Our local wineries, restaurants, inns, and tour guides graciously work together to make visitors feel like guests in their homes usually with the help of a little insider knowledge. These professionals help Wine Country guests’ select the perfect options from a diversity of wonderful choices by keeping abreast of ever-changing selections. On Tuesday evening, Twomey Cellars provided an after hours professional open house on their current offerings that was both educational and fun.
Twomey (Healdsburg) Cellars is located on Westside Road a couple of miles west of downtown Healdsburg in a curving- roof modern design that follows the lines of the landscaping with winding, wraparound patios set into the rolling foothills and glass walls give expansive views of Mount St. Helena, Geyser Peak, and the “Middle Reach” of the Russian River Valley.
This is the heart of Pinot Noir Wine Country and Twomey’s summer offering, featuring a 3-Bottle Sampler includes their 2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir as well as their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Single Vineyard Merlot. The pinot noir grapes are sourced from the vineyards directly in front of the winery.
Guests were treated to offerings from the Twomey Cellars chefs’ pizza oven and The Oyster Girls while they enjoyed the beautiful evening on the spacious deck and browsed the gift shops extensive selection of wine country items from gifts, to clothing, to picnic supplies.
Twomey Cellars, from the family of Silver Oak Cellars, began as a pursuit to the discovery of varietals in California beyond Cabernet Sauvignon. Twomey’s philosophy is to make exceptional, food-friendly wines that are deliciously drinkable upon release. Twomey Cellars originated with the Soda Canyon Ranch in southeastern Napa Valley, which the Duncan family (owners of Silver Oak Cellar) acquired in 1999 and planted with the finest French Merlot clones in well-drained volcanic soils. Twomey’s founding winemaker, Daniel Baron uses a method known as soutirage traditionnel, a slow, careful process of decanting the wine from one barrel to another. At Twomey, this racking is done six times during the 18 months of aging. They consider it the ideal way to clarify red wine to crystal-clear brilliance while drawing its fruit characteristics forward and softening its tannins.
In 2000, the Duncan family secured the nine-acre West Pin vineyard in the Russian River Valley and Twomey now produces four Pinot Noirs from top California appellations, including Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Anderson Valley and Santa Maria Valley. Twomey’s newest offering is a Sauvignon Blanc grown on two estate properties: the vineyard surrounding their Calistoga winery and the Westside Road Vineyard. As a special treat, Twomey opened a 3 liter 2004 Merlot for their guests, which is also available for sale at the winery.
The Oyster Girls are a traveling oyster bar that has been satisfying the appetites of oyster lovers since 2007. Visit their website for details on how to book them for your next event.
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