Monday, January 21, 2008

Zin and Syrah in the Russian River Valley

This past weekend I had a chance to take guests to one of my favorite little wineries -- Limerick Lane. This small, family-run winery features Zinfandel (red, not pink) and Syrah. Currently they produce four Zins, a Syrah, and their signature 1023 - a blend of Zin and Syrah. (1023 is the winery's address.) All of the wines come from the winery's vineyards, making Limerick Lane an estate winery.

But what makes Limerick Lane special is the laid back feeling and knowing that this is a real winery supporting local families; not just one of dozens of wineries in a big corporation's portfolio. Because the winery is small, they frequently sell out of wine. Thus, you are unlikely to be able to taste all of their wines during your visit. For example, 1023 is released in December and is usually sold out by early March.

This past weekend, my guests were able to taste Limerick Lane's Late Harvest Furmint. I had never heard of this grape and learned that it is a Hungarian varietal. Limerick Lane may be the only winery in the U.S. producing wine from Furmint. In addition to the Late Harvest Furmint, the winery produces a dry Furmint, but is currently sold out of this wine.

Limerick Lane's tasting room is located at 1023 Limerick Lane and is open daily from 10:00 - 5:00.

If you would like to take a private wine country tour that includes a visit to Limerick Lane, please call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

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