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“A unique place to sip on some unique wines.”

Red Car Winery Tasting Room
Ranked #16 of 49 things to do in Sebastopol
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Red Car Wine Co. is burgeoning winemaker in the far nether regions in the heart of Sonoma County, their tasting room is located near Graton, off the corner of Graton Road and the Gravenstein Highway. They started in Santa Barbara and they specialize in Pinots, so they decided to relocate up here, thanks to the high quality fruit and cool climate personality of the Sonoma Coast. Since their origins are Southern Californian, the name of the winery is a tribute to the electric trolley cars that ran throughout Los Angeles from the late 19th century through the early 1960's. These "red cars" provided transportation in a romanticized time and place. Their goal is to make their wines that are similarly "timeless and transportive," whatever that is supposed to mean. I would say they have succeeded by showcasing their wines that are lean and intentionally feminine with richer textures and body.

I came with a friend who became a member after doing a little research on the undiscovered wines of Sonoma County and he wanted to pick up his quarterly reserves and also wanted me to sample on their prized daily tastings which normally would be 20 dollars a person or waived with not a one but two bottle purchase. So they don't play around here at Red Car and their tasting are in fact the real deal. Tastings included selections of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and their prized Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir and Syrah. Red Car sources their fruit from the extraordinarily cool western edge of the Sonoma Coast, which includes its Estate Vineyard located just above Fort Ross three miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. It's the perfect place to grow a unique type of grape and in their wines I noticed hints of tangerines, pomegranate, raspberries, and huckleberries. I really loved our final wine tasting, the Syrah, with its light peppery taste and little hints of violet. It shows off the way how they grow their grapes at Red Car is really taken into consideration, with "big legs" with a lot of body and tannins coming from the skin of the grapes.

The goal at Red Car is to offer balance and purity while expressing fruit and the terroir from which the grapes are grown in. I really loved their hip modern tasting room where you could sit outside or inside their huge room and shop for fine jewelry and eclectic home décor items while you sip and learn more about the West Sonoma Coast. Their tasting room associates are top notch as it wasn't busy and as we sat in the comfy garden chairs outside, they made sure we were constantly served each wine dutifully. Red Car Wine Co. is a hidden gem among vast wineries of the Russian River Valley where they source their grapes, make great wine and market it in an inventive, original way that's perfect for connoisseurs and amateur wine lovers alike.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Reviewed March 2, 2017 via mobile

A very nice indoor wine tasting room. In the event of extreme weather a small to medium sized party can be accomodated.
Capacity is limited. Check with them before arriving with larger groups.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

One of my favorites, what a treat this wine and winery is! Don't miss it. You will not regret taking the time for a quick visit or even stay a while. Wonderful wine that's not a typical touristy place.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed October 24, 2016

We booked a tasting at Red Car, and the experience was very fun. There was one other couple at our tasting, and Michael and Dawn with Red Car took great care of us. We got to sample five of their Pinot Noir offerings and had a chance to experience how different the taste is based on where the vineyard is located. A great place to visit if you enjoy Pinot Noir.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank David G
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Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

AMAZING wines. Very cool atmosphere and tasting room. Laid back and casual. A little pushy to buy/join their club even after we stated we couldn't afford the club right now and we didn't want to ship any wine home at the time. But very helpful in that they helped us find where their wines were distributed in Minnesota.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Samantha R
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