POSTED ON July 28, 2009 | IN Russian River Wine Country - Sonoma Cty., Wine Information | BY Joe Becerra

We are renting the Santarini House on Limerick Lane very near the town of Healdsburg. Limerick Lane is a small country road that is only about two miles in distance. Meitz, Christie, Christopher Creek, and Limerick Lane wineries are located on this beautiful vineyard-lined country road. Limerick Lane runs into Old Redwood Highway and on this road are located the wineries of Foppiano, Acorn, Rodney Strong, and J Vineyards, all within 2 miles of one another.

This area of wine country is at the northern end of the Russian River Valley AVA. It is a little warmer at this end of the AVA so you find less Pinot Noir growing here than you will find farther south. Pinot Noir is the grape that has made the Russian River Valley a notable AVA. On Limerick Lane there are mostly Zinfandel vineyards but you’ll find some Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah.

Morning Fog on Limerick Lane

Morning Fog on Limerick Lane

Typical of most mornings, we woke up to a very cold and thick fog bank. As I write this post at 10:30 am, the fog is just beginning to clear and the rest of the day will be nice and warm. In the evening around 6pm or so, the winds begin to blow across the valley from the Pacific Ocean and temperatures drop. The climate here is paradise for wine growers.

Since our last trip here a year ago, there are two new wineries nearby. One has just opened, Merriam Vineyards, and the other is still under construction almost directly across the street from our house. I will investigate and find out the name and plans for this winery.

Meantime, if you would like to explore this wine trail, I have posted what I consider the best mix of wineries to visit in the area. I call it the Old Redwood Highway Wine Trail.