Saturday, I got to take a peak inside an off-the-beaten path winery in Sonoma. I was there to do a tape sync (recording one side of a conversation) with an artist who’s work has been recently installed at The Donom Estate. First, the estate is stunning. Jaume Plensa’s “Sanna” Greets Arriving Guests The Donom Estate… Continue reading The Donom Estate: Art & Wine
Schramsberg Vineyards makes delightful sparkling wines in the same way that champagne is made in France. But you don’t need to go to Europe to experience perfectly made bubbles. The bubbles are tiny. The aromas are intoxicating. To experience Schramsberg, you need to make an appointment. Every tour and tasting will bring you into… Continue reading Schramsberg Vineyards
Welcome to Backroads Insider. This is the last episode provided by our guest podcast Forks and Corks. Next time, the Backroads Insider will take the helm. Until then… Freemark Abbey was established in 1881 by Johnathan and Josephine Tychson. The stone winery is just off the Silverado Trail in the St. Helena appellation. Ted Edwards… Continue reading Forks and Corks: Freemark Abbey
Because the winery is small and its focus is on high-end, premium red wines, Steve Reynolds has decided to allow guests and wine club members to get to take a peek behind the curtain to see how wine is made.
Winemaker Stacia Dowdell likes her “Cabernets rich and intense. Not a lot of residual sugar on mine. Just balanced I think. The intoxicating aroma. The soft supple tannins. Some of the wines will age for a very long time.”
Ressler’s specialty is Duck Duck Soup. It’s a Japanese curry with coco powder, cinnamon. It’s his “wow” dish.
“This the 1013. It came online June 25th of this year. It’s a hundred-year-old Pullman car that’s been completely refitted. State of the art interior, keeping the nostalgic preservation.”