Laurel Glen Vineyard

Glen Ellen Winery/Brewery/Distillery Fodor's Choice

Fodor’s Expert Review

As a longtime wine-industry marketing director, Bettina Sichel knew the potential pitfalls of winery ownership, but when she discovered a uniquely situated volcanic-soiled Sonoma Mountain vineyard for sale, she plunged in enthusiastically. Because her 14 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines face east, the mountain shelters the grapes from hot late-afternoon sun and excessively cool Pacific influences. Sichel's impressive wine-making team includes Phil Coturri, an organic farming expert Wine Spectator magazine calls the "Wizard of Green," and winemaker Randall Watkins. Their efforts yield a complex estate Cabernet commanding nearly $40 a glass at posh big-city restaurants because it's that good. You can taste it, along with Counterpoint Cabernet and other small-lot wines from the same vineyard, with an appointment at Sichel's industrial-chic tasting room in downtown Glen Ellen.
Winery/Brewery/Distillery Fodor's Choice

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969 Carquinez Ave.
Glen Ellen, California  95442 , USA

707-933–9877

www.laurelglen.com

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Rate Includes: Tastings $25–$50

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