Wine Tasting in a Pandemic – June 7, 2020
After months of closure due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Sonoma and Napa wineries are slowly reopening, albeit with a few new rules, primarily masks will be required to be worn in public areas (although obviously not while tasting). Also, tastings have to be outdoors. Since we sorely missed our favorite activity during the stay-in-place, we decided to take advantage of the new rules. We sped our way merrily north to Healdsburg to visit the lovely De La Montanya winery off the famed Westside Road (known for its gorgeous wineries dotting each side of the wooded road).
With its opulent gardens, lovely wines, and super friendly and engaging wine concierges, De La Montanya winery was the perfect place to tiptoe our way out of stay-in-place and dust off our tasting skills. De La Montanya Winery is primarily known for its luscious red wines (think bold Zinfandels or velvety Primativo wines). At the time of our tasting, Sonoma County required wineries to serve food with their tasting tours. Journeyman Meat Co. provided one of the most fantastic charcuterie plates that was huge. Munching delicious salumi (which included my very favorite Coppa) and cheeses, sipping De La Montaya’s beautiful wines, and enjoying the gorgeous patios was an extremely satisfying way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
While in the area, you may want to plan a visit to Journeyman Meat Co, located at 404 Center Street Healdsburg, CA (707) 395-meat (6328) to take home some of their meats. Best to call, though, as hours of operation seem to be evolving for all businesses these days.
So, I highly recommend a visit to De La Montanya winery to sample their delectable wine (try their Bordeaux Blends…rich and satisfying), but plan on making an appointment first. Details: De La Montanya Estate Vineyards & Winery 999 Foreman Lane Healdsburg, CA (707) 433-3711. I’d be remiss if I didn’t do a special shout-out to Alli and Jarod, our wine hosts extraordinaire. They helped make a pleasant afternoon even more special.
Till next time.