Hey guys! Remember me?
Well, I’ve been in Northern California for about a week now, and each day we’ve been exploring a different area of my new home in wine country. Last week we took a day to explore around Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Sonoma, Fairfield, and over the weekend we even took a trek to Downtown Healdsburg.
Downtown Healdsburg is a neat little area with little shops, restaurants and tasting rooms around a square. If you’ve ever been to the Sonoma square, it has a very similar feel to it. I had yet to do any tastings or stop off at some wineries, so Healdsburg was calling my name.
And that’s what we did. We stopped into two different tasting rooms while there. The first being the Stephen and Walker tasting room. The owner, Nancy Walker, is truly an artist when it comes to creating the flavors of her wine, and throughout the tasting you can really tell. From Sauvignon Blancs to Pinot Noirs to Zinfandel’s and the most surprising to me, the Botrytis Chardonnay. This was the first Chardonnay I tasted that honestly didn’t taste like a chardonnay. They call it “Liquid sunshine in a bottle,” and that’s the surprising taste you get when you try it.
The tasting at Stephen and Walker cost 10 dollars and included 6 tastings. Also, if you purchased a bottle of wine, they waived the tasting fee. The next tasting room we stopped into was Windsor Winery. They had a white flight to choose from, one other flight, and then the sweeter side flight. Guess which one I decided to try out?
You guessed it. For just 7 dollars I choose the “Sweeter Side” flight which included a tasting of a Riesling, Moscato, Ice Wine, and a Gewurtzraminer. They also waived the tasting fee if you purchased a bottle of wine. Needless to say, the ice wine came home with me.
So, you could say my first day of wine tasting was a complete success. Cheers!
A toast to you!