We met up with Ron & Suzanne in the McDonalds parking lot in Placerville at 1300 and headed out. Ron was navigating and our first stop was at Holly's Hill Vineyards in Placerville. Since I am the designated driver and don't do any tasting, I had time to wander around and shoot some pictures.
Here is the 2011 crop or future wine on the vine. OK had to put that in. Cute huh?
A bottle of white and a bottle of dessert wine and we were on our way.
Second stop was Oakstone Winery in a little town called Fair Play on a road called Slug Gulch Road. Got to love the name. As you know, I always like wines with neat names. Remember Brayzin Hussy Red from Bray Vineyards? Well, Oakstone has a Slug Gulch Red. No pictures, but the most expensive stop of the day so you know the wine was good. By the way, I was the guy with the credit card and the designated pack mule since I wasn't tasting.
Third stop was Colibri Ridge Winery also in Fair Play. In the past I've mentioned dogs I've met. trout dogs, striper dogs, well yesterday I met a wine dog.
And yes, Rufous has a wine named for him. Rufous Red. We didn't get any Rufous Red, but then I don't get to pick because I don't drink it. While I was wandering the tasting area, I took this shot of future releases.
To get a shot of all the barrels, I wasn't able to get a closeup of one with Rufous Red on it, but I know there were a couple, at least.
So, that's part one of the tour. Tomorrow I'll post part two which is the rest of the wineries and an outstanding restaurant where we had dinner.