If you imagine a smaller vineyard and winery to be the place where you will find down-to-earth people who simply love people and wine, then McKenzie-Mueller is exactly where you want to visit. These folks have a very down-home view of the world and they put their heads and hearts together over the very grapes that they now grow and harvest to produce 2,500 cases of wine per year. From the beginning, Bob Mueller has been a man who loved to farm, making his transition to winemaking as easy as slipping on a pair of boots. His wife, Karen, already possessed the love of people and the arts that made her perfect for managing the estate and handling tours and tastings. Between them, they have created a family vineyard and winery where you feel like you are coming home when you pay them a visit.
This lovely little vineyard is hidden away in the heart of Carneros AVA, where the soils and micro-climates are perfect for the varietals they have chosen to plant. However, it is the dedication that they’ve shown to crafting some of the most delicious premium wines in the area that really drew us to try their wines. Something about their very hands-on and natural growing practices, paired with their family values, made their vineyard one that everyone wanted to go to. When we chose to take a tour, we found out that this view has a great backing, because we felt as if we were part of the vineyard family during our visit.
This outstanding family has brought forth a great variety of wine varieties including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, and more. With many of their wines being single-vineyard varieties, it is clear that they take the extra time to ensure that each varietal has the best growing conditions and care possible. After all, without such extraordinary care taken, they would not be able to produce the amazing premium wines that they’ve been releasing, nor would they have been named Estate Winery of the Year in 2000!
If you absolutely love premium wines from the Carneros AVA, but still love your pocketbook as well, then joining the wine club of McKenzie-Mueller would be a very good idea. With a 25% discount and quarterly shipments, their service is sure to provide you with plenty of bottles of wine for your special occasions. Those wines, coming from their own vineyards, will include at least one library wine, as they produce wines that get even better with age. In addition, you’ll have the chance to be invited to special events that are for wine club members only, which means you’ll have a chance to try wines that most others may never even experience!
If you do pay them a visit, or join their wine club, or simply love their wines, tell us about the wines you’ve tasted and your experiences. We’d love to hear from you, as we plan to feature some of the best premium wines in the country after our opening later this year at West Palm Beach Brewery and Wine Vault in South Florida. Until then, happy tasting!
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