Hook & Ladder Winery
Hook & Ladder Winery is the baby of, growers first, Cecil and Christine DeLoach with their son, Jason DeLoach, covering the wine-making honors, and all other business covered by sibs. Cecil, formerly a San Francisco firefighter, brings the “hook & ladder” theme completely to life from the Hook & Ladder firetruck out at the entrance to the winery, to the toy firefighting equipment in the TR as well as an incredible, extensive collection of FD shirts sent by and collected from firefighters from all over the US and internationally. The colorful shirts hang from the rafters and grace the walls in amazing displays, pulling my eyes upward and instilling a warm feeling of pride and patriotism. The TR, approached by a tidy garden path past the winery, is casual and welcoming- jeans and flip flops and fun are the vibes with a nice array of wines displayed and ready to taste at the bar. This is a small, person-specific operation and Jason can often be found in the TR. Tours are offered by appointment and occur when staff is available to guide guests around. This is a personal wine experience.
The Wine Society Wine Club offers something for everyone. Estate produced olive oil will soon be another offering. Wine & food is a major focus and H & L recipes are always available. I visited in the Fall- the sky was full of clouds but the warmth of the TR, family and staff shone through.
Here’s looking at you, kids.