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The Wine Road provides the Wine, When and Where of Northern Sonoma to locals and visitors with tips and news on events, wineries, restaurants, outdoor activities, and places to stay.

Hosts Marcy Gordon and Beth Costa share their insider stories about the places to check out when you're exploring along the Wine Road.

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Oct 21, 2022

Wine Road Podcast Episode 161

Sponsored by Ron Rubin Winery


Episode 161 | Jenna McDaniel, Hospitality Manager & Tasting Room Princess at Pech Merle Winery, in Geyserville.

Jenna McDaniel delights us with her story of how she found her way to working in the industry, her awesome marriage proposal that involved her favorite wine and a life changing pizza, all while we enjoy a bottle of the Pech Merle Sparkling Brut Rose of Syrah. Our Fast Five recipe is Baked Ricotta with Honey Appetizer from Liz Pembroke of Pembroke Design Studios in Healdsburg.

Wine of the Day: Peche Merle Brut Rose of Syrah
Fast Five Recipe: Baked Ricotta with Honey Appetizer From Liz Pembroke of Pembroke Design Studios
Podcast Sponsor: Ron Rubin Winery


1:08 Jenna –Princess of the Tasting Room wears all the hats at Peche Merle, which means cave under the hill in ancient French!

1:31 Wine of the Day Pech Merle Brut Rose of Syrah their first ever sparkling. Awesome label on the outside and great wine on the inside! Sparkling for everyday.

5:28 Tasting room in smack dab in the middle of downtown Geyserville. Open everyday 11-6pm. Diavola pizza will deliver food to you in the tasting room—Perfect!

8:00 Jenna grew up in Geyserville and around the wine industry, wine was part of the lifestyle. Now she is back to her roots working at Pech Merle and can walk to work!

11:35 Tasting room experience- no reservations required but recommended. They offer a Classic Tasting and Reserve Tasting with 5 wines each to choose from. And you can add on food from Diavola.

14:20 Jenna’s most memorable wine experience was a marriage proposal with a bottle of Linea Cabernet blend under a 300 year-old oak tree on the Pech Merle property – she said Yes—but the Dictator pizza (Marinated Short Rib, Garlic, Mozzarella, Scallions, Serrano Chiles, Kimchi, Kewpie Mayo & Shichimi !!! )from Diavola sealed the deal! Jenna recommends you always propose with a pizza!

16:41 Owner of Pech Merle, Bruce, is an engineer who builds wine caves and the plan is to put a cave on the Pech Merle property at Dry Creek Road.

18:35 Fast Five Recipe –Baked Ricotta with Honey Appetizer From Liz Pembroke of Pembroke Design Studios

Ingredients: Fresh Ricotta, olive oil, Meyer lemon peel, honey and sea salt.

Directions: Grease a muffin tin with olive oil and fill it with the ricotta. Bake at 375 for 15-17 minutes. Let it cool slightly, then slip on to a parchment line baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and top with the lemon peel. Put back in oven for another 10 minutes and then drizzle it with honey. Pair with Lambert Bridge Blanc de Blanc Sparkling.

20:55 Plan your visit to Pech Merle. You can call or email the tasting room for an appointment or make a reservation on Tock reservation service.

21:30 Wine & Food Affair is November 5 & 6 tickets still on sale, but sale ends on October 31st.

21:48 Shout Out to Ron Rubin for their continued support! We encourage you to order some wine from Ron Rubin Winery and enjoy it while you listen to the podcast!


Pech Merle Winery

Diavola Pizza

Ron Rubin Winery

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