Weekend before last we had the pleasure of attending the Hamel Family Wines opening party. Hamel is set atop a hill in California’s Sonoma Valley, overlooking the vineyards below. The Hamel family owns a 7,500-square-foot winery atop 30 acres of vineyards. Having lived in the Bay Area for much of my life I’ve been to many vineyards but Hamel is one of the most stunning.


A Party with a View

The camp-themed party was complete with the staff dressed in Boy Scout uniforms. Guests were treated to delicious food from some of San Francisco’s leading chefs, and each of the varieties of wine being offered was available at its own tasting station.

Hamel produces a Rose, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Zinfandel and a Cabernet, and all were special.  The Zinfandel is delicate and not jammy, while the barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of citrus, lemon brioche and green apple. The Cabernet Sauvignon, which was served as tasting circuit’s final wine, is truly superb with hints of mocha and vanilla. All wines are vegan.


If You Plan to Go

Hamel Family Wines

15401 Sonoma Highway

Sonoma, CA 95476


Tel: (707) 996-5800

Web: www.hamelfamilywines.com


A view of the vineyards.
A view of the vineyards.
 From the Camp Hamel Field Guide
From the "Camp Hamel" Field Guide at the Hamel Family Wines opening on May 17.
 Cross valley view of the winery construction
A cross-valley view of the winery construction at Hamel Family Ranch nestled into the foothills of the Mayacamas.