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PICCHETTI WINERY

 

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                                                                                                      Christopher Kelly      

                                                                                                           

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The first winery visit on my trip was to the Picchetti Winery tasting room in South Lake Tahoe, California. www.picchetti.com    I had visited their winery in Cupertino, California which is down the mountain from the famous Ridge Winery a few years back and enjoyed their wines then enough to try them again.  Christopher Kelly is the Director of the Tasting Room and was of course very knowledgeable about their wines and the beautiful Lake Tahoe area.  He explained that the Picchetti family owned a home in the area and thought that it would be a great place to open their winery’s second tasting room, especially since South Lake Tahoe did not have any.

   The tasting room consisted of a long tasting bar, gift shop and gardens.  A visitor has the option for a small fee of trying five different wines, free to wine club members.  We tried their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Super Tuscan, Port, a red blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon.  All the wines were good, especially the Tahoe Thunderbird (Vino di Vicino) which is an award winning wine and the Super Tuscan. Their website shows the current releases are an award winning 2007 Pinot Grigio; 2007 Chardonnay, Leslie’s Estate; 2008 Pinot Noir;  2006 Merlot,  Santa Clara County;  2005 Leslie’s Estate, Montibello Road;  2007 Sangiovese;  2006 Zinfandel, Bellicitti Vineyards;  2006 Zinfandel, Picchetti Ranch Estate;  2007 Teraldego;  2007 Red Pavone;  2007 Tahoe Red;  2007 Super Tuscan;  award winning 2005 Vino di Vicino, and a 2007 Port.  All their bottles have very unique designs.

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