As you approach the Campana Ranch Winery you know it is going to be an unusual experience. You confront the gate: fresh eggs, keep the gate closed for loose horses, and the name. It is a ranch and winery. The wife does the ranch and Steve Baker does the winery. He retired from corporate wine and started his own. The first wine was 2012. So it is not a winery that has been around for a long time. The afternoon I was there they were hauling hay, which he left to talk about wines.
Note: this article is about visiting Bonny Doon’s Tasting Room. We’ll review some of the wines in the near future.
Not your grandmother’s tasting room (Though Grandma may enjoy it!)
Bonny Doon’s wine tasting room offers up hearty notes of extraterrestrials, with hints of Banana slug, spaceships, and a lingering aftertaste of philosophy and fishnets. This fantastical winery is the brainchild of Randall Grahm, a philosophy major turned winemaker, on a quest for the perfect Pinot Noir.
As the designated ‘Millenial’ of Great Big Reds, Bonny Doon was my favorite tasting room I visited on our most recent trip, and well, really, my life.
Did you know you can make a Great Big Reds wine tour south of San Francisco? Yes, you can!
South of San Francisco — around Santa Cruz — if someone makes wine it’s nearly always pinot noir and/or chardonnay, with a fair amount of cab s. thrown into the mix.
But in August we put together an excellent wine tour for Great Big Reds.