I had the pleasure of spending the evening with Julie (Pedroncelli) St. John and Ed St. John of Pedroncelli winery. They hosted us in their beautiful winery for an evening of great wine, food, and conversation. We tasted through several of their wines, paired with an incredibly home cooked meal; it was truly a one of a kind experience. We enjoyed a range of wines with some tapas, amazing mushroom soup, salad, and incredibly delectable short ribs with whipped potatoes, and roasted vegetables.

The Wines

2016 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel: This wine is perfect for patio sipping all summer long. I throughly enjoyed this rosé while watching the sunset in the vineyards and was pleasantly surprised by it’s elegance and structure. This wine is full of ripe red fruit aromas with crisp acidity and refreshing floral tones. On the palate this wine is dry and pairs beautifully with charcuterie and tapas, which we enjoyed with plenty of their wines.

2013 East Side Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc: Boasting with lemon, lime, and peach blossom, this wine is intense and aromatic with great acidity and balance. Enjoy this outside by the pool or at the beach this summer, or with a large seafood tower. This wine is delightful and perfectly pair-able with many different cuisine styles.

2016 Chardonnay Signature Collection: A wine with wonderful mango and peach aromas that follow through on the palate with some pineapple and tropical fruit notes. Sourced from the southern end of the Dry Creek Valley, and separately barrel fermented, this wine expresses both fruit forward notes and a creamy texture that is simply irresistible.

2014 Bench Vineyard Merlot: A wine with pleasant aromas of black plum and spice with a touch of vanilla and smokey oak. On the palate it’s smooth with a velvety finish and seductive tannins. This wine is perfect on a cool summer night and also paired beautifully with the savory mushroom soup I enjoyed during dinner with Julie and Ed.

Ed had something very special up his sleeve for us and I had the incredible opportunity to taste wines older than I am! He let us taste (using a coravin) the 1987 Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the 1977 Cabernet Sauvignon which were absolutely beautiful. Both still had plenty of character and structure with fine tannins and earthy notes. Aromas of cherry, currants, and oak were present in both the wines, which aged beautifully. These wines could certainly age longer, which was why the coravin was a perfect way to taste them.

For those of you visiting Sonoma and want to taste some great wines, I highly recommend you make Pedroncelli Winery one of your stops!