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The latest vinos and tasting rooms in Wine Country.



Seghesio Family Vineyards: The new Old Vine Cellar tasting mixes history, small bites, and vino.

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Dutcher Crossing Winery, Dry Creek Valley
Proprietor Debra Mathy takes pride in her small-lot Pinot Noir production, and the 2016 Dutcher Crossing Chenoweth Vineyard Pinot Noir shows off her hard work. It’s bright and juicy—the perfect complement to a holiday turkey dinner. Visit the property and you’ll likely be greeted by Dutchess, the house yellow lab. $47. dutchercrossingwinery.com.

Gehricke Wines, Sonoma
A blend of old vine Sonoma Zinfandel with a touch of Petite Sirah, the 2015 Russian River Valley Zinfandel is a rich, deep garnet wine with dark fruit flavors and a full body. There’s a little vanilla and spice, then a zing of cherries, prepping your palate for a savory bit of food. $30. gehrickewines.com.

Hoopes Vineyard, Oakville
Second-generation vintner Lindsay Hoopes has taken over running the winery, carrying on her family’s mission to produce small-lot Cabernet, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and now rosé. The 2016 Hoopes Sauvignon Blanc is crisp, yet moderately hefty due to the barrel. A great starter wine. $35. hoopesvineyard.com.

Lang and Reed: The 2017 Chenin Blanc is made by father-son duo Reed and John Skupny. Photo by Briana Forgie of Briana Marie Photography.

Lang and Reed Wine Company, Napa
Originally a unique Cabernet Franc–producing house, Lang and Reed—owned by the Skupnys—has branched into other French varietals, including the 2017 Lang and Reed Chenin Blanc, a floral, aromatic white. Just the fourth vintage, the wine’s a crowd-pleaser, with sumptuous flavors of apricots, pears, and ripe peaches, yet dry enough to pair with a fabulous local goat cheese. $27. langandreed.com.

Swanson Vineyards, Rutherford
Winemaker Robin Akhurst crafted the 2015 Swanson Merlot with a splash of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. After it rests in French and American oak, the wine has incredible depth, and fruity flavors of cherry and dark plum, along with dried herbs. It’s a great wine for a charred steak. $32. swansonvineyards.com.

New Tastings and Tasting Rooms

Long Meadow Ranch, Anderson Valley
Owned by Napa Valley’s Hall family, Long Meadow Ranch opened a new Anderson Valley tasting room at the elegant boutique resort The Maldrones. Wines from the area include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Gris, produced organically and sustainably by Burgundy native Stéphane Vivier. $10–$25. longmeadowranch.com.

Seghesio Family Vineyards, Healdsburg
Seghesio Family Vineyards debuts its Old Vine Cellar Flight. The tasting, which takes place in the redwood barrel–lined cellar, combines sipping with an education, highlighting the winery’s rich history. Wines are paired with a seasonal selection of small bites from chef Peter Janiak. $40. seghesio.com.

Signorello Estate Winery, Napa
While major rebuilding plans are underway, Signorello has established an interim tasting space, The Estate, after the destruction of the original property during last year’s wildfires. The temporary space was designed with class: Interior designer Katie McCaffrey used natural materials like wood, leather, and linen with midcentury furniture to create an inviting atmosphere. $100. signorelloestate.com.

 

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