At around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday we pulled into Cordiano's driveway and were lucky to find a place to park. It’s been a while since we've stopped by, but Jerry, smiling from ear to ear, welcomed us as always. The patio tables were packed with small groups or couples who’d made this their evening destination for good wine and pizza with built-in conviviality and an amazing sunset. There’s a whole new structure at the winery: a barrel room topped with a wedding/party platform. We settled at the bar to taste the current lineup with Jerry's wine-savvy friend Tony, a born conversationalist who helps out when things get busy. The 2010 white Grenache was a pleasant surprise – refreshing and dry. Moving on to the reds - all of which are big and almost demand to be consumed with Italian food - we quite liked the 2007 Cabernet Franc but on second tasting shifted toward the 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as our favorite, for now.
Cordiano's patio is open Wednesday-Sunday 11:00-dusk. 760.480.6673