You really start to get the feeling that you’re in Gold Country when you pull into Murphys. The downtown is quaint and charming and it would have simple for us to stop there for the rest of the day. We walked into Lavender Ridge‘s tasting room where the aroma of lavender is the first thing to hit you. Lavender Ridge is owned by Rich and Siri Gilpin and features stunning Rhône-style wines. We especially liked the Côtes du Calaveras Blanc and their Mourvèdre. Their tasting room also offers a nice selection of lavender products, olive oils and dark chocolates. We walked down the street to Newsome-Harlow and found their wines to be exquisite. Their tasting room is simple elegance and they pour a magnificent Sauvignon Blanc, several beautiful Zins and a few blends, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and a white dessert wine. The fact the several of these wines are sold out speaks volumes.
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