First and foremost, happy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny treats you all well!
Early March, the Wine Road in Northern Sonoma County kicked off it's annual Barrel Tasting event. Over two weekends, 100 plus wineries opened their doors and allowed attendees to sample barrels and purchase futures. This is one of my favorite wine events, because there are so many wineries to try and you can go to different AVA's within the county. In years past, I have made detailed agendas for barrel tasting, but last year I somehow went off of the wrong list of wineries participating, so we ended up just randomly choosing wineries and that was so much fun that we decided to do it again this year. By not limiting ourselves to a list, we end up finding gems we would have overlooked. Below are some of our favorites from this year!
Side Note: We ALWAYS have a DD on ALL our excursions. This event does sell DD bracelets, and they will be provided with non-alcoholic treats at most wineries.
Fritz Underground Winery
We decided to start this year off at Fritz, because I have wanted to go ever since they came and gave a presentation in my wine business class. The entire winery is a wine cave built into the hill, and what sets them apart from other wineries is that they utilize gravity-flow winemaking, which forgoes pumps. How awesome is that?! It is nestled back off the road, and overlooks a pond with picnic tables surrounding it. We started in the cave to try the barrels, and ended in the tasting room to try their finished wines. Their wines were lovely, and they have a good selection of both reds and whites. I cannot wait to come back when it is sunny, and picnic with a bottle of their Sauvignon Blanc to sip!