With all the dry warm weather, it already feels like Spring in the wine country. Now is the perfect time to visit Napa and Sonoma to enjoy the blossoms and watch the vines bud without the summer crowds. This coming week-end is especially ideal to visit Jamieson Ranch Winery. Amanda Lynn and Lady Mags will be there for a Saturday midday reception for the exhibit of their show SubmergeD. There is also the added draw of the permanent installation of their impressive murals by emerging and graffiti artists.
When I drive up the road to Jamieson I feel like Maximus Decimus Meridius in the movie Gladiator returning to my villa in Spain. Only in this case it is a happy welcoming and the villa resembles more of a home you might expect to see in Wyoming or Montana. The winery has an airy great room for tasting with several casual sitting areas and one by a fireplace. Outside is a wonderful wrap around veranda with ample seating. All is set up for lingering over wine and enjoying their sweeping views.
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Along the south side of the building is their Fresh Coat exhibit. Fresh Coat is the name of their art installation of graffiti art by 13 artists from the SF Bay Area and beyond. Last summer artists were chosen to paint murals in their unique styles. There was a gala opening celebration to unveil the murals and raise funds for charities. The art is on permanent exhibit and will be periodically refreshed. There are cards in the tasting room for self guided tours with the artists names, mural location and very brief bios. At the bottom of the card is a link to the Fresh Coat pages on their website where more comprehensive information and photos may be found detailing this iniative.
On Wednesday through Sunday Jamieson has wine pairing with three seatings lead by wine educators. You may also opt for more casual pairing served on the veranda. On Friday and Saturday around noon one of their miniature horses (Molly or Whinnie) visits the tasting room outfitted to the tee down to the booties to protect both the hoofs and the wood floor. When the weather warms up they invite small groups to play music in the garden. You should check their Events calendar.
Wash your cares away, reduce your stress level in the sun and feel reborn and invigorated with a visual feast. Bring your children and immerse them in art.
Jamieson Ranch Winery
1 Kirkland Ranch Road
American Canyon, CA 94503
Tasting Room Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily
Tasting Room: Ext. 119