By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
On the way to Fort Bragg, eight miles from the Mendocino coast and Little River, near the famous Redwood Forest, beaches and the most unique luxury inns, you will find the laid-back, rustic Lula Cellars.
Lula Cellars Winemaker/co-owner Jeff Hansen creates his unique wines along the forest road. Jeff explained, “We produce five different wines but only sell them here at our tasting room on our vineyard property or ship them direct to the public. Lula Cellars is one of the few wineries to specialize in Pinot Noir, the red grape from Burgundy, France.
My wines are different from the others because when you get my wines you get me too. My knowledge of 30 years of winemaking in northern California, as a winemaker, grape grower and as one of owners.
It is interesting, to me hope springs eternal every year and I get a chance to make a new wine on the blending trials.
Blends are more striking, different from the original. I take familiar wine and really bring up the taste. I can pinpoint how the wine will taste. It’s just like cooking that special meal, you have your own secret seasoning and whatever else, we kinder’ have that too with wine. These are different types of grapes that we blend together.
Our wines go with everything, they are very velvety, almost seamless from flavor to flavor to flavor. Pinot Noir is a very soft tasting grape, more feminine, gentle and velvety. It works out very well because Pinot Noir goes with more foods than Cabernet Sauvignon and we can use in more recipes. We have 10-12 recipes on our website.
Lula Cellars hired a chef to pair our wines with the 10-12 recipes on the website and develop recipes. The criteria I told the chef, ‘I don’t want these to be ingredients that I cannot find because they are only available one week a year. They should be very simple recipes, not requiring any special utensils. Recipes that all of us cooks, not chefs, can make.” Lula Cellars, (707)-895.3737, email@example.com www.lulacellars.com
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