Kurt FischerLangtry Estates Winery Tour

by Kurt Fischer, Redwood Region, Past President

Dateline....Saturday May 23, 2015...what do 26 fine Porsches and 44 happy people do?  We're off to the highways and byways of Lake County courtesy of our Vice President, Craig Steele with a visit to Langtry Estates Winery.

 We leave our meeting place about 9:30 am with backroads to Lake County set in our minds and clear roads ahead!  The sun appears just as we leave Sonoma County and we stop at the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center for a regroup and bio break.

Looking off in the hills surrounding Middletown you could see the plumes from the geysers which generate a lot of heat and power for the local area!  It is amazing the amount of thermal activity that lies just beneath those hills. The Visitor Center was a wealth of knowledge.  Not only do we drive the back roads...we learn!

Off in big circle of quiet and well maintained roads with little or no traffic is just the way we like our backroads for our arrival at Langtry.

 Langtry Estates covers over 23,000 acres of Lake and northern Napa County and I think must be the largest winery in the State of California!  We are met by long term winery guy...Scotty... who imparts his wine knowledge on us as we tour through the steel tanks and oak barrels and into the tasting room.  In my humble opinion...Langtry's wine price point is way below the standard pricing of Sonoma and Napa County and the wine....excellent!

We are outside sitting under a canopy of wisteria with picnic tables lined up for our box lunches and of course, our wines from Langtry!  Lunch is always a noisy event with this group...conversations all over the board!

Suddenly the skies darken and we are treated a light mist of rain drops and in the distance... thunder boomers!  No lighting just deep rumbles and enough rain to have people scurry back to their tops downs and sunroofs open.  Not a problem, once the cars are buttoned up...we are back to finish lunch...this group is not deterred from a good time!

On the way home... the wipers were on for the next 20 minutes then into the sunshine!  Many thanks to Craig Steele for setting this tour and Scotty from Langtry for his great presentation of his wine knowledge and hospitality!

Join us for our next winery tour...July 18, 2015... where we visit Field Stone Winery.  These tours are a great combination of back roads, good food and wine!

(photo's courtesy of Paige Gaines)