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February 10, 2011

In the quaint country town of Los Olivos, you will find what was once known as “Heather Cottage”, an historic residence dating back to the early 1900’s and now home to the Daniel Gehrs tasting room. Once a doctor’s office and subsequently a residence and boutique gift shop, the house welcomes you as if you were a long lost relative come to visit.

The building retains its original floor-plan with the offices in what once were bedrooms, the retail wine displays in the former parlor and the gift shop in what was once the kitchen. Here you will find a splendid display of French Country and English cottage-themed items and numerous wine-related gifts and books. The whitewashed wood flooring adds a special touch as does the classic wooden bar and brass foot railing of the tasting bar.

Meander out back and enjoy your tasting at the outdoor wine bar under the shade of the trees in the garden. The setting is rustic and charming with wood and wrought iron tables and chairs and early spring flowers planted in pots, old bathtubs and wine barrels. You might also find yourself rubbing the tummy of one of the resident cats during its afternoon nap.

Your servers not only pour your wine but educate you in the process carefully explaining the history or origin of the wines you are sampling. Often you’ll find that your host is one of the owners, or Daniel Gehrs himself. While his highly regarded red wines are most popular, he also produces Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Gewurztraminer.

What better way to celebrate the Valentines Day weekend than to join in on our Wine Fantasy in February and stop in at Heather Cottage, find a place under the tree, sip a glass of wine and enjoy the following delectable fare:
  • Goat Cheese Log with Red Pepper Jelly & Crackers
  • Meatballs with Cranberries
  • Red Pepper Tapenade with Baguettes
  • Fresh Strawberries with Sour Cream and Brown Sugar
  • Dark Chocolates paired with Port


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