Mark Aselstine
September 27, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

A Trip to Sonoma

Yesterday brought another trip to wine country for Matt and I. Much of our day was spent in Sonoma, we were looking for another wine or two for a charity tasting we’re involved with at the end of the week as well as wine for our Special Selections Wine Club.

Overall, we were incredibly pleased with what we found. While we won’t share winery names, we did find an outstanding vineyard designate Chardonnay from a relatively unknown winery (although the vineyard is extremely highly thought of), a top flight Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, a Russian River Pinot Noir from one of our favorite producers and a few others.

As with many of our trips, we spent much of the day well off the beaten path. Our Chardonnay appointment found us, at one point, lost and over a mile off the paved road. Considering we had a half tank of gas still and didn’t have to ask for help……we can’t complain. Traveling down the dirt road did remind me of a previous trip:

Our day ended up picking up a Napa Cab at one of the industrial warehouses next to the Napa Valley airport, which is where much of the wine made in the valley is actually stored and then transported. I think a large percentage of our customers would be surprised to know that much of the wine is not stored at the winery itself, but instead in massive, guarded, temperature controlled warehouses.


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