My girlfriends and I decided to go for a day of wine tasting after a few of them had gotten married. We had spent the summer talking about nothing but weddings so we planned a trip so that we could spend some quality time together. And because we love wine. Since we had a summer full of weddings, we also didn’t want to spend too much money. We decided to keep our wine tasting weekend local so we didn’t have to drive very far and wouldn’t have to pay a lot for tastings in somewhere like Napa. A friend had gone to the Old Sugar Mill before and had a great experience, so we decided to make the 20 min drive from Sacramento and go check it out.
While there was a lot about that trip that stood out to me, I had the best experience with Rendez-vous Winery because of the helpful staff and because the wines were DELICIOUS.
I’m pretty sure they mostly make white wine, but it was so delicious that I didn’t even care. I’m generally not crazy about white wine but I made an exception. It is entirely possible that I’ve never tasted good white wine before, but after this, I think I won’t bother with anything else.
The first wine I tasted of theirs was the 2011 Chenin Blanc. It was light and crisp but not too dry. The tasting attendant told me it was one of their most popular wines and I could see why. I was incredibly balanced and I couldn’t imagine any food tasting bad with it.
The next wine we had was the 2009 Rendez-blanc. Just smelling this wine made my mouth water. It smelled so good I wanted to bottle it and spray it as a perfume. I didn’t of course, but I was even more thrilled to find that it tasted just as good as it smelled. It had notes of pear and butterscotch and had an excellently smooth finish. I could drink that wine everyday, I think.
We also tasted the 2009 Late Harvest Chardonnay, which was a little sweet for me, but I would drink it as a dessert wine. It had notes of apricot and honey as well as citrus. One of my friends liked it so much, she bought a whole case! It is interesting how different people can have such varying taste buds.
I left the winery with eight bottles of wine. Two Chenin Blanc, four Rendez-blanc and two Late Harvest Chardonnay. The prices were pretty reasonable and I felt like the experience was well-worth the cost. The staff answered all of our questions (and some of my friends had a lot of them) and made sure to give recommendations based on each of our preferences.
I was so glad to have gotten the chance to spend time with friends I hadn’t seen in a long time as well as find a new winery like Rendez-vous in Clarksberg. I will definitely come back, next time with more trunk space!