Three years ago I participated in my first Santa Clara Valley Wine Passport Weekend. We visited a few wineries, one being Sarah’s Vineyard. The young ladies pouring that day must have been tired of the numerous participants trampling through their tasting room staying only long enough to finish their tasting. When my little group approached the counter, we were greeted with snarls and exasperation. Not a good way to start off. I admit we arrived 30 minutes before closing. They were only pouring three wines so I believed we had plenty of time for the tasting. The crowd was thinning out and only my group remained at the counter. We waited. We waited patiently. We were finally approached by a young lady that requested to see our passports. She stamped them and poured our first tasting. I”m not sure if it was my first impression of the tasting room or the wine but I was not a fan of wine. I have not been back since. Fast forward to the present.
A friend invited me to go to Solis with her to pick up her club shipment. I’m not one to pass up an opportunity to taste Solis wines. While standing at the tasting counter, another wine enthusiast told us he had just come from Sarah’s Vineyard and he really liked their wines. I was surprised to hear that. I just assumed everyone had the same experience I did. After listening to him talk about their Rhone blends I was intrigued. So off we went. But not without apprehension.
I opened the door to the tasting room and the first thing I heard was, “Hi guys, come on in.” We followed the voice and that was when we met Megan. A big smile and as sweet as can be. She introduced the wines to us and asked us where we wanted to start. Megan is a Sommelier and very knowledgable about their wines and wines in general. I really enjoyed their wines and we had some great conversation with Megan. So here is to second chances. I am now a Sarah’s Vineyard wine club member.