Visiting Robert Rue Vineyard, close to the 101 (north of Santa Rosa), is
a family-friendly-fun afternoon wine tasting you've always hoped for.
Especially if you are a Zinfandel freak.
Wilson, the dachshund, is on hand to welcome you to
this quintessential family winery. He's small but he packs a big presence.
(Say hello, Wilson.)
While many wineries in the Seventies
were ripping out their old Zin vineyards (time out here for a moment of
bereavement) to plant pinot noir vines, Robert
decided to stay with the traditional stock, the one perfectly matched to the
Today Robert Rue's century-old grape vines produce
small batches of the darkest most delicious Zinfandel wine you are likely to ever taste.
Carlene and Robert Rue are the happy, friendly proprietors whose excitement
about their special wines quickly spills over as you sip their wines on
Robert and Carlene bought the property in
1974 from a farmer who had been in the area for years, and passed on to
Robert some of his secrets for keeping the wines pruned just right and the
wine juices flowing.
They also produce a
Sauvignon Blanc which is lovely, fresh and full of summertime happiness.
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