Wine Club Newsletter - December 2021
Healdsburg, A Trip to Remember
In October and November of this year, we took fellow wine club and wine tour regulars on a five-day wine tour of wineries and restaurants in and around the newly regentrified city of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Both groups loved the wineries and the restaurants we visited.
I thought it might be nice to share an outline of our tour(s) with those who didn’t get a chance to attend, or were not aware that Lori and I offer winery tours at least once a year, to areas all over the globe.
Because we are in the wine trade, we get special wine tastings and into some wineries that are not open to the general public, which is always fun and special. If you would like to be on the list of possible tour attendee’s, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Happy Holiday Season to YOU!
Winery Stops, in order of visits:
A great first stop, they have just completed multi-million-dollar renovations to the facilities, and can provide multiple tasting venues and options. The standouts here were how well their Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay age in the bottle. We had a Chardonnay from 2015 that was fresh, lively, complex, and going strong. We also had a Cabernet Sauvignon from 2011 that has ages to go as well.
The name Paul Hobbs is associated with some of the best wines and vineyards designations throughout the globe. Here, we tasted an amazing line up of wines from Sonoma and Napa Valley. The Chardonnay and Pinots from Sonoma were decadent, rich, long in the palate, and will be long lived in the bottle. We tasted about $1,000 worth of wine!
Hartford Family Winery
Hosted by the well-spoken and agreeable winemaker Jeff Stewart, we tasted through many of their single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as a Chenin Blanc and a really cool Syrah and old vine Zinfandel.
Carol Shelton Winery
This was perhaps the most fun stop on the tour. Carol guided through her current release line up, as well as some of her older vintage beauties, my favorite is the older Coquille Blanc, a Rhone Style blend that ages well in the bottle.
They don’t do tours for the public, so getting in was super special. We had their Pinot Noir last month in the Gary Parker Club. Hosted at their beautiful guest house, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialists shined very bright!
Merry Edwards Winery
Simply a fabulous experience, hosted by their Sommelier Brown Uzoechi, the tasting was off the charts by the wines and the ambiance. Most special of the tour, I felt.
Wines from this minute appellation are intense, dense, and quite remarkable. Tasting room is conveniently located in Healdsburg itself and comes highly recommended!
Just minutes from Healdsburg, the winery that got me into wine nearly fifty years ago, still produces individualistic, remarkable wines that will stand the test of time. They offer tastings of the Ridge Montebello, one of the finest Cabernets made in California by the two-ounce taste. Exciting!
Also located in Healdsburg, the lineup of wines is long and intriguing. Offering food to go with their selections, it is a must stop. Wines only available to purchase through the winery, not at stores.
This Healdsburg restaurant has excellent food, ambiance, service, and wine list. Very professional, yet still personable service, and the owner was always just an email or call away.
In Santa Rosa, we lunched here both times on some excellent Italian food. Service is also outstanding. The thing I loved about Ca Bianca was their extended wine list, with interesting selections and the very reasonable bottle prices. Great outdoor area as well.
Very fun spot in Healdsburg, serving an array of oysters, seafood, tacos and other small plates. Not your typical appetizer and main course kind of place, you can order two, three or four different bites. Fun wine list also.
One of the harder places to get into in Healdsburg, now with a one-Michelin star rating to boot. No nonsense style of service, tightly run. I have never had a better heirloom tomato salad anywhere else in the world, with tomatoes marinated for a few days in olive oil and balsamic, super sweet and ripe, just awesome. Everything executed extremely well.
William Coffield Cheese
Not a restaurant, but a dedicated, passionate cheese maker who set up a special tour and tasting in his facilities in the Barlow Market in Sebastopol. You can easily get into the passion Mr. Coffield projects. We marveled at the distinctive cheeses he offers, along with library wines he supplied us from Pax Cellars next door to his shop. He will be coming to San Diego to visit and offer a tasting with The WineSellar & Brasserie patrons next year!
Gary Parker, Owner
The WineSellar & Brasserie