A winery that has it all! From unique vineyards, beautiful tasting room, gorgeous views, excellent winemaker and distinctly affordable and delicious wines.
Fog Crest Vineyards established in 1998 and is located just outside Sebastopol in the Russian River Valley AVA. On property they have planted 5 ½ acres of Chardonnay and just over 3 ½ acres of Pinot Noir. They have a finely appointed tasting room with exceptional views of the area.
The tasting room offers besides the normal walk up tasting counter, sit down sessions with the staff and/or winemaker and outside chairs to capture the views of the area. If you plan in advance, you can set up a vineyard/winery tour, enjoy a platter of artisan cheeses or even have them arrange a luncheon.
Met Jerome Chery briefly who is originally from Chateauroux France. He got his degree from University of Burgundy and like many has traveled extensively to hone his craft. Travels include: Provence, Australia’s Swan Valley, Newton Winery in Napa, Littorai Winery featuring his passion for Pinot’s and Chardonnay’s and lastly as Director of Winemaking at Saintsbury Winery. In 2014 he arrived at Fog Crest Vineyards as Winemaker. Typically for his Chardonnay, he presses whole clusters and uses 55-60% Burgundian new oak. It is bottled some 18 months after harvest. For the Pinot’s he releases them 16 months after bottling using 40% new French oak. Both varietals are unfiltered.
I tasted a variety of wines at Fog Crest, but two wines separated themselves as extremely noteworthy. The first outstanding one was the 2013 Russian River Chardonnay from Laguna West with 100% malolactic fermentation – but not sappy or too buttery. This received only 90 points but is a genuine sleeper! The second wine is the 2012 Russian River Pinot Noir. Out of the bottle it has a bright Ruby red color and strawberries on the palate. Both wines were extremely moderately priced for the quality.
Fog Crest Vineyards on a bright sunny day is definitely worth a leisurely afternoon visit and stay.
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