Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Private Tastings for Pinot Lovers

Two excellent producers of Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley offer private tastings for visitors. Merry Edwards, a small but very well regarded producer of Pinot, offers "Taste with Ron." Twenty years ago Ron worked with Merry Edwards as cellar master at Merry Vintners Winery. Today, Ron offers private tastings in the company's offices in Windsor. You will not get to see the winery, but you will spend an hour with Ron as he walks you through some of Merry Edwards' current releases. Ron conducts tastings from Tuesday through Sunday at 9:30, 11:00, 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00. You can make an appointment with Ron by calling (888) 388-9050, ext. 31. When you book a tasting, Ron will send you a map to the hard-to-find tasting room. There is no charge for the tasting.

Another long-time producer of excellent Pinot Noir is Gary Farrell Winery. While Farrell recently left the winery, you will still taste wines produced under his supervision if you visit in the near future. You are welcome to just stop by the tasting room to taste Farrell's current releases. However, you can have a more intimate experience with their private tasting. You will get a tour of the winery and enjoy some cheese while you taste. To book a private tour, call (707) 473-2900. The winery is located at 10701 Westside Road, outside of Healdsburg.

If you would like to take a private wine country tour focusing on Pinot Noir that includes visits to Merry Edwards and/or Gary Farrell, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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