Yesterday I was in my own happy place. I was asked to help out at Bella Winery’s Labor Day festivities. Of course, I was more than willing to oblige. I mean, why not spend a beautiful Saturday in one of my favorite places?
They set up a special progressive-style tasting starting in the barn with their new label and wine: Ten Acre Chardonnay….
Followed by their (also new) Ten Acre Sangiacomo (San-Jock-Oh-mo) Vineyard Pinot Noir paired with none other than the all-American corn dog and coleslaw….
Ten Acre refers to the property that the Bella owners live on in nearby Russian River Valley that is 10-acres in size. For years, they sold off the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from their estate, but in 2008, following the success of Bella Vineyards, decided to bottle their Chard and Pinot under their own label. Along with the estate fruit, they are pulling in grapes from additional very well-known vineyards in Sonoma County and producing some very nice wines from them. Check them out next time you visit Bella.
Now onto the cave where I labored away….
Looks pretty rough, huh? My day was spent with a Zinfandel called Hills and Benches. This lighter style Zin was packed with strawberry and other bright red fruits and touches of spice and was perfect for a summer afternoon.
Love these pictures as you enter the cave….
Don’t know what it is about tractors, but I’ve always like them.
From there, guests went on to the Maple Vineyard Zinfandel….
And finally finishing with their ‘late picked’ Zinfandel. Not quite sweet enough to be called a Late Harvest, but I thought would pair nicely with a dark berry pie topped with whipped cream!
I also couldn’t resist looking at their vineyard and taking some pictures of the yummy looking Zinfandel grapes….
I sure do hope they invite me back again, as I can’t wait to swirl and sip some of the killer juice they have to offer.