Returning from the Baja we made a quick stop to check out the Ruta del Vino everyone down there was talking about.
At random, we picked one winery right off the main road- Solybarro.
This modest establishment was founded by a retired Swiss Chef turned winemaker/entrepreneur, Aime Desponds.
Three wines were available for sampling at the rather costly fee of $7 US for 2 oz pours. We found the Grenache/Cab blend to be a pretty sophisticated effort- full,floral nose with classic Grenache character backed up with some Cab tannin for spine. Worth the $22 we plunked down for a few bottles. The white Malvasia is clearly a labor of love and the nose is gorgeous to be sure with a dead dry finish that opens up with echoes of exotic fruits. Intriguing. The third wine, a red, felt unpleasantly salty on the tongue perhaps influenced by brackish irrigation water?
On site dining is available on week-end and we were sorry not to be able to sample the Swiss influenced menu.
We were very happy we stopped by and it makes us curious about sampling other wineries in the area.
We would be even happier if the custom of applying tasting fees to purchases could be adopted...
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