Monday, August 19, 2013

A Tour & Tasting at Millbrook Winery

Sorry I've been M.I.A! Not going to lie, I've been kinda lazy lately. I'm also attempting to eat a bit healthier so I'm trying to tone down all the ooey goooey goodness recipes, but I'm sure I'll cave and throw one up soon!

Any who... a few Thursdays ago I took a trip to the Millbrook Winery and enjoyed a tour and tasting with my friends Alex and Courtney! 

As we slowly drove up the long gravel driveway we were met with rows and rows of grapes!
Guided by Bruce, a jokester of a tour guide, we walked through part of the winery and learned all about the process of wine making and the types of wine Millbrook produces.
 Their Williams Selyem, a popular Pinot Nior from California has achieved phenomenal ratings. 
Afterwards, we moved on to the barrels that the wine is stored in, learning the difference between the French and California way of storing wine. 
Here's one of the major store rooms filled with barrels of wine!
Finally, we went back to the tasting room and tried six different wines! 
First on the list, and my personal favorite of the tasting was their Tocai Friulano from their Proprietors Reserve, which had a strong acidity and was complimented by the sweetness of pear.
After the tasting a platter of bread and a bit of their Villa Pillo Tuscan Olive Oil and wine biscuits were passed around to soak up all the vino we just drank!
It was the perfect end to the tasting. The olive oil was rich and delicious and those wine biscuits were amazing! I was tempted to scoop up all the extra biscuits, but something in my head told me I might get a few disapproving looks from people.
Once we were done snacking Court, Al and I wandered around looking for the wines we wanted to purchase. Alex and I took home a bottle of the Tocai! She also bought a bottle of their Merlot for her sister. I can't recall the specific wines Court chose, but I know she ended up with two Reds.
I also purchased a bottle of Borgoforte from their Villa Pillo collections, per Bruce's suggestion.  And at the last second I snagged a bag of their white wine biscuits!

On our way out, Bruce showed me this sign that I just had to snap a photo of!

My trip to Millbrook Winery was a huge success and a bunch of fun! I'm looking forward to coming back in the fall to try a different selection of wines, with a majority of their Reds! For information on their tour schedule and pricing click here.

Until next time!  Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram!

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