Imagine your husband starts making wine in the barn and can't stop. If he is making award winning Viognier, then tell him to go for it. If your husband isn't this guy, stop by Rivino Family winery for a bottle or six or 12. Viognier is a white wine grape that Rivino transforms into a slightly more sweet than dry, flavorful wine that reminds you of a sunny day's picnic in your grandparent's orchard with all family and friends sitting around bread, cheese, fruit, cold chicken and salads. Not bad, considering it was a raining cats and dogs on a pretty cold day in October when we dropped by.
Located right off (and I do mean immediately off) highway 101, Rivino is a small family owned winery with a few very good varietals and one very great viognier wine. The open air tasting "room" is on a small deck overlooking the vines. Not fancy, but the price of a bottle doesn't include the all too common "chateau markup" of the bigger vinyards. If you want a chateau, there are five other wineries within a couple of miles of Hopland, If you want voseigner, stop here.
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