When someone puts a glass of wine in my hands, I want to sip and stroll.
Quivira, pronounced (key-vera), is the perfect wine-strolling spot.
Part winery and part farm.
120 raised garden beds that change with the season.
In the spring colorful flowers burst from these garden beds and are so cheery.
Stroll by chickens, veggies, an incredible fig tree, bee hives, and a little pond.
As I was strolling, I almost forgot for a second I was in Healdsburg.
Almost feels like you're exploring a french garden.
The New York Times named Quivira one of the top wineries to visit if you have 36 hours in Sonoma County.
Architectural Digest Called Quivira one of the "Most Beautiful Biodynamic Wineries In The World."
Tasting is $20 Per Person.
Wines range from $22 to $45 per bottle.
No appointment needed.
Open daily 1-:00am-4:30pm
There seems to be some confusion if the picnic tables are open to all or just club members.
I would call ahead of time and reserve one just in case.
The 2015 Sauv Blanc was voted #1 Sauv Blanc in California.
ALL ESTATE GROWN!
They make Sauv Blancs that are 80% stainless steel.
The Refuge Sauv is 100% barrel aged.
Dog's allowed as you stroll the grounds and in the picnic area.
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For sure take pics in the garden.
Raise a glass amongst the colorful wildflowers.
Another great spot would be to take a pic by the pond.
Feel Good Vibes
I don't think anybody would question that what we put in our bodies is important.
Quivira wines come from certified organic vineyards.
No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers used.
Sip happily knowing your wine is pure!
ANNNNNNDDD if you love honey-bees like me...
And are fearful for all the bee colonies threatened throughout the world like I am....
Then Quivira brings hope!
Quivira supports the health of their bees and provides a permanent home for them on the property.
Wine Nerd Facts
Quivira is aligned in the French concept of terroir.
A place is reflected in the glass.
All the physical elements of a place affects the character of wine.
Terroir can be soil composition, elevation, sun exposure, climate.
Terroir is what Mother Nature provides.
Wines are the product of their terroir.
The wines that come from Quivira are a reflection of the composting, animals, bee hives, and everything that goes into keeping the vineyard soil healthy and alive with microbiotic life.
Quivira believes that their vines are as healthy as the entire property.
The terroir of Quivira is alive and robust and therefor what is reflected in the glass is pure joy.
Wine Club? Fun Events?
One of their beautiful patios are open just to the Queue Club. An enjoyable perk for club members.
It looks like they have an annual event called Figs & Pigs in September.
There is a fig buffet and all the figs come from their 135 year old fig tree on property.
There is live entertainment and barrel stomping.
At Quivira's events they often have an Artisanal Marketplace showcasing many products from local small biz owners, as well as their own farm products like olive oil and preserves.
Sheila's Tasting Notes
I'm an only child.
I spent years having to use an active imagination to keep myself occupied as the only kid in my house.
I've become known for imaginative and storytelling tasting notes.
Here's what I envision when I open a bottle of Quivira:
Julia Child and me.
We ride to Quivera on our bicycles. The kind of bike with baskets in the front.
Our baskets are filled with goodies from Healdsburg Farmer's market.
We are ready for a little picnic.
We open a bottle of my favorite Sauv Blanc.
I trot over to one of the Quivira flower beds and pick some wildflowers to put in a little vase.
The song 'C'est Is Bon' sung by Eartha Kitt plays on a portable record player.
Julia says one of her famous quotes like: "As you get older, you shouldn't waste time drinking bad wine."
We guffaw! Julia is just so clever. ; )
The wine keeps pouring and we are as happy as...
the little bumble bees buzzing around us.