Monday, November 12, 2007

Zin and Gewürzt in the Russian River Valley

Twice I have had the opportunity to take folks to Harvest Moon Estate and Winery in the Russian River Valley. This small tasting room features friendly staff and good wine.

Harvest Moon is owned by Bob and Ginny Pitts. On my recent, visit their son and Harvest Moon's winemaker, Randy Pitts, stopped by the tasting room, talked about his philosophy of making wine, and poured my guests some of his limited production Pinot Noir.

As you approach the tasting room, you are likely to be greeted by the Pitts' friendly dog. You'll then see the small production facilities off to your right. Harvest Moon only makes around 2,000 cases of wine so they don't need a lot of equipment.

Harvest Moon produces three different Zinfandels, a still and sparkling Gewürztraminer, a Late Harvest Zin, Pinot, and Cab. Not all of the wines are available for tasting, but you should be able to taste some Zin and Gewürzt when you stop by. When we visited, the winery was pouring its 2007 Early Harvest Gewürztraminer, the first wine I've seen from this year's harvest. My guests also tasted a barrel sample of Harvest Moon's Late Harvest Zinfandel.

If you would like to take a private tour of the Russian River Valley that includes a visit to Harvest Moon, feel free to call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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