GREEN: Glen Manor Vineyards

Glen Manor has been in owner Jeff White’s family since 1901, and he is the fourth generation of the family to work the property. They started growing grapes in 1995 and practice “high-concentration/low-yield” viniculture, which means that they cut down up to one-half of their vines each year. They grow their grapes on a mountainside, so they’re above the coldest air,* and their roots stay dry, meaning they have small grapes, which allows maximum skin-to-juice exposure once the grapes are crushed, ultimately resulting in more concentrated flavors. Everything at Glen Manor is done by hand except the mowing. This allows them to know exactly when each cluster is ready to harvest, meaning they don’t have to do any post-fermentation correction to any of their wines.

Their tasting room is small, which is probably why they limit tasting parties to six people – including minors and non-drinking adults. While I do recall a few outdoor tables, there’s still not a lot of room at this winery, so keep that in mind before you and your 20 best friends decide to check them out. Their pours were generous, and they served a lovely focaccia with the tasting. Most of our tasting was done by the owner’s wife, so she was obviously very knowledgable about the winery, but she never let the story take over the experience of the wine.

One thing to keep in mind – there’s a good chance that your GPS will totally die on you, so make sure you add your entire trip to the system before you leave civilization. Otherwise, you’ll make a guess on which way to turn, and your husband, who KNOWS that you have no sense of direction will listen to you, and he will drive aimlessly for several minutes before he gets mad at you and turns around to go in the direction he wanted to go in the first place.

*I know. Higher elevations usually mean colder air, but cold air is heavy, so if you go up a little ways, you’re going to be slightly warmer.

Rating: Green (We’ll totally come back!)
Tasting: $10 for 6+ wines
Price: Average to high (low $20s – $50)
Kid Friendly: Yes
Highlights: Morales Rosé
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: Does the focaccia count?
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0

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