If you live in or are visiting Guerneville you’ll likely want to head out and do some wine tasting. Almost every single day at the Market visitors ask us for recommendations on what tasting rooms to visit. Here are a few that we love. Keep coming back, because we will regularly feature our favorites. All of our features this week are either in or mighty close to downtown Guerneville.
In the back of the Guerneville Bank Building is the Inizi Winery tasting room. Inizi is family owned and the team makes some delicious wines. Our favorite is the High Jump White ($22). They also have other varietals that that you can learn more about. The space is welcoming and was designed by Crista Luedtke, owner of boon hotel+spa, boon eat+drink, and el barrio. Head on in for a tasting and be sure to say hello to the founders A.J. and Jen Filipelli & John and Kirsti Harley.
On the corner of Armstrong Woods Rd. and River Rd. is a unique tasting room with a mission to give back to equality causes. The company was founded in 2015 by Matt Grove, a wine lover and former wine importer and Jim Obergefell, the named plaintiff in the landmark marriage equality case Obergefell vs. Hodges that went to the Supreme Court. Equality Vines support LGBTQ and Women’s Equality causes and partners with organizations that include HRC, Face to Face Sonoma County, The YWCA, League of Women Voters, and many others. We love the Love Wins Blanc de Noir ($55) made by Iron Horse Vineyards, Nineteenth Amendment Sauvignon Blanc ($32) from Alison Green Doran who makes wine in Anderson Valley, and the Stonewall Zinfandel ($48) made in conjunction with Spicy Vines. For every bottle purchased money goes back to an equality cause so head on in and drink with a purpose.
We cannot say enough about this absolutely laid back and totally unique tasting experience. Back in the 80’s the owners, Sue and Dirck, moved from New York City to West County and bought 80 acres of property on Mays Canyon Rd. Everyone said they were crazy and that their dream of planting Pinot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel would never materialize into something worthy of praise. We are here to tell you that their dream is now a reality and something not to be missed. Their son Luke is now the winemaker and he lives on the property with his wife and son. Sue and Dirck live on the property too in a unique space that serves as their home and barrel/wine storage facility. The tasting is far from pretentious and takes place outside overlooking their vineyards. They are known for Pinot, Zinfandel and Chardonnay — which are all amazing. They’ve recently launched Poco a Poco, a more affordable brand of wine, and make Pinot and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s hard to choose which one we love more because they are all delicious. Grab a few sandwiches at the Market and head over for a tasting, but make sure you call first, because a reservation is needed.