VJB Cellars Kenwood, California

VJB Cellars 60 Shaw Ave. Kenwood, CA 95452

All the elements of an Italian village; The piazza, food, wine, and family. I had researched quite a bit before our trip to Sonoma, mainly because I was so excited but also knowing our trip would not be an entire week, planning was vital for a memorable experience!

Under the travel category of my bucket list, a trip to Italy holds top billing. Experiencing Italy as if I were living there in a small village speaks to my soul, so when I discovered VJB cellars through my Sonoma trip research I knew this was a contender on my list of wineries to visit.

Created in 2012 by Henry Belmonte, his vision was to replicate a small Italian village and offer a friendly environment for the whole family so visitors would leave with a cherished memory… and of course drink some amazing Italian wines! As a child he recalls visiting a winery with his parents that welcomed the entire family so that experience became the inspiration¬† for VJB Cellars.

I have to say, my experience was not only memorable but educational. My knowledge of Italian wines is very limited so this wine tasting became a very informative pleasure!

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After enjoying a wonderful lunch with our guys on the piazza we ventured into VJB’s tasting room. We were greeted by Matt, a tall, dark and handsome wine educator. For $15 we sampled 5 Italian wines and a few not listed.

As Matt presented us with our tasting list, we were instructed to take notes while we sipped and listened to the story of each wine. I now have a great fondness for Italian wines, half of which I cannot pronounce! Another added bonus, VJB Cellars has compiled a list of their wines with tasting notes and food pairing suggestions, a map of Italy displaying the appellations of the wines, and a chef’s recipe for visitors to take home.

NOTE: VJB’s limited produced wine varietals are sold exclusively through the winery and they offer a wonderful wine membership, Club Enoteca. Details can be found on their website. http://www.vjbcellars.com

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This Rosso Family Blend was one of my favorite from our tasting experience. I brought home a few bottles!

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¬†My partner in crime, me Sweet Sis & I enjoying VJB’s piazza.imagejpeg_4 - CopyThis winery holds a very special memory in my mind so on my next trip out to the Sonoma region I will be sure to stop back in for a visit! If you want to experience a little slice of Italy while in California wine country add VJB Cellars to your trip, it will not disappoint. Ask for Matt!

Diane Rogers

 

 

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