Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol

Iron horse food truck


From the issue Don't Forget the Bubbly

Horse Around

Some sparkling wines pair best with a commitment to the environment and the al fresco fun of food trucks. Giddy-up to family-owned Iron Horse Vineyards, located in Sebastopol on a remote hilltop property with mile-wide views of green vineyards, the Mayacamas, and the silhouette of Mount St. Helena. The playful winery’s view-tastic outdoor tasting room—a trellis-shaded wine bar with a casual vibe—is an ideal place to try a few of their sparkling options, like the 2007 Russian Cuvee, put on the map after originally being served at the Reagan-Gorbachev summit meetings. Don’t expect spit jars. Employees encourage guests to dump excess drink back into the vineyards. And that’s not the only way this Green Valley vineyard gives a nod to the earth. Iron Horse has teamed with National Geographic to make a limited edition, vintage sparkling called Ocean Reserve, contributing $4 to ocean preservation for every bottle sold. During summer months, stick around for Food Truck Fridays. Grab a serving of the weekly gourmet-on-the-go specialty (August 10 features Jamaican pulled pork tacos and rosemary fries), and kick back under Iron Horse’s vine-lined picnic gazebo, just below the main winery. Purebred goodness!

Iron Horse Vineyards is at 9786 Ross Station Rd. in Sebastopol (707-887-1507). The Tasting Room is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Winery tours are available by appointment Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., with Friday tours hosted by winemaker David Munksgard. Tours are $20 per person (including tasting), and tastings sans tours are $15 per person, both refunded with bottle purchase. Food Truck Fridays run every Friday, June through September, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No dogs.

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