Kaz Vineyard & Winery
Sonoma County Winery
233 Adobe Canyon Road
Kenwood, CA 95452
|Phone #||(707) 833-2536|
|Pricing||$ $ $ $ $|
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Kaz Vineyard & Winery Wine Tasting Tours, Hours & Prices:
Friday thru Monday: 11am - 5pm
Tasting fee: $5 ($6 on credit card)
Kaz Vineyard & Winery Wine Tasting Notes
Kaz, the man in charge, is a loony rocker who likes to have a good time all of the time. His small-time family winery is just that... family. When you enter the old barn tasting room through the sliding wooden door, you'll most likely be greeted by Kaz himself, or his wife... or one or more of his kids. You'll probably hear hard rock piped through the speakers, and be treated to some irreverent behavior.
We had the pleasure of meeting Kaz and his daughter (or "Kaz junior" as he referred to her as). Kaz wore a sports visor and looked to have crazy spiked hair. At one point he casually took the visor off to expose his mostly bald head! It was one of those visors with hair! Kaz likes getting a rise out of people.
We came in just as a customer was bottling and corking his own wine from a barrel at the back of the room. As it turns out, the 2009 Lenoir - a varietal usually grown in Texas - can be tasted straight from the barrel, and if "you like it you bottle it!".
For $5 bucks we were able to taste six wines from the list of thirteen, including three ports. Kaz makes only one white, a Sauvignon Blanc he ferments in the old-school style due to his lack of expensive stainless steel equipment.
The labels, all black and white photos that have been colorized by his son Ryan, are pretty cool and often inspired the name of the wines - like the "So Blank" Sauv Blanc label with an old photo of three military men with no faces.
This is really one of the smallest production wineries open to the public and the wines are decent, but is worth a trip just for the entertainment value. It's a great stop for the younger sect, or those looking for an extremely personal experience with absolutely none of the usual tasting room pretense. This is what winotripping is all about... meeting the winemaker and getting a real connection with the wine you taste.
Kaz Vineyard & Winery Wines
Ratings and tasting notes coming soon!