Monday, January 4, 2016

Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves - Healdsburg

4/5 stars

Parents, husband, and I found the ideal spot: 4 wooden adirondack chairs and a view: vineyards, pale, blue sky, hills, and trees. Wine country seemed to sparkle today, the last day of February. The light was perfect. There's just something about sun and rain and blue skies and moody clouds that I can't quite explain.

Tasting is in their intimate, dimly-lit cave and the wines are mainly zin. I would say... almost to just-as-good as Ridge's zins (which is saying a lot). I really liked the Florence zin. At the end, they paired the late harvest zin with a salted, dark chocolate, peanut butter cup. Mom loved it so much, she snuck in two :)

Bella has a nice outdoor space, with picnic tables and cornhole. People seem to spend an afternoon here. Dogs and picnics are welcomed. Everyone here is really nice.

Notes: Tasting is $10 and waived with the purchase of 2 bottles.


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