Updated: Jan 12
Back when I taught kindergarten…
(Yes, I did in fact teach kindergarten for 5 years!)
Anyways, back when I taught kinder, the BEST field trip of the entire school year was….
Heading to Hidden Villa Farm.
I was more excited about heading to a farm than my students.
Something about farm animals, growing veggies to eat, and walking around in muddy boots made my soul happy.
The same feeling came over me at DaVero farms.
NO kindergarteners in tow this time!
Just me and my three favorite wine drinking gal pals.
Chickens, pigs, and sheeps oh my!
This is for sure a taste and stroll the gardens type winery.
A peaceful spot.
Consider even scheduling a tasting appointment and having a picnic.
Tasting $20 per person.
Tasting fee is not waived with purchase.
You may have to buy up to 3 bottles for a tasting to be waived.
Wines range from around $32-$75
By appointment only
This is a very Club focused winery. Almost all of the wines are only available to wine club members only.
I’m not a DaVero wine club member so that seriously limits wines I can purchase.
I really wish I could get my hands on the Altobasso Rosato and the Dolcetto.
I DID go home with a Pollo Rosso Jug.
A non-vintage, non-varietal blend.
I guess this is a common practice in Europe.
Costs $26 but can be refilled for only $12.99.
Word on the street is that proceeds of the purchase might go to local charities.
Be sure to ask.
Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.
Social Media Worthy
DaVero is the perfect winery to visit if you love taking photos.
Use the portrait mode on your iPhone and get up close and personal with:
And your wine glass.
Feel Good Vibes
This might be a wordy and longer section than most.
Lots of juicy info. Buckle up!
Before I even made my way to the DaVero tasting room, I stumbled upon Michael Presley.
I was mystified by this copper pot he was fiddling with.
It looked like something out of a Wizard Of Oz movie.
He also had a table set up with different varieties of seeds to take.
Michael is DaVero’s soil keepeer.
He has been gardening and farming in Sonoma County for 40 years.
On this particular day he was distilling herbs and extracting a little essential oils.
Lemon Verbena and Sonoma Sage to be precise.
He described the process like making espresso.
You put the steam up through the plant material.
Then the steam goes through a condenser.
What comes out is a concentrated infused water with a little film of essential oil on top.
You may cook with it, drink it, put it in the bath, for your face, skin…
Hydrosols are aromatic waters.