Concierge House Calls- RRV today
7.19.10 by TR
Heading over to the RRV today- my first stop:
Anisya Fritz & Andrea Kaplan
Lynmar- great pinot and chardonnay- and rose- incredible site, fantastic building. Patio, with picnics and food & wine pairings by Executive Chef Sandra Simile (one of my favorite surnames) served paired with Lynmar wines on the spectacular, beautiful terrace overlooking not just the Laguna di Santa Rosa, but also the Quail Hill Vineyard where the vines are laid out according the most optimal conditions as dictated by the sun and the prevailing winds. The gardens disarm me and I am lost in a sea of blossoms and bees (see I AM LOVE with Tilda Swinton for similar feel).
Heading over to Martin Ray Winery
Martin Ray, under the famous water tank- you cannot miss it, must be one of the highest landmarks in the area!
Martin Ray is incredibly historic- very old winery buildings. They offer a great tour- the place has concrete fermentation tanks- so interesting and so unusual (not used now) and redwood tanks-it is HUGE! One of my favorite tours- call ahead to make sure and ask for Tiffany- she is an awesome historical tour guide- very knowledgeable and kind. They also offer a red field blend that changes constantly that you can request and have filled into a gallon jug- ask Tiffany. They are undergoing a renovation and the gardens and picnic areas are just fantastic- linger here and enjoy some fantastic wines and history.
Heading over to Joseph Swan Vineyards to see Rod and Lynn Berglund- here I am- but turns out that we have our signals a wee bit crossed- so I am all alone…. Rod = KING of pinot noir. Here are some lovely photos!:
Heading out along the Wine Road now to a new member:
Mark Elcombe and Michelle Wing
I have never seen croquet courts like these- they are something between a Mayan sport court and a Stonehenge day on the green. Call ahead for an easy to make instantaneous appointment. This place is spectacular-lots to see, do and TASTE!