Edwards Vineyard and Cellars has been growing Syrah, Petit Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes since 2000. Their lovely tasting patio has been open on weekends since March 2011. The place is classy but unpretentions with smooth-rimmed glasses, freshly baked rolls from a local bakery, and a view of the valley. From Beth Edwards we learned not only about the delicious, full-bodied wines we were sipping, but also something of the local winemakers’ steadfast efforts to literally put themselves on the map, and to be able to pour and sell from their tasting rooms. The thread that binds this rather long story is cooperation. These folks recognized their common interests and stuck together. Now they promote each other; there's an amiable sense of inclusion that’s not lost on visitors. Leaving with a bottle of 2004 Syrah, we felt like we’d made a friend.
The Edwards tasting patio is open weekends 11:00-5:00, with additional hours by appointment. 760.788.6800