It’s difficult to visit all of the wineries you want to over a festival weekend! Thankfully we live close enough to the wineries that we don’t have to try to squeeze them all in.
We started off day two of Wine Festival weekend at Olivas de Oro Olive Oil Company in Creston. We brought a bottle of wine to enjoy with our picnic food and some of the delicious fare that Marti Menacho shares in the tasting room and I bought a bottle of their delicious Fig White Balsamic Vinegar which tastes amazing on salads with their olive oils. We also got to see the four new Great Pyrenees puppies they recently got to guard their sheep.
Our next stop was to Sarzotti Winery and which was recommended to us by a reader, (thank you Bruce Wallworth) and it was a great find! They had a very festive set-up with tents and tables and a guy singing and playing guitar and some amazing smells wafting over from a BBQ. The festive atmosphere continued in the tasting room as we were cheerfully greeted by the owner and his family members.
The winery offers a wonderful selection of Italian varietals and they were all delicious ! or should I say “delizioso”? Their 2012 Zinfandel is estate grown and handpicked and a real treat for the tastebuds. The 2012 blend of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Primitivo that they call Bellumore is an Italian Festival in a bottle with a splash of Pinot Noir. Their other 2012 blend called Tre Magi is a scrumptious GSM, 70% Grenache, 20% Mourvedre and 10% Syrah. The 2012 Pinot Noir and the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Reserve have no problem standing alone, the Pinot Noir has delightful cherry and raspberry flavors and the Cab which was aged in the barrel for 36 months with lovely berry flavors and of course oak, will truly enchant any Cabernet lover’s palate!
The winery has a deep Italian history of growing grapes as the owner’s grandfather immigrated from Tuscany to Rancho Cucamonga and the tradition carries on four generations later in the rolling hills of Templeton.
We enjoyed our first visit and it definitely won’t be our last.
If our visit during Wine Fest weekend was any indication of what their event are like than I can only imagine that the next event on their calendar is going to be awfully fun. They are having a Wine Poker & Cigar Night night this Saturday, June 6th.