Open daily by appointment
Located in the verdant, rolling hills of rural Sebastopol, just off Highway 116 south, Moondance.Cellars is an experience not to be missed. The wines are excellent and fairly priced, the people, dog and horses are friendly and welcoming and there’s not an ounce of pretension to be found anywhere on the property. You will come a visitor and leave as a friend. I certainly did.
The whole atmosphere at Moondance Cellars is one of warm, unpretentious fun. Owners, David and Priscilla Cohen invite visitors to “share in our love of life,” and when you visit, you certainly will. Mike, a feisty little terrier pup and Greeter Extraordinaire will welcome you with all four open arms, as will the three horses (two quarter horses and one adorable and talkative mini-horse).
The winery/tasting room, once a pig barn, now well cleaned, is the most friendly and rustic tasting room I've ever stepped foot in and I’ve stepped foot in more than a few in my long, wine-drenched career. There are cases of wine stacked along the walls, the bar is two wine barrels, topped with a thick plank of wood and the whole room has a crazy tilt to it. I loved it. I loved the wines, too.
Moondance Cellars has a sister brand called Orchard Station (mostly white wines) and the wines are equally stylish and tasty. Both brands are available for tasting and purchase in the tasting room and on the website. Every wine I tasted was excellent, but I only have room to write about a couple, so I’ll write about my favorites:
• 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley ($32): This tasty, super aromatic wine is almost too easy to drink! Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, freshly cut grass and savory green herbs abound, all wrapped up in a zippy, fresh mouthfeel. Long, juicy finish.
• 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($48): Mouthwatering aromas of cherry, vanilla, rose petals and spice lead into a silky, sexy mouthful of consistent flavors, which linger through the long, delicious finish. Mmmm.
Bring a picnic and buy a bottle to enjoy with it. Stroll the property, listen to the bullfrogs sing and pet some horsey noses.
• Orchard Station Winery is Moondance Cellars' sister winery featuring small-lot, highly acclaimed white wines.
• Family friendly—bring the friendly pup for a romp in the fenced dog yard.
• Don’t forget to check out the ’65 blown candy-brandywine Corvette (twice featured in Hot Rod Magazine) and the newest 500 horsepower to the stable, the ’66 Nova
Sauvignon Blanc, Un-oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cuvée, Zinfandel & Cabernet Sauvignon