Wine Country Wanderlust: A Photo Essay

Spring is a great time to visit wine country.

There is a rebirth underway in the vineyards.

The weather is more agreeable (well at least it is in California, where I’m based;-)

It’s less crowded in tasting rooms. And rore hours of daylight mean tasting rooms are open longer.

Vineyards are carpeted with brilliant yellow, purple and green cover crops

Here are some of my favorite photos that take me right back to the vineyards (and cellars) I’ve visited around the world


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The 200 year old farmhouse at Bodegas Contino in Rioja
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A stellar lineup of wine we enjoyed with an amazing picnic lunch in the estate vineyards of Bodegas Contino in Rioja
The vineyards of Bodegas Puelles in Rioja


This lovely pond was adjacent to the estate vineyard at Champage Jacquesson in the town on Dizy in France between Épernay and Rheims
On outcropping that shows the chalky soils typical in Champagne
On outcropping that shows the chalky soils typical in Champagne
In the cellar at Champagne Roger Coulon
I got a little fancy with this photo in the cellar at Champagne Roger Coulon


The estate vineyards of Champagne Roger Coulon


Empty bottle of the iconic Ridge Monte Bello at the Ridge Monte Bello property.
The Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs vineyard
The vineyards at A. Rafanelli winery in Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County
Picnic tables adjacent to the Amista estate vineyards in Dry Creek Valley Sonoma
Top 10 Wines For Picnic #SundaySupper
View from the picnic area at Gustafson Family Winery in Geyserville, CA (Sonoma County)
View of the Russian River Valley from the Copain Winery in Sonoma County
A gorgeous view of the Golden Eye estate vineyard in Mendocino County
A sign pointing toward the spiritual home of Tablas Creek Vineyards – Domaine de Beaucastel in Chateaunuef-du-Pape
Flight of Mumm White and Red Sparklers Overlooking Their Beautiful Vineyards
Flight of Mumm Napa White and Red Sparklers overlooking their beautiful vineyards
Yours truly in the vineyards in Napa Valley
Old vine zinfandel in Lodi

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a road trip to wine country! Sonoma, Napa, Santa Cruz Mountains, Livermore Valley, Lodi are all within a 2 hour drive!

Who’s with me?


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  1. Geena Stobbe says:

    Hi Martin!
    Love your postings! I’m more than ready for a wine country trip.

    You said you’re a 2 hour drive away from some pretty amazing sites. Where are you located? Close to us I hope.

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      We live in the East Bay, about halfway between Oakland and SJ. How about you Greg?

  2. dwdirwin says:

    If you haven’t been to the Sierra Foothills, you should come check it out! I write for Naggiar Vineyards and Winery (though I live in Napa) in Grass Valley. It’s a beautiful area and we have a great tasting room. Let me know if you are interested and I can tell the office :)

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks for leaving a comment. I do occasionally visit the Sierra Foothill. I’m planning to go to the A4F event next month. Is that in the area? Will let you know when I’m in the area. Would love to stop by Naggiar!

  3. Chandi says:

    If you’re coming to Santa Cruz Mountains, let me know!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Chandi. Will do!

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