Outside Scribe.

I love wine tasting, but after sipping in Italy and France, I often feel wineries in the US try too hard to emulate historic European buildings in an effort to transport visitors to Tuscany or Provence. To me, it all feels a bit inauthentic. That’s what is so refreshing about Scribe. The Sonoma winery sports no over the top opulence (If the Ace hotel decided to start a winery—it would look something like this). The office and tasting room are located in a simple house—painted flat black and adorned with a wall of wine barrels. Tastings can be done in the cellar or at outdoor picnic tables nestled in amongst twisty oak trees. There are even stacks of colorful Pendleton blankets incase it gets chilly. No one who works at the winery is over 35, but the land itself has a storied history. German immigrants planted the first vines on the property in the mid 1800s. The winery flourished until prohibition hit in 1920. A 100 year-old hacienda still stands and plans are to restore it and eventually use it as the primary tasting room. And as if the beauty of the land, the history and the vibe weren’t reason enough to visit, the wine, from a bracingly crisp sylvaner to a silky smooth cab, are delicious!

2300 Napa Rd.

Sonoma, CA 95476



The view from the Hacienda porch.


A laid back place to taste.

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