We had been seated only about 5 minute and sipping our glasses of wine when the first LOUD gun shot rang out, followed several seconds later by another and then another.
After that, the sounds of terrified birds fleeing, screeching, some sounding like they are mortally wounded. After that, silence.
What the heck? We were the only people on the patio at that point (12 noon exactly) on a Saturday .... didn't expect to hear gunshots .... wondered if there was someone likely to walk up any moment with a pheasant hanging wrong way up and a rifle slung over his shoulder!
Asked our server when she came back out and we were told this is a recording intended to scare birds out of the vineyard and that it comes on automatically at intervals.
The intervals seemed to be about 10-15 minutes apart ... as the patio filled, I watched more and more diners (many seniors) flinch each time the gun shots rang out. After a while it became rather comical and I laughed and didn't flinch, but in terms of having a romantic ambiance, this is not really a contributor and I would have liked to know about it before making the plan to dine there.
I've been dining at winery restaurants for YEARS on their patios and decks, and I have never, EVER heard this recording of birds chirping, 3 gun shots, and then screaming birds ... and having heard it every 15 minutes for an hour and a half, I won't ever need to hear it again.
Food was delicious. Wine was delicious. The patio is in a pretty enough location although it does not have any special view. Server was good (nothing special, but fine). Dessert was awesome. Would I return? Minus the recording of guns yes I would. Otherwise, no. And now I will ask any winery where I am making a daytime patio reservation whether they use this recording of "guns and birds" and will abstain from dining if this recording is part of their ambiance.
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