Perhaps the best part, though, is the food. Great wine deserves great food and Merkin NAILS both! Their mission is to “Come As Close As We Can To Delivering a 100% Arizona."
The trip ended at a winery offering both motivation to keep paddling and a “we made it” bonus.
Judy named his Arizona spin on a Screwdriver (with Prickly Pear and mango purees) the Double Whammy, while my modified Whisky Sour was refreshing and fantastic. And the food? To die for.
Kathleen had never been to Virginia, but we sip wine together regularly, so introducing her to wines from the other coast seemed like a no-brainer.
No matter how many websites you peruse or how knowledgeable your travel provider is, finding that place only the locals know happens only when you ask a local.
We met the owner, other consultants, and like-minded wine drinkers who’d come to celebrate the return of group (albeit small) tastings.
Judy and I marveled at how we continually bring our travels to our table, re-living the tastes and memories of places we’ve been both near and far.
We’ve discovered the smaller places can be well worth the stop .. at least when it comes to wine.
There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Sip the wine, be awed by the view and enjoy the stories along the way.
Choosing a winery to visit among the seemingly endless list in California can be a challenge. We sought out Far Niente because we enjoy their wines and we embrace the Italian belief of “dolce far niente” … the sweetness of doing nothing.