Father’s Day we went to Armida (where we’re wine club members) to pick up a “shipment” we’d missed because it was ready right when we were having the baby. Ian did a little wine tasting (hey – we were there – why not?) and then we headed out on to their fabulous deck to have a picnic. (We still heartily recommend their Maple Vineyard Zinfandel – YUMMY – and their Reserve “Poizin” – delicious!) They have a fantastic view out over vineyards and out to the rolling hills/mountains. The deck is shaded with 2 huge trees and umbrellas and has plenty of seating and tables – making it the perfect shady spot for a picnic. Ian bought a glass of wine to enjoy over lunch. The wine was good, but we would recommend just purchasing a bottle – the glass alone was $10 and the bottle is only $30. We enjoyed the view while we munched on goodies.
After lunch we headed to Everett Ridge Winery. It’s just around the corner from Armida, making it convenient to visit on the same trip. Everett Ridge offers 2 tasting menus – one at $5 for their regular wine and one at $15 for their reserves. Both fees are refunded if you buy a bottle (making the $18 Riesling we bought only an additional $3 and a no-brainer!) They have a beautiful outdoor patio with fabulous views and a few shaded tables. They will also serve you the tastings out on the patio – a lovely way to spend some time soaking up the views and relaxing in wine country!
We hadn’t been to Everett Ridge in a long time, but we were pleasantly surprised by their wines. We’re by no means experts, but here’s our thoughts on the wines we tasted:
Sauvignon – fruity, $18
Riesling – light and fruity – seemed like a great summer wine, $18
Rose – hint of strawberry, light, clean but unspectacular – mind you, we’re not usually big fans of roses.
Merlot – smoky, complex
Diablita – a mix of different wines – we’d pass!
Syrah – spicy
Old vine Zinfandel – berry flavors, good but not Armida…
Cabernet – $40 but very nice
Port – finish not as clean as we’d like, but overall a very nice way to end