After spending a lazy mid-morning at Foppiano Vineyards, walking the self-guided vineyard tour and tasting Foppiano wine we headed down the road to J Vineyards. What an amazing contrast in wineries. Foppiano represents much of the past in wineries with its modest tasting room and winemaking facilities. J Vineyards on the other hand is far removed from the traditional, with a lush tasting room, state of the art winemaking equipment, beautiful grounds, and more expensive wines.
The tasting room is exquisite and so is the tasting experience. There is a choice of tasting menus and we chose the basic tasting of four wines for $10. The pace was very leisurely; we probably spent about 45 minutes tasting the four wines. Our server was very informative and not overbearing with his knowledge of the J wines. Everything is done in a classy style. With each pour of wine comes a new wine glass.
Too often in this type of environment the staff tries too hard and goes a bit over the top.
Not so here, it was a generally a fun and enjoyable experience. The wines were all very good, well balanced, and structured. The wines however because of their quality and style are priced well above the Foppiano Wines.