Barrel Tasting this past Sunday was supposed to be day # 2 of new adventures and discoveries… Basically, an extension of the agenda from Saturday.
The Copain tasting room is located on top of a hill on Eastside Road, directly across from the recreation park. It is the only winery that I know of that is on that stretch of the road, so people will most likely only visit through word of mouth or because they were simply driving past it. I only heard about it because they recently joined Twitter.
This posting is my attempt to start the word of mouth on this place (actually I mean continue the WOM) and let people know that if they want to taste some great Anderson Valley pinots, a Russian River GSM blend and a place to have a picnic and enjoy THE BEST VIEW from a winery - Then they should make sure to stop on by the Copain tasting room.
When Thea finally got bored with me taking pictures of the view, we headed over to Mill Creek Winery. I am not going to waste my time to write much about this place because it was neither good nor bad. It was nothing worth going back for IMO.
The next stop: Michel-Schlumberger (aka @M_Schlumberger) to visit Judd Wallenbrock, the President, General Manager and head blogger at their award winning blog – The Benchland Blog. Judd and crew have seemed to perfect the art of barrel tasting weekend. Visitors are instantly greeted by Judd and given an explanation of where you should go and a brief history of the winery. Then guests travel through the cellar to taste out of the barrels, then into the next room to try already bottled wines, then lastly into their main tasting room. This is where my friend Joe(y) poured us some wines that go back to 1989. Of course Thea and I had to purchase the last case of 2001 Dry Creek Valley Pinot Noir (yes, I said it… There is one winery that does make Dry Creek Pinot). After trying some aged Pinots and Cabs, we made out way into the wine club members tasting room and ended up drinking more Pinot on a picnic bench while discussing wine, social media and Judd’s new discovery of TwitPic.
Then we were onto Mounts Family Winery (aka @MountsFamWinery). It is off the same beaten road as Michel-Schlumberger, in the middle of a vineyard. Blink on West Dry Creek road and you will miss it. But this is a small family winery that you shouldn’t miss out on. Lana greets her visitors with a smile that let’s you know she is committed to customer service. Their Malbec out of the barrel was very tasty as well.
Around 4:30, a half hour after the official ending time of the event, Thea and I decided that we were most certainly not done yet. If you know anything about Thea and me, you know that to be the truth. We headed over to harass Jim at Truett Hurst once again. Here we tried some Petit Verdot and talked Jim’s ear off for an hour or so.
All together a perfect day, regardless of the fact that we were wine-napped by Judd and strayed WAY off our agenda…. Oh, wait… There is always next weekend.