We had purchased 2 cases of 2011 and 2012 Al King Zinfandel and we’re planning a trip up north. So we rented our favorite campervan and headed up to Al & Penny’s to pick up the wine, visit with them, and see the new cave Al just built. It was the first stop on our winter camping trip.
Glamping at Al and Penny’s
While we were planning on some serious back to nature camping, sleeping in the van in Al land Penny’s driveway with the girls tucked in their own cozy bed in their house and getting fed a delicious dinner and breakfast was hardly roughing it.
We arrived just as the sun was setting and had a walk on the property. The fires last year took out several fields of vines, which was devastating. But Al and crew had replanted. And the fields were on their way again. Vineyards were on most of the hilltops we could see, with the mountains further in the backdrop. It is truly a beautiful spot in the world.
The new wine cave
From the vineyards, we walked down to the new cave that Al built. It is amazing – huge and well constructed. It really shows the scale of Al and Penny’s winemaking efforts and Al’s building skill. They do the crush at this facility now – which involves using a very small machine that is hand cranked to produce small batches. Many small batches. It is old fashioned which means the wines are truly hand crafted.
Plan a visit to Al King Wines
I would encourage any of you who are in the neighborhood or looking for a weekend trip to stop by and visit. They are amazing hosts and will pour you some of their best. It is a special inside glimpse into the farming and winemaking efforts of some of the hardworking, very capable, big dreamers of northern California.