Sonomas newest winery offers guests an exquisite wine country experience
Sonomas newest wineryoffers guests an exquisite wine country experience
As you head up towards Sonoma Valley from San Francisco, the very first winery youll encounter is the newly constructed Rams Gate. Located on route 121/Arnold Dr., just across from Infineon Raceway, this new winery sits on a perch overlooking much of the Bay.
The spectacular new construction is located atop a hill, and greets visitors at the entrance into Sonoma. Ram’s Gate Winery serves as Sonoma’s newest winery, and brings together small lots of fine varietals, excellent food pairing, and a stress-free atmosphere with spectacular views.
The building itself can be located in the old Roche winery site, and was built by a well-known architect Howard Backen. His intent in creating the winery structure was to imitate the style of the weathered old farmhouses that dot the Carneros countryside. If that doesnt impress you enough, then consider the interior design by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, the same guy who did the San Francisco Opera.
Or that their winemakers, Jeff Gaffner and Jesse Fox, create some of the most structured and balanced small lot production examples I have ever tasted.And did I mention the large French oak tanks that can be viewed in a fancy- looking fermentation room thats just to your right at the entrance? Although these huge tanks are functional, most of the winemaking takes place under the building.
After you drive up the winding driveway and park, youll be greeted by a friendly greeter and offered a place to do a tasting or tour. Unlike most wineries that Ive been to, which have small, cramped tasting room bars, Rams Gate features numerous places to enjoy yourself. Grab a spot on either side of the Carrera marble bar, grab a seat at one of the many outdoor tables, or lounge in some comfortable chairs by one of the fireplaces.
The interior decor is modern and comforting and also jaw-dropping. Guests will enjoy high ceilings, and giant walls that swing open to let the Carneros breeze cool off the building on warm days. Sweeping views greet them as they step outside the building, and an array of fireplaces allow them to cozy up with a loved one as they enjoy the delicious Chardonnay and Syrah. Make sure you try their Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir too - its quite delicious!
From their site:"If you’re the type of person who loves the idea of sampling fine wines and fresh locally sourced food pairings in beautiful surroundings, then consider this a warm invitation to Ram’s Gate Winery. No matter how much you happen to know (or want to know) about wine, we have designed Ram’s Gate with you in mind."
When it comes to the wine and food - theyre both incredible. A full kitchen is situated behind the main tasting bar, and guests have the option to pair their tasting with small bites that complement the wines. They produce some very balanced wines, including their Sonoma County Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. The majority of their production is sold to visitors at the winery, through their website, and to their wine club members.
Reviews from around the web:I visited Rams Gate on a whim last weekend and was blown away - stunning setting, amazing wine (try the Pinot red label) and a very comfortable atmosphere. Highly recommended..
If youre planning a visit to wine country, make sure to make a stop at Rams Gate winery. They are the closest winery to San Francisco too - in about thirty minutes you can be sitting atop 147 acres of Sonoma hillsides, enjoying some of the finest wine in the country.
And if youre looking for a Sonoma wineryor Sonoma pinot noir to enjoy some time with, they can accommodate your needs. On any sunny day in wine country, this should be a stop on your list.http://www.ramsgatewinery.com