The latest new releases and tasting rooms in Wine Country.
Passaggio Wines: Keep an eye out for the dry 2017 Souzão at this Sonoma Square tasting room.
Photo by Joslyn Baker
Hanna Winery, Healdsburg
Saint Macaire is an obscure grape that’s seeing a recent renaissance in the Alexander Valley: Hanna Winery’s 2015 Reserve Saint Macaire is the first single-varietal available in the states. $68. hannawinery.com.
Passaggio Wines, Sonoma
Winemaker Cindy Cosco makes a dry-style wine from the Souzão grapes (indigenous to Portugal) of Lodi in Passaggio Wines’ 2017 Souzão. It’s bursting with aromas of intense black currant, licorice, and leather. The exact release date is October 2019, so keep an eye out for this fun new vino in Sonoma Square. $20. passaggiowines.com.
NEW TASTING ROOMS
Adobe Road Winery, Petaluma
Professional car racer Kevin Buckler started Adobe Road Winery in 2002, pouring his wines at the Great Petaluma Mill tasting room. Construction begins soon on the new waterfront winery complete with kitchen, entertainment area, and a car museum. $20 or $30.
6 Petaluma Blvd., adoberoadwines.com.
Immortal Estate, Spring Mountain
Formerly the Hidden Ridge Vineyard, the winery has a new owner, Tim Martin, who is reinvigorating the label with vines grown far to the west in the Mayacamas Mountains. This year celebrates the first wines under this new label. Tasting by appointment. immortalestate.com.
Jean Edwards Cellars, Sonoma
Karen and John Troisi’s first brick-and-mortar tasting room showcases Bordeaux varietals and their first vintage of Chardonnay. Sonoma Square proves the perfect location for their small-production wines. $25. 29 East Napa St., jeanedwardscellars.com.
The Saint, St. Helena
St. Helena’s newest lounge by Toby DeVore is the perfect spot to taste wines from local vintners that lack their own tasting spaces. Global wines are also poured, with small house-made bites to complement the sips. Fees vary. 1351 Main St., thesaintnapavalley.com.
Topping and Legnon, Santa Rosa
This urban-chic winery from Dana Topping and Rick Legnon, along with vintner Sandro Tamburin, focuses on single-vineyard red varietals from their St. Helena and Sonoma estate vineyards, and crisp white wines sourced from the North Coast and Napa. $10. 1301 Cleveland Ave., toppinglegnon.com.
Trade Brewing, Napa
Owners of Jax Diner, Derek McClintick and J.B. Leamer launched Trade Brewing, adding to Napa’s budding brew scene. Enjoy a full portfolio of 14 beers on tap along with house-made bar snacks. This spring, McClintick and Leamer look forward to debuting their backyard beer garden. 731 First St., tradebrewing.com.
Zialena Winery, Geyserville
Fourth-generation brother-and-sister-team Mark and Lisa Mazzoni continue their family’s legacy of producing red wines fermented in concrete tanks, a nod to their Italian heritage. Cappella is a field blend of Petite Sirah, Mourvèdre, and Alicante Bouschet. $15 or $25.
21112 River Rd., zialena.com.