Resident Feature

Rombauer Rocks!

Recently we had the pleasure to visit Rombauer Vineyards. It is located on 40 acres of pristine beauty in sensational St. Helena. Founded by Koerner and Joan Rombauer in 1980, it is still managed by second and third generation family members.

In our community of Blackhawk, Rombauer is known as a ‘cult’ wine and brings smiles of ‘joy’ to many residents.

Our tasting was outside on a sun splashed day due to the Covid 19 rules.

We enjoyed an extensive presentation of these wines by our knowledgeable host Kerry. The line-up included 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 Carneros Chardonnay, 2017 Reserve Chardonnay, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017 Merlot, 2018 Zinfandel and finished with a dessert wine appropriately named ‘Joy’. We liked the wines so much that we also joined their Chardonnay Club.

We also bought a selection of wines to participate in their Virtual 40th Anniversary Party with a group of friends.

For lunch, we enjoyed a great meal and outside seating on the large and beautiful grounds of Farmstead Restaurant. Their beignets with warm caramel bourbon sauce are a ‘must do’ to complete any meal. They have an extensive, excellent menu and an attentive service staff that will satisfy any ‘foodie’.

The beignets rival famous Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans that has been serving these passionate powdered desserts since 1862.

Rombauer Rocks!

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By Mike L. McColgan, Resident since 1990