Next stop was across highway 99 south east of Madera to Birdstone Winery. Right off the get go, I liked this place. Ample parking, wide open grassy spaces suitable for large parties -weddings came immediately to mind (did I mention I love to photograph weddings? Blatant self promotion! ). I also liked the simple but elegant Birdstone logo or brand:
Before entering the tasting room, we were greeted with a miniature craft fair.
Then I found the line for cheese sampling.
Did I previously mention I was hungry? Well I somehow managed to go through the cheese sampling line more than once. And it was very good – each time. Watch out for the last sample of spicy hot cheese with the Habanero Chilies. The kick was a little delayed. Did I mention I am now suddenly thirsty?
The wine tasting room was ample sized for a normal day but on this special day was a bit crowded.
It included a gift shop with all things wine related as well as racks of wine.Upon exiting the tasting room we came upon the large grassy area ideally suited for large parties and weddings. On this day it was set up with tables for relaxation and eating. Hmmm, eating sounds good about now. Unfortunately, at least to my olfactory sensitivities, there was a display tent set up selling cigars. I know this is highly attractive to some but cigar smoke is not attractive to me. So instead of lingering to satisfy hunger, it was time to move on to the next stop.
More and full size images of this visit here: Birdstone Winery Images .
More to come.