Many notables have visited but tasting room staff
Rombauer Vineyards: Friends, Food and Wine | Wine Country This Week Magazine Wineries, Wine Tasting, Wine Tasting Maps Fri, 06/02/2006Rombauer Vineyards: Friends, Food and WineRombauer Vineyards: by Diana Greenwoods you pass through the gates and wind up the drive leading to Rombauer Vineyards' tasting room, glance to the right and you'll see the friendly Joan's Vineyard sign marking a ten-acre estate Zinfandel vineyard planted in 1974, what the family calls "the front yard." It's a good indication of the hospitality to come when you reach the top of the hill.The Rombauers are
gracious folks, as indicated by hundreds of photos of happy visitors sampling wines in the casual room since 1982. Many notables have visited but tasting room staff, Jim, John, Marie, Nancy and Holly treat everyone like royalty, no questions asked. It's that kind of place. Chances are the family dog will be milling about. A pint-sized, third-generation Rombauer may dart in and out, hitch a ride on a forklift or pick a rose from the lush garden begun with the magic touch of the Ferragamo Snake Patent Leather Ballerina Flats lovely, late Joan Rombauer, reminding one of the family's staying power.That's what the wine business is all about - quality of product and staying power - and Rombauer has proven to the world their wines are worth a taste. Still family-owned and operated by Dad, Koerner Rombauer, who oversees the day-to-day; daughter, Sheana, special events and marketing; and son, Koerner Rombauer III (K.R.), Director of National Sales, the dedication of the family spills over to the entire team and shows in every bottle. Hands-on Winemaker, Greg Graham, joined the team in 1988 and plans to stick around. He fits right in.Particularly known for Carneros Chardonnay and Estate Grown Zinfandel, Rombauer also successfully produces the varietals Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Merlot and a meritage blend, Le Meilleur du Chai translated as "the best of the cellar." The very limited production of the popular Joan's Vineyard Zinfandel is sold exclusively at the winery. Full-bodied and bursting with raspberry and pepper, this is a wine to remember. At Rombauer, tasting is complimentary seven days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tasting room staff is happy to talk wine and food and share the story of The Joy of Cooking, the internationally recognized cookbook written by Koerner's great-aunt, Irma Rombauer. Continuously revised and updated for changing lifestyles, the book, like the family, celebrates the relationship between friends, food and wine. Even the wine club, "The Joy of Wine," tags the concept.Located at 3522 Silverado Trail in St. Helena, visit Rombauer for great wine, the welcoming reception, and for the flourishing grounds strewn with gravel paths through cool woods that lead to romantic picnic tables offering the best in valley views. Tours are available by appointment and events are planned with that same gracious hospitality you'll find in the tasting room. Call the winery at 1-800-622-2206 or check for additional information.
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