We recently finished the 2 nd weekend of our "pick and press" stay at Hope Merrill. Our first weekend was in September to pick and crush grapes to make our own wine. We shared this project with 3 other couples.
Last week we went back to taste, blend, bottle, and label our wine. Not only was it a great time, but our hosts Ron & Cosette were great! Ron took us out to the grapes on the property, to pick and press the grapes, then instructed us in the art of wine making.
Then came our hostess Cosette! What a gourmet experience she provided us! Legendary breakfasts and remarkable dinners.all of this on the grounds of a restored Victorian 1870's mansion. Need a recommendation for you free time? Cosette was there to point you to whatever you were looking for. We also received "VIP" tours of a different local winery each trip after experiencing a private tasting from the wineries personnel the night before at our dinners. Oh ... And all the tasting was included. ,!
All in all a great experience
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn is located in Geyserville, a small town in the fertile Alexander Valley, where the traveler will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the wine country in California. Nothing is more beautiful than the vineyard scene, and the vineyards of the north coast of Sonoma County are some of the most magnificent in the world. The Inn offer a grand view of Geyser Peak, the worlds largest geothermal field, and the steam clouds rising from the Geysers are prominent above the surrounding hill area. Guests enjoy the rural atmosphere and wine buffs can take advantage of the wine tasting at small wineries located along the back roads of the Russian River Wine Trail. Other diversions await the guests -- the river, the redwoods, Lake Sonoma and Warm Springs Dam are just a few miles away. ... more less
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