By Paul Goguen
Greg Hamilton fell in love with wine while working as a wine merchant in Scotland, while Lindsay Hamilton fell in love with wine and Greg at pretty much the same time while a student at University of California Santa Cruz.
Together the couple is now the driving force behind Hamilton Family Wines. They just opened a new tasting room on Highway 12 in Kenwood in the former Paradise Ridge space (shout-out to Annette McDonnell, who made magic there for many years with her herb and wine pairings).
The dark red exterior of the building has been painted white, with updated landscaping and comfortable seating for tastings.
The couple teamed up with winemaker Jess Wade to make an impressive selection of wines, including grenache; rosé of pinot noir; a traditional Rhône grenache, syrah, and mourvèdre (GSM) blend; sauvignon blanc; and pinot noir from Petaluma Gap and the Russian River, to name a few.
While Wade skillfully makes the wine, the Hamiltons still want to be in the room where it happens to influence the outcome of the finished product.
For a more immersive Hamilton experience, you can book an overnight stay at the Carriage House, located on their working vineyard. Private tastings and access to the bocce court are included, along with mountain views and winding vineyard walks to other tasting rooms, restaurants, and shops.
Hamilton Family Wines is located at 8860 Sonoma Highway in Kenwood. For more information visit www.hamilton.wine. They are offering a Friends and Family discount to locals through the end of May.
The newly re-landscaped back patio at Hamilton Family Wines. Photo by James McKale