The Grand Opening for the Siduri Wine Lounge is Labor Day weekend, and it’s a chance for pinot noir fanatics to check out the brand’s new digs just off the Healdsburg Plaza.

The lounge is located at 241 Healdsburg Ave., and it replaces the former Partake by KJ, which closed in March of 2015. It’s the first public tasting room for Siduri, which also offers appointment-only at its warehouse winery in Santa Rosa.

Tim Soberick, the tasting room associate, said the lounge pours wines from Oregon to Santa Barbara.

“We like to take you on a trip north to south and have you experience how the climate and soils affect the wine,” he said.

I tasted five pinot noirs from different regions, and all of them were top rate. My favorite was the Siduri, 2014 Parson’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at $50 a bottle.

There were pinots from Willamette Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Rita Hills. Dishes that pair with these pinots are crafted by Forestville’s Backyard, and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sliders are knockout.

Siduri is named for the Babylonian goddess of wine, and there are plenty of images of that goddess in the playful décor. The tasting room is in shades of blue, with hardwood floors and railings made from wine barrels.

The lounge is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and tastings range from $20 to $45.

This is the spot to take  serious pinot-lovers.


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