My brother Tom and his wife Helen joined Green Dragon and I for the trip. I decided we'd swing by Sandhill Crane Vineyards, a standout small winery that
has a wide array of wines, comfortable tasting room and knowlegable staff.
This family-owned winery has 32 wines to choose from on its tasting menu and all the samples are free. The wines include some uncommon grape varieties that are uncommonly good, including Vignoles, Traminette, Chardonel, Vidal Blanc, Lemberger and Chancellor.
During our last visit, we really savored the white wines. This time the Serenade, a semi-sweet Vignole, stood out and the 2009 Traminette and 2010 Riesling were certainly good. But the reds really were the stars on this visit.