It’s usually after we make the turn onto Route 121 that I know we’ve hit wine country. The seemingly endless rows of vines to your left and the two enormous gates flanking the road up to the winery on the right are kind of hard to miss. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t even a little embarrassed to admit that up until a few weeks ago, I’ve all but used Ram’s Gate as a marker for entrance into the Sonoma Valley. And since our goal is to try as many wineries as possible while we live this close to wine country, it only made sense that Ram’s Gate would be high up on that list.
After checking in (definitely call ahead to book), we were seated at the tasting bar inside what I’d describe as an upscale barn. It was dark and moody, with reclaimed wood walls, yet cozy at the same time and filled with oversized furniture (think Restoration Hardware) and a warm fireplace.
Since we’d just come from lunch at Boon Fly Cafe in Napa, we opted for a simple tasting, but I think next time we’ll probably order charcuterie as well. We enjoyed some very healthy pours of four of their wines (they’re known for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), but since I was itching to get outside, we ended up taking our last glass with us as we explored the grounds.
Even in the dead of winter, the grounds were still stunning.
We took our time and stayed for the sunset, which I highly recommend. All in all, I’d say it was a day well spent. And while Ram’s Gate wasn’t exactly our normal speed, it was a nice change of pace.
Have you guys been to Sonoma? Any wineries we need to add to our list?