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“An Excellent Surprise”
Review of Toulouse Vineyards

Toulouse Vineyards
Ranked #7 of 21 things to do in Philo
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

During our recent week long trip to CA, we visited many wineries in the Alexander, Anderson and Napa Valleys. I can easily put our stop at Toulouse right at the top of the list of favorites. The laid back atmosphere, the staff, and scenery were all perfect.

I'll readily admit I had never heard of Toulouse before quite a few people we talked to on the coast and in the Anderson Valley recommended we visit the winery. Upon arriving at the tasting room, we were greeted by Rita who would be our server. For the $5 tasting fee, were able to sample eight wines. Toulouse produces pinot gris, gewürztraminer, and riesling. But, the vineyard's stars are its pinot noirs. We enjoyed all the pinot noirs we sampled and were really enamored with the 2008 vintage. Rita explained to us how many visitors from outside the area (like us) took to the 2008s because of the smoky flavor. Unfortunately, she further explained, the flavor was caused by the smoke produced by forest fires that burned in the area during the 2008 growing season. While us visitors liked the smoky flavor, most locals didn't because it brought back memories of the fires. Rita was also very helpful in answering our questions about the winery's production and distribution, and even asked a few questions to us about how wineries operated in Virginia.

After our tasting, we purchased a bottle of pinot noir to enjoy with dinner that night. (And, upon arriving back home in VA, we phoned the winery and ordered a case!) Be sure to visit Toulouse the next time you're tasting in the area. You won't regret it.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Very friendly and informative. The ladies that poured our tasting were charming. We enjoyed our time. Blue was a very friendly ambassador for the winery.

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Reviewed October 30, 2012

Laid back and wonderful, the pinot and gewertz are great. Not our first time here, won't be our last

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Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Dory poured for us the day we stopped into Toulouse. She does their wine club events normally, buy happened to be pouring for them this day. It was such a neat experience. My boyfriend and I drink a lot of wine, but I wouldn't say we are knowledgeable in the wine world. Dory had us pair wines with different things- like lemons and fennel to see what favors it pulls out on the wines. We had such a great time here and even joined their wine club. Make sure you make a stop at Toulouse!

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

wonderfully small place, they are building a larger tasting room.. great wines and lovely owners. unpretentious, which is good.

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