Viansa Winery and MarketPlace-“Bello Vino”

When I think of my experience at this amazing Winery, all I can say is, “BELLO VINO!”

Yes the award winning wines are incredible, but the entire experience at Viansa Winery and Marketplace was captivating from the moment we pulled up, to the moment we walked the grounds.  It felt as though we took a little vacation away to Tuscany.  Read the heartfelt story about how they saved and preserved THE WETLANDS surrounding the grounds saving animal and plant life.

We entered the beautiful tasting room that offers a generous tasting and Lorenzo was attentive and knowledgeable.  My experience with the tasting was wonderful and I found that these wines had exceptional flavor and smoothness to them.  After our tasting,  we ventured out on the patio that overlooks the breathtaking Sonoma Wine country  There they offer gourmet brick oven pizzas and a glass of wine for $15.00.  This is such a great deal for such a decadent experience.

THE REVIEW

The wine that I chose to review was the Reserve Pinot Noir 2010.  This wine surprised me a bit.  I usually really like a deeper, richer Pinot and even though it was a bit lighter,  it had beautiful cherry and floral notes, and then it hit me with a creamy, toasty taste, like Creme Brulee.  Super smooth and refreshing and not bitter.  I LOVED all of the reds but this one stood out.  Sexy and feminine!

We took a long lunch enjoying our girl time and taking in the beauty of the day.   We then went back inside THE MARKETPLACE where we tasted and bought some infused olive oil, and balsamic.  I bought the Pear Balsamic Vinegar, and the White truffle oil…YUMMO!!!  In addition to these there are many sweet gifts there and a cheese bar as well.  You can sample all of the specialty food items they have.  The olive oil is created from the olives grown right on site.  There are food and wine classes also available and wonderful events for TUSCAN CLUB MEMBERS to enjoy like a Crab feed, Annual Harbor cruise or Italian Festival.


We took a few pictures to preserve our memory but we will return for sure.

VIANSA is a gem and a MUST VISIT.   What a delighful place to experience a SONOMA WEDDING.

I feel this experience needs to be savored, cherished and fully enjoyed, so my suggestion is make it the last stop,  landing there for lunch after a day of wine tasting.   I also recommend it for a romantic date.  I plan on bringing my wonderful husband there soon.

Bello, Vino!

Cin, cin! SALUTE!

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Tasting With All Of The Senses

Tasting wine with all of the senses

Consider a glass of wine as a piece of ART.  A wonderful creation that is dictated by the land, the weather and location of the vine, the handling, aging, and even bottling of the product you are drinking. It has so much more meaning when you consider that one harvest year will be completely different from the next depending on so many factors. Wine tasting itself becomes more interesting and fun when you concentrate on the flavors in your mouth whether one stands out or a few. What you taste, may be different from what another person might taste and who is to say who is right and who is wrong?   Though I hope you would never taste such a taste in your glass,  if I say my wine has the taste of stinky socks who is to say that it’s not true?

Case in point, on a recent weekend away to Monterey, my husband and I were at a 5 star hotel and asked for a nice glass of Pinot Noir.  We received our glasses, we both took a sniff and agreed the nose on it (the smell) was pleasing.  Next was the first sip.  My first reaction was that I liked it, it was interesting enough.  I always take my second taste and really dig into what flavors are popping.  On this occasion, the taste in my glass was deceiving of the smell.  The berries that I smelled were not present, and the entire wine fell flat on flavor.  There was also a strong metal taste at the finish of the wine.  My husband said it tasted like what a public bathroom smells like.

It reminded him of those discs they put into the urinal to freshen them.  haha~  He laughed and called the wine “POTTY PINOT” Go figure!!  He also said, “Make a note of this one so we don’t make the mistake of buying it again.

When tasting wine, use all your senses to enjoy every nuance.

  • First look at the glass preferably next to a light colored wall so you get a true sense of the color, the richness and depth.  Can you see through it or is it slightly cloudy?
  • Put your nose into the glass and smell the wine. Any strong aromas around you will alter the taste of your wine.  A fire, strong food aromas, or even someones fragrance can interfere.  What aromas are present in your wine?   You might smell an earthy smell, fruit, grass, coffee, vanilla, chocolate etc.
  • Feel it in your mouth as you TASTE it. When it touches the front of your tongue.  The middle part of your tongue (Mid pallet) and how does it taste as you swallow it?  Is it hot?  Does it go down smoothly?  Do you taste sweet, sour, salty, bitterness at all?
  • Focus on the tastes and sensations as they change from the beginning to the end of each taste.   Realize that the nose and the tongue work together in this part.  You are actually tasting the smells and smelling the tastes simultaneously.

This is not rocket science and there is no need to be intimidated.   When you approach wine tasting with an open mind, and an adventurous spirit, it can be an enjoyable and delightful experience.

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