Red Car September Wine Tour

Carey Sweet

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It’s been a busy late summer in Sonoma County, and Red Car Winery is no exception. The Sebastopol winery  has just unveiled a new tasting room; introduced a new olive oil; and opens up its Zephyr Farms Vineyard in Freestone for an exclusive public tour and harvest party on September 21, 2019. 

Red Car Vineyard and Tasting Room in Sonoma County

First, the tasting room: The stylish spot at 8400 Graton Road in Sebastopol has been updated and expanded with a dramatic interior, including a stunning new mural by local artist Sarah Davis. The floor-to-ceiling work captures the gorgeous Red Car vineyard sites from Bennett Valley to Fort Ross-Seaview, detailing Sonoma landmarks in between.

New décor is sleek and modern, in grays, black and orange, and guided, seated tastings of the limited production, single-vineyard Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah wines from the West Sonoma Coast are hosted in the lounge or on the lushly landscaped patio next to the gardens and lawn. 

pizza at Red Car Vineyard and Tasting Room

Second, the olive oil: This is the debut of the inaugural Zephyr Farms Estate bottling, with less than 15 cases produced of the Tuscan style treasure. The fruit was pressed within hours of harvest at Sebastopol’s Gold Ridge Organic farms, an organic olive mill established in 1993. This is an especially aromatic and flavorful oil, notes marketing manager Kendall Busby - ripe and richly textured, with a spicy sweet golden-green finish. 

Third, the Harvest Party: The seven-acre Zephyr Farms Vineyard is tucked in a Freestone oasis surrounded by breathtaking views, redwoods and coastal fog. Guests can enjoy Red Car Zephyr Farms Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cultivated from the very vineyard site they’re strolling, along with a guided walk and winemaking discussion led by Red Car vineyard manager Greg Adams.

freestone vineyard
Freestone Vineyard

Next is a multi-course, farm-to-table lunch, and an estate olive oil tasting. That’s followed by wine tastings including new releases, a three-year vertical of Zephyr Farms Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and select library wines from the Estate, Hagan, and Heaven & Earth vineyards. Live music will keep the party going throughout, performed by local musician, Jason Bodlovich.

Details: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., tickets are $150 per person. You can get your tickets here