Friday, April 23, 2010
Friday Wine Tasting... Destination Sonoma, Viansa Winery
Viansa was the first winery we visited in Sonoma. Recommended by family and friends as a must stop it was absolutely gorgeous. With a large tasting room, filled with gourmet olives, artisan cheeses, bread, olive oil and wine accessories, it felt like we were in an Italian market. We had a really great tasting through some of their favorites, in a huge portfolio of wines, and then bought a bottle with some cheese and bread sticks and sat on the patio as the sun set over the vineyard. The views are incredible up there! I didn't want the moment to end as it was the most relaxed I had been in months. It would be the perfect spot to host a wedding.
Viansa is the premiere producer of Italian wine varietals in the United States. Some of our favorites included.
Gionaccia 2009- New proprietary white, a blend of Vernaccia, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Muscat. (this was the bottle we purchased to enjoy on the patio, it is the perfect spring, summer wine. Light, with great fruit, perfect for warmer weather.
"Farneta" Primitivo 2006- Primitivo is an early-ripening clone of Zinfandel, typically found in the region of Puglia in southern Italy. The grapes in "Farneta" are harvested right there in Carneros.
Cabernet Franc 2004- Rich and intense aromas and flavors. Firm, integrated tannins with a long satisfying finish. Barbera- Not listed on the wine list, a cellar selection, and an absolute favorite.