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Freemark Abbey

Our last stop for the day was at an old favorite, Freemark Abbey. Their tasting room happens to be within walking distance of the Wine Country Inn so it was an easy choice. Freemark has a long history in the valley beginning back in 1886 when Josephine Marlin Tychson became the first woman to build and operate a winery in California. The site where Tychson Cellars once stood is now Freemark Abbey. The winery has changed hands many times over the years and is presently owned by Kendall Jackson Estates. Their tasting room recently went through an extensive renovation complete with a fireplace, 25-foot bar and private estate tasting room that can accommodate 12 people. Most of the Freemark wines are distributed, and the complete line includes selections of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Viognier , summer whites, desert wines, and Library Wines. Also included is a blend called Josephine named after the original owner, a varietal composition of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 13% Malbec, and 5% Cabernet Franc. With our day of tasting over we finished by shipping home a selection of wine not distributed in our area, and headed back to the Inn for the afternoon tasting and appetizer hour.

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