Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Beautiful Carneros Winery
When you head to the Sonoma or Napa Valley via the Golden Gate Bridge, the first winery you come to is Ram's Gate Winery. Over the past couple of years, I watched the old winery being torn down, new vines being planted, and finally the construction of the new winery and tasting room. I had long wanted to check out Ram's Gate's tasting room and wines and finally had an opportunity earlier this week.
Ram's Gate has one of the prettiest tasting rooms in wine country. As you head up the driveway, you will circle behind the winery and tasting room. When you walk into the building, you enter a large open air space filled with tables and chairs. We were greeted by one of Ram's Gates' concierges who directed us to the tasting bar. Being a warm, sunny day, the wall separating the tasting room from the central veranda was open. Visitors have the option of tasting at the bar, at one of the tables on the veranda, or on a patio.
Ram's Gate offers a flight of six wines, including one sparkling wine and a late-harvest Zinfandel, for $20. Food pairings are offered with each wine that can be purchased separately. Ram's Gate offers additional tasting experiences that are described on the winery's website. If you want to sit down, relax, and enjoy some wine and food, you won't find a better spot than Ram's Gate.
Ram's Gate's tasting room is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The kitchen is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Reservations, especially if you would like a seated tasting, are highly recommended for weekends. We were at Ram's Gate on a quiet Monday morning. I suspect, during the weekend, the tasting room is much more crowded.