Friday, January 21, 2011

Travel Tip: Iron Horse Vineyards

On Wednesday, I did a post on Iron Horse Vineyards 2005 Ocean Reserve, but I also had the pleasure of recently visiting Iron Horse Vineyards.  (Sometimes living in Wine Country brings you amazing opportunities to constantly go wine tasting and pick the places you like the best.)

I very much enjoyed visiting Iron Horse.  It was a much different experience than hanging out in Napa Valley.  Iron Horse is a part of the Russian River Valley, and the older winery is located out in the countryside hills.  The wine tasting bar is outside.  So if you are visiting in the winter months, dress warmly.  I visited on a rainy day, but we were well protected from the rain.  The tasting staff was nice company.  We had several wonderful conversations with the young man that served us.  Quite a pleasant experience all together.  

If you are planning a visit to Napa Valley, I highly recommend a day (at least) in the Russian River Valley on the other side of the Mayacamas Mountains.  Not only will you be taken care of by some unique wineries, but you'll get a taste for some great Pinots, Chardonnays, and sparkling wines.  Below are some pictures I took while visiting Iron Horse Vineyards.

Palm Trees and Flowers in Parking Lot - Rolling Hills of Vines in Background

The Tasting Room Kitty - Your Welcoming Guide

A Glass of Bubbly with Tasting Notes

There's Something Rustic and Fun about Bubbly in Chilled Tins

The Tasting Room at Iron Horse

The Rolling Vineyard Hills


  1. When we took a family vacation to California, we stayed in the Russian River Valley rather than Napa. I remember the bubbly.