Uncorking vintages in delightful new tasting rooms.
When wine lovers hear Wine Guerrilla, top of mind is Zinfandel—because that is what “the Guerrilla,” Bruce Patch, does best. The brand is also known for its distinct labels: abstract, colorful oil paintings by Southern California artist Sean Colgin. In his new tasting room, Patch, a music producer turned wine broker turned winemaker, pours five to six Zins a day made from fruit grown in Sonoma. “We’re probably the only tasting room in Russian River Valley not pouring a Pinot or Chardonnay,” Patch says with a likable gruffness. Tasters can also chill out on the back patio, with lunch from Twist Eatery. 6671 Front St., Forestville, (707) 887-1996, wineguerrilla.com.
A welcome addition to its Calistoga tasting room, which former NFL Coach of the Year Dick Vermeil opened in 2008, the Vermeil Wines’ new Napa location boasts sports memorabilia mixed with classic touches. The laid-back space includes an outdoor patio, and a back room with couches and TVs that show NFL games three times a week. “We wanted to make it somewhere you can hang out and hear our story,” says tasting room manager Andrew Curry. 1018 First St., Napa, (707) 341-3054, vermeilwines.com.
Not long ago, Noah Dorrance, one of the owners of Banshee Wines, walked past a Healdsburg storefront when a “for rent” sign was placed in the window. He and his partners moved in and created a Bohemian living room–esque space featuring reclaimed wood floors and treasures found in places including the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. Visitors can even pick tunes from the vinyl collection. (The Black Keys and Fleetwood Mac are hits.) Love the vintage but luxurious decor? You might be able to take it home: Nearly everything in the tasting room is for sale. 325 Center St., Healdsburg, (707) 395-0915, bansheewines.com.