Ledson Winery

Oddly before I went to Ledson winery I have not yet heard of it. Upon arrive I realized what I’ve been missing. The winery grounds are stunning, acres of grapes surrounding this massive estate reassembling a castle. Who knew Sonoma had so many Castle like wineries. We didn’t have a reservation so we headed to the wine tasting room which was very rich with ornate wood and crown molding all around. We decided against doing a tasting and opted to purchase a few bottles and have a picnic. There is a store within the winery that has tons of picnic snacks and other fun wine related goodies.

In the back of the estate there is more vines, big trees that shade a few picnic tables. We sat there for over an hour eating, drinking and enjoying the fresh air.

As for wine I tried their:

2014 REDWOOD VALLEY ‘RICETTI LANE’ ZINFANDEL: $32

Stunning aromas of fresh ripe blackberry and raspberry draw you in. The palate is broad with warm blackberry, notes of vanilla, and a hint of cocoa, reminiscent of a delicious homemade berry pie. Leather and peppery spice give it a robustness with a unique, bold, and velvety finish.

2016 SONOMA VALLEY ‘FREY FAMILY VINEYARDS’ CHARDONNAY -$28

Brightly colored, it exudes pronounced aromas of Meyer lemon and white peach. Guava and green apple spill over the palate with a pure, bright mouthfeel and lengthy, refreshing finish of green apple and nectarine with a hint of biscotti.

Ledson for me was a hidden gem. It’s definitely a place I will visit again and bring friends and family so they can have their jaw drop too when arriving and seeing its beauty.

Best Wine Apps – iPhone

There is an App for everything today! As discussed in my post “Coping with wine overload” there is some great Apps to help ease your decisions in choosing, pairing, tastings and visiting. Below are 6 Apps I recommend checking out and all are (mostly) free!!

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  1. Hello Vino – A great shopping assistant for buying wine to pair with food for dinner parties
  2. Wine Cellar Database – allows you to customize your wine cellar. Choose from a selection of hundreds of thousands of wines online or load it from your own spreadsheet files or Cellar Tracker.
  3. Wine Spectator WineRatings + – Depending on what access you want via the app, it is either free or a small subscription cost – The free content includes comprehensive vintage charts, daily news, educational articles and videos. An in-app subscription gives access to all of Wine Spectator’s wine ratings, with more than 1,000 new reviews added each month. I would say this is the most comprehensive and reputable app for ratings.
  4. The California Wine Club – Great local app, that will help perfectly pair a wine with food.
  5. Vivino – Take a photo of a wine label in the store before you buy to get details on the wine such as ratings and reviews. 
  6. VinoWine – Discover and locate wineries and vineyards in a manner of seconds – basically Yelp solely for wineries!

Cheers!