Updated: Jan 12
Located right in the heart of Sonoma at Cornerstone.
Cornerstone is a wine country mecca where you could easily spend an entire day.
A large marketplace with gardens, shopping, artisanal food, and tasting rooms.
No appointment necessary.
Open Daily 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Classic Tasting $15 and Reserve Tasting $20 per person.
Waived with a three bottle purchase.
Lovely patio to enjoy your wine.
A variety of whites and reds available:
Bubbly Blanc de Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Orange Muscat, Viognier, Riesling, Rosé of Malbec, Pinot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet.
Wine cost ranges from $28 up to $94.
The average price is $34 per bottle.
No distribution commercially.
European style wine.
For wine tasting we often balk at a tasting fee being too expensive.
Yet, on Facebook I see many people spending quite a bit to attend ‘wine and paint nights’.
The Meadowcroft ‘A Perfect Blend’ experience is $80.
No need to gasp at the price tag.
In this tasting experience you learn the art and science of winemaking.
In the Meadowcroft vineyards.
A short walk to the vineyards, right on the Cornerstone property.
Our group was lucky to have Tom Meadowcroft as our tour guide.
Tom is owner and wine grower.
Nice, incredibly knowledgeable, and sweet man.
Under Tom’s guidance I got my nose right up close to the vines.
I took a whiff of some flowering/blooming grapes.
He showed our group two different grape leaves and how to tell the difference in varietals based on the leaves.
As we walked through the vineyards butterflies and ladybugs floated around us, quail darted by, and a rabbit hopped along.
After our vineyard excursion, we headed back into the tasting room.
We explored barrel samples of Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Malbec and Merlot.
Tom walked us through a flavor and aroma wheel.
We identified different tasting notes for each wine.
We decided which of the barrel samples were our favorites.
Then the blending started.
Into our test tubes went different wine percentages.
I LOVED the Merlot, so for my first wine blend I had mostly Merlot and then some Cab Sauv and Cab Franc.
The table was giddy with excitement.
We munched on cheese, chocolate, apple slices and crackers while we tasted wine and made two blends.
The experience ended with us bottling our wine creations.
We even got to custom label our wine bottles.
Let me go back to my wine and paint night comparison.
Don’t get me wrong…I love a great paint night.
Often my paintings sit in the garage never to be hung.
My boyfriend and I left Meadowcroft with two classic red Bordeaux style blends.
On our way to the car we agreed.
We plan to save one of our blends for a special anniversary occasion!