Pech Merle Winery is located in Geyserville California. It has a fun relaxing atmosphere where you could hang out for hours.
Over the weekend my husband and I opened the 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir. It is a beautiful limited production hand-crafted wine.
The color was a brilliant cranberry, promising so much happiness in just a look. The nose was subtle spice. On the palate it’s bright plum, cherry and berry. The finish is velvet jam. Super smooth and sooooo delicious.
Witching Stick is best known for their Zinfandel, but my husband is a total Pinot Noir addict, so we pick this wine today. It is a 2012 Pinot Noir from the Cerise Vineyard in the Anderson Valley of California.
The color is a deep garnet. The nose is rose petals and jam. The palate is bright berry and subtle herb. The finish is velvet fruit. This wine is very delicious and we will be keeping our peepers open for another bottle.
With this weeks photo challenge I had a little fun with filters.
I know I have said this before, but Merlot is my favorite grape. I just love a well built Merlot. A good wine maker will bring out all of the juicy fruity goodness of this grape and I am in heaven.
Today we opened a beautiful Merlot from Hook and Ladder Winery. The winery is named in honor of a San Francisco firefighter and the tasting room is filled with tee-shirts form firehouses would wide.
Today we opened a 2014 Estate bottled Merlot from the Los Amigos Ranch located on Chalk Hill Road, Russian River AVA. The color of this wine is a lovely garnet. The nose is all cherry and fruit, it smells just like it should and made my mouth water immediately. On the palate it’s jam and berries with a clean smooth finish. This wine is a match to my palate. I love it. I wish we had bought more. Looks like a winery visit is in our future and more Merlot, lots lots more!
This restaurant opened in December 2017. It’s new so we wanted to check it out and it recently had a wonderful write up in our local paper.
We went for a quick happy hour bite. The cocktails are hand crafted and I couldn’t choose between ‘The Ruby’ or ‘The Blood Orange’ martini. I asked the Barkeep, Zack, to make my choice. He picked ‘The Ruby’. It’s made with grapefruit vodka and of course grapefruit juice. This drink is crazy good. It’s tart and sweet and completely delicious.
The Ruby at Salt and Stone
look at all the ice chips – The Ruby at Salt and Stone
For our bites we tried the calamari, BBQ oysters and the Chef’s special cheese & charcutier plate.
The calamari was nicely seasoned and crisp. The sauces served were a classic cocktail and a harissa aioli. The aioli was killer. It was tangy and sweet with a spicy finish.
The BBQ oysters had a lovely smokiness. They were served with a mango relish and when you put it all in one bite, it’s out of this world goodness.
The Chef’s special was a steal at only $6. Every bite was better than the last. With so much on the plate I was able to eat it in any combo I could image.
Calamari at Salt and Stone
BBQ Oysters with mango relish at Salt and Stone
Chef’s Special at Salt and Stone
I had a wonderful time watching the bar fill up with patrons and watching all the food we did not order be brought out of the kitchen. When we visit again I will of course order the Chef’s special cheese plate and also a glorious looking burger.
Happy Hour Menu at Salt and Stone
Cocktail Menu at Salt and Stone