Our first trip to Il Gioello was before Rob Morse had officially opened for business. Back in 2005 it was by reservation only. Driving out there made you think you were in a remake of Deliverance. And the tasting room consisted of a plank across some wine barrels in the old barrel room. How far they have come.
Il Gioello is testament to the notion that if you build it, they will come. And when you make exceptional wines, more of them will come. Adding the new tasting room and with it the picnic tables and two authentic bocce ball courts was a stroke of genius.
Our group of eleven (some of whom are wine club members) went out to Il Gioello the other day. As in times past we were met by the smiling face of the owner, Rob Morse, and his wife, Kim Grobeck. After sampling some of the newly bottled vintages (and making a few case purchases) we headed out to the picnic area. There we enjoyed a wonderful lunch of salamis, cheeses and breads, most purchased from Andre's in Amador City, while downing too many bottles of wine to count.
Before we could finish lunch the first of many bocce ball competitions had started. Rob was good enough to come out of the tasting rooms and teach us the basics of the game. Before we knew it, was intended as a stop for lunch followed by more wine tasting turned into an all afternoon affair.
Il Gioello is not a winery for the limo crowd. In fact you have to be committed to even find it given that it is off the beaten path. But if you enjoy a good bottle of wine at a reasonable price on a beautiful Tuscan country estate, you should make a trip to Il Gioello.
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