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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Wineland

This past weekend was Winter Wineland on the Wine Road. It was a beautiful, sunny weekend although it was chilly.

Purchase a 2-day pass for $52.38 (or a 1-day pass good only on Sunday) and choose your starting winery. Pick up your wristband and a wine glass. We chose J Rickards to start and our wine glass was decorated with J Rickards' signature mustache. 

Some wineries serve food with their wine tastings. At J Rickards, there was Pasta e Fagioli, perfect for a cold winter morning. It was paired with their 2015 Carignane.

Our next stop was Silver Oak, just up the road from J Rickards.

They served Beef Stew with Farro and Lacinto Kale, paired with 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet.

After Silver Oaks, we stopped at Coppola. Their event was in the West Tower, just beyond the pools. In the summertime, you can rent a Cabine and hang out at the pool. For Winter Wineland, they had no food. They poured a sauvignon blanc, 2 Cabernets and their 2013 Director's Cut Cinema for tasting.

Inside the winery, there are movie memorabilia, including the Tucker sedan.

Francis Ford Coppola has all 5 of his Academy Awards on display.

Our next stop was Mazzocco. There were 14 wines to taste and if you were a member, an additional 2 special selection reserve wines. I really liked one of their cabernet blends--the 2010 Inheritance. It was a great deal at $216 for a case, if you were a wine member. They served no food but you could bring your own picnic. There were plenty of tables and chairs outside to enjoy the sunshine and all the wines.

After Mazzocco, we stopped at Truett Hurst. Last year, they had great case sales but the sales were not as great this year. They did serve a delicious steak. 

After Truett Hurst, our last stop of the day was the Dry Creek Cooperative, which included several smaller wineries. They had a delicious seafood cioppino.

Kokomo was in the same area and served potato leek soup with caramelized onions.

The event started at 11 am and ended at 4 pm. It was plenty of time. We went home and took a nap from all the wine.

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