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With the May 2003 opening of the VJB Vineyards & Cellars
Tasting Room in Kenwood locals and tourists alike can enjoy the limited
production boutique style varietals that are sold exclusively at their
facility and, now, through thier wine club; Club Enoteca. Thier Estate
vineyards are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese,
Montepulciano and Aglianico.
Next, Eric took us to Loxton Cellars, in Glen Ellen.
the intent of Loxton Cellars to be a "reference point" producer of
Syrah and Zinfandel. This focus reflects the interests and passion of
the owner/winemaker, Chris Loxton, an Australian brought up on a Shiraz
vineyard in South Australia, but now living in California where
Zinfandel is the adopted grape.
The aim is to produce balanced and complex wines with a sense of
origin, reflecting unique vineyard sites capable of producing the
exceptional fruit necessary for outstanding wines.
Room staff makes you feel at ease and enjoy their wines. Loxton
wines are sold in their Tasting Rooms and in a couple of restaurants in
Orange County, including Fleming Steakhouse.
As Eric escorted us back to Sonoma, I asked what made Sonoma Valley
wines special. He said it was the sun, volcanic soil,
temperature, and wind that makes Sonoma good for grapes. We agree
and brought home Sonoma wines to prove it.