Of Montreal, Georgia, and Sonoma

our vacation started off in fabulously by going to see Of Montreal at the Grand Ballroom in SF. despite not playing The Past is A Grotesque Animal it was by far the most entertaining show of the year for me (their riotous cover of Nevermind topped the whole thing off perfectly). One of the best parts was that it ended at 11:30, leaving plenty of time for a trip to Terrior Natural Wine Bar & Merchants. While there we drank an extremely interesting white wine from the country of Georgia. I don’t remember the name of the wine I (my Georgian has suffered recently), but i do remember that it was made from “the well known Mtsvane grape” (according to the back of the bottle) and was aged for a time in clay(!). Although the wine was a 2005, it tasted much older and needed a good 30 minutes in a decanter to open up. It was a very pale pink color, but smelled and drank like a red. i had never had wine from Georgia before, but will definitely be on the lookout for them now.

Today we drove up to Sonoma. We’re renting a vacation home outside Glen Ellen on the edge of a bird sanctuary with a balcony that looks over the valley. it’s pretty amazing. We stopped at Gundlach Bundschu on the way, and realized how smart we were to bring wine bought at Terroir with us to California wine country. We liked the Gewurztraminer and Cab Franc, and bought bottles of them both, but were not impressed with the rest of their fare. It wasn’t that the rest of the wines were bad, there was just nothing interesting or unique about them.

That’s it for now. I’m still open to suggestions of wineries to visit. Especially dog friendly ones.

– Emily

(Cory is cooking lamb shoulder in the cold)

~ by Cory Cartwright on November 24, 2008.

4 Responses to “Of Montreal, Georgia, and Sonoma”

  1. Hey Emily- Love that GB and Of Montreal ended up in the same blog post. An indication that our wine is finding its way to the cool people.

  2. Wow a real winemaker. Thanks for the comment, we are honored. As for Bundschu we’ve been fans of a few of your wines for a while (we still have a couple of bottles of your rose sitting around in our “cellar” (boxes under the stairs) at home. The cab franc worked perfectly with the lamb, and the gewurtz just worked. also, a winery named “Gundlach Bundschu” is cool for that reason alone.

  3. Hey Cory – looking for dog-friendly wineries? We’ve got a list here at the Sonoma County Tourism website: http://www.sonomacounty.com/what-to-do/wineries

    Look for the “PF” symbol which means “Pet Friendly”. You can also sort by city, so you can look for wineries near Glen Ellen that are Pet Friendly. From a quick scan, both BR Cohn and Benziger are pet friendly, and they are both in Glen Ellen.

    (The new grids will be searchable by things like Pet-Friendly, but I have to keep the webmaster off World of Warcraft long enough to get that done…)

    I’m going to link to this post in our blog: http://www.inside-sonoma.com as well.



    If you stop by one of the visitor centers, our map has all the wineries, and the Visitor Guide has a grid of all the wineries and which ones are pet friendly.

  4. Yikes- Sorry- Emily posted that. Sorry.

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