Landmark (Finally) and Lagunitas (yes, beer not wine)

25 May

Landmark is right down the street from where we’re staying….it closes at 4pm and we hadn’t gotten back in time in previous days….so after breakfast Lori and I walked down there and had a fine tasting (even surprising).Image The entry to the winery has a pair of evergreens intertwined, meaningful to Lori and I (so we’re hokey…) Their hallmark wine is Overlook chardonnay, and the 2010 is even better than I remembered, well balanced, with bright acidity, along with the buttery oak that you expect. It sees 20% new oak and goes through full malo, giving it nice creaminess. We tasted 8 additional wines, most of which aren’t generally available, but I’m going to see if it’s possible to get in a fantastic Pinot Noir (the Kanzler). Justin did a fine job presenting the wines talking with us about wine life. The facility is beautiful, not overdone. The total production is 25,000 cases (2/3 is the Overlook), so even being pretty well-known, they’re definitely in the small category.

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Beth and Ian in the keg room

The whole “research group” visited a couple of creameries (cheese factories and not worth mentioning) in Petaluma, and then had lunch at Lagunitas, a brewery near Petaluma. We carry their “Lil Sumpin” at Pairings, Ian’s favorite. We had a nice lunch (the pork tenderloin nachos are way too good) and tried a bunch of their brews. Ian and Beth helped out in the barrel room.

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