Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Now Pouring

Uncorking vintages in delightful new tasting rooms.



STEPHANIE DONOVAN

Wine Guerrilla

Forestville
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.
 

VERMEIL WINES

Vermeil Wines

Napa
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.
 

BANSHEE WINES

Banshee Wines

Healdsburg
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.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Margrit’s Memoirs

With her platinum bob, Margrit Mondavi has long been a fixture in Wine Country, but rarely do people get such an intimate look into her life as with her new book, Margrit Mondavi’s

Wine Offspring

While some winemaking family members venture into other, none-wine-related businesses, more often their ties to the vineyard are just too hard to break. Here, four entrepreneurs from winemaking families talk about ways they found to share their passion for the vine

40 Years of Fabulous

A legendary winemaker celebrates a milestone harvest.

Galas and Gatherings

Guests celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Napa Valley Wine Library Association’s Annual Tasting with more than 200 wines.

Estate of Grace

A breathtaking family estate in Petaluma celebrates the 25th anniversary of its vineyards.

Ditch the Car

The Holy Grail

A trifecta of talent introduces the newest cult cabernet.

Wine Country Castle

The Calistoga winery and medieval throwback celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Exquisite Evenings

Copain Wines invites fabulous chefs to pair their dishes.

Wine Made Easy

Become a vintner with Wine Country’s posh new wine club.

Going with the Flow

Two friends keg wine for the masses at their new Napa warehouse.

Pet-Friendly Wineries

Fido will love these dog-friendly tasting rooms.