Saturday, July 07, 2007

Sparkling Wine with a View

Standing on a hill top, tasting sparkling wine, and gazing out over the Russian River and Green Valleys is a nice way to spend some of your time in wine country.

Iron Horse Vineyards is a family-owned, estate winery that produces both sparkling and still wines; although, it is better known for its sparkling wines. The winery is located in the Green Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area), a wine region that is surrounded by the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County.

To visit Iron Horse, you will travel down the narrow Ross Station Road near Forestville and then climb to the top of a hill. Here you will find an outdoor tasting room that affords views of the nearby valley vineyards and distant Mt. St. Helena. The tasting area is nothing fancy, just some wood planks on top of old wine barrels. Supposedly three distinct flights of wine are offered: a sparkling wine flight, a regular flight of still wines, and a reserve flight of still wines. However, on my recent visits, the staff poured generously from all three flights and failed to collect the tasting fees when wines were purchased. Since pours are generous and you are likely to taste many wines, you might want to share your tasting with a companion.

Iron Horse is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. The winery is located at the end of Ross Station Road, which is a small road that intersects CA 116 between Sebastopol and Forestville. If you don't want to hassle finding Iron Horse, take a private, wine country tour. For more information, call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

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