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Caves & Cows at Benziger’s Biodynamic Winery

By Alexa Chipman August 31, 2017

Benziger Wine Trail

Benziger is a destination winery, with sprawling gardens and tram tours packed with visitors eagerly taking selfies. Their gift shop alone is larger than the average Glen Ellen tasting room. Despite their size and influx of tourists, Benziger runs like a well-oiled machine, with experienced, informed staff ready to explain the unique farming techniques used on the property. (more…)

Mayo Winery Glen Ellen - Vintage Truck

Treasure Trove of Fantastic Wine at Mayo Family Winery

By Alexa Chipman July 13, 2017

Mayo Winery Glen Ellen - Vintage Truck

Mayo Winery is easy to drive past—its quiet brown tasting room conceals a fabulous array of wine within, like a plain chest of pirate treasure cascading with jewels and gold once opened. Their aptly named “Adventure Tasting” features exotic varietals to Sonoma County, or choose a “Premium Tasting” for traditional wines like Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. Their list is one of the most extensive in the area, keeping winemaker Michel (Mike) Berthoud quite busy. His exquisite craftsmanship is evident throughout Mayo Winery’s offerings as well as through his own Berthoud label, which is available at the tasting room. (more…)