Living in wine country, like living anywhere, can often lead to surprises if you are open to them. On this Labor Day, after a 20 mile bike ride around West Dry Creek and Canyon Roads in Healdsburg and Geyserville, that serendipity struck.
We have been to Seghesio's tasting room many times before, but today, as we rode past at the beginning of the ride, we noticed a sign in front that said, "Tuscan style tapas and wine by the glass". We made a mental note and continued on our ride.
West Dry Creek was absolutely fabulous and both the bike and car traffic were minimal. This is important as the shoulder is narrow and the road is curvy with safe auto speed of about 35 mph. Anyway, we are in the middle of harvest and the air was clear and you could smell the grapes as they were being picked and transported to the crush pads. The trees and the vines have begun picking up their fall colors (New England has nothing on the wine country). Also, happily, the traffic related to the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend that culminated with the auction at Chateau St. Jean, on Sunday, has dissipated.
In any event, after a great ride and a couple of small errands, it was lunch time so we decided to check out the Tuscan style tapas at Seghesio Family Vineyards, a perennial favorite. Seghesio was purchased about a year ago by Crimson Wine Group, a self declared wine group focused on boutique wineries in preeminent wine growing regions. The good news is that the family and its recipes remain part of the fabric of the winery.
Andy, our server and long time member of the Seghesio team, welcomed us to Café La Brezza on the 2nd story deck of the winery where about 12 high-top and restaurant style tables were arranged in this mostly redwood shaded patio. The menu was simple but loaded with tasty Italian dishes of olives, Salumeria, Fennel Sausage and succulent ribs. The wine choices by the glass included Arneis, Sangiovese and Zinfandel.
We selected the Fennel Sausage and the Ribs and they were wonderful. The Sangiovese and Zinfandel were perfectly paired and, of course, the setting was wine country perfect. We'll be back! If you are in Healdsburg before mid-October than be sure to check out Café La Brezza. Open Friday through Sunday, 11:30 am - 4:00 pm.