With the Wine Road Barrel Tasting in full swing this weekend, you’re no doubt working up your itinerary. A word of advice: One not-to-be-missed winery is Ancient Oak Cellars right in downtown Santa Rosa. You recall, this is the bold and audacious winery that decided to plant its tasting room right in a retail store — Corrick’s Stationery & Gifts at 637 4th St.
No, the winery isn’t an official member of the Wine Road, although it’s trying to make that happen. For now it’s riding the wave of the barrel tasting festivities by offering barrel tasting at its downtown tasting room.
Perks: The winery offers a tasting experience away from the crowds and vintners will be pouring four barrel samples, three of which are entirely new – two Bordeaux-style wines and one rosé of pinot noir. For more information about Ancient Oak Cellars, check out www.ancientoakscellars.com.