This weekend, we visited the Rideau Vineyard in Santa Ynez valley. The wines are amazing, the scenery is gorgeous and the tour guides are thoughtful and full of wine knowledge. It’s or new go-to favorite winery.
The house is a historic landmark, thoughtfully restored and really great to see.
All of the grapevine stock is American stock because it was found to be resistant to a nasty burrowing aphid (can’t remember the name of the blasted thing) who tried to destroy all the vineyards of Europe. This vineyard plants a combination of sweet pea and other nutrient-rich grasses in between the rows. Those are plowed into the ground to add nutrients.
This is the way wine and the California sunshine should be enjoyed!
Iris Rideau – the current owner of the vineyard – is originally from New Orleans, so there is a definite vibe of NOLA there. The vineyard is dedicated to Rhone varietals and wow what a tasting delight this was (not just whites either!). The Viognier was fantastic as was their Fleur-de-lis Duplantier. I really liked that the tasting menu was short – just 4 – instead of the 10 or so that you get at other places. I’ll take 4 delicious tastes of something rather than 10 of something I’d prefer to spit out. We’ve had those experiences as well.
OK, break from Lent is over and now back to the no-drinking.