much better than this-wait until dark and head to DeLoach Vineyards
and Moshin Vineyards and their Moshin Pictures:
I never thought that I could watch the CDF practice putting out a huge controlled fire on the earthen dam at Lake Sonoma (it also clears the weeds and brush as a fire prevention measure) and yet I can at Sbragia Family Vineyards- from their gorgeous terrace, safely and for a good cause.
I never thought that I could find, hidden in the vineyards, a full-sized baseball diamond- a true Field of Dreams- but I did at Balletto Vineyards.
I never thought that I could see and hear a 1924 Theatre Pipe Organ but at Johnson’s Alexander Valley Wines, I did.
I never knew that I could learn all about bees, but at Michel-Schlumberger, I can. All part of their amazing sustainable farming.
Speaking of awash in a sea of bees, I never thought that I could taste in an Above Ground Cave with an extreme sense of humor covered in blossoming rosemary- but at Nalle Winery, I can and I did:
Medieval Mayan Croquet, anyone?? I never thought that I could find it a winery, but I did at Sonoma-Cutrer.
And I never thought that I could ever find That Little Old Winemaker, Me again, but there he is, still channeling the Italian-Swiss Colony at Souverain.
Here’s looking at you, kids.