A Visit to Mayo Family Wines

Founded in 1990 by Henry and Diane Mayo and their son Jeffry, Mayo Family Wines specialises in small batch single vineyard wines sourced from the best local vineyards. They cultivate a number of different varietals including Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir. Mayo produces around 5,000 cases of wine per year. 

You can sample Mayo’s wines either at their Main Tasting Room in Glen Ellen or their Winery Reserve Room in Kenwood. At the Main Tasting Room, you can try wines at their indoor tasting bar or relax at their outdoor picnic tables. The Reserve Room offers an elevated wine and food pairing comprised of seven seasonal courses expertly paired with their current wine offerings. Both tasting rooms are currently open for wine tasting and dining abiding by state guidelines for social distancing and reducing the spread of Coronavirus. 

To make reservations, call the Main Tasting Room at (707) 938-9401 and the Reserve Room at (707) 833-5504 or make your reservation on Open Table.

Mayo Wines

We were lucky to secure a wine tasting at Mayo’s Main Tasting Room in late May 2020 just after Sonoma County allowed wineries to reopen. The wine tasting was $15 per person. 

Here’s what is being offered on Mayo’s Summer 2020 tasting menu:

  1. 2014 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling, Laurel Hill Vineyard Sonoma Valley – $40. Made from 100% Chardonnay in the traditional Methode Champenoise. Deliciously refreshing, citrus notes and bright acidity balanced with subtle yeasty aromas. 
  2. 2018 Chardonnay, Laurel Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Valley, “Unwooded” – $30. Aged in stainless steel for a bright, citrusy rendering of the classic varietal. Notes of peach and grapefruit with a subtle minerality. 
  3. 2017 Pinot Meunier, Hollister Hill Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, “Heather’s Cuvee” – $45. Unusual wine variety most commonly blended into Champagnes, similar to Pinot Noir. Juicy raspberry and earthy vegetal notes. Crowd favorite of the red wines. 
  4. 2016 Zinfandel, Laurel Hill Estate, Russian River Valley, “24th Anniversary”– $35. Fruity and dry with low tannins. Jammy berry notes with a slightly smoky finish. 
  5. 2014 Petite Sirah, Sodini Vineyard, Russian River, “Rob’s Cuvee” – $35. Big and bold with lots of tannins and a long tangy finish. Hints of bacon, pepper and spice. 
  6. 2015 Meritage, Red Blend, Sonoma Valley, “Carlo’s Cuvee” – $40. Classic Bordeaux blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc and 13% Malbec. Another bold red with notes of olive and blackberry. 
  7. 2017 Zinfandel Port, Ricci Vineyard – $37.50. Zinfandel fortified with an 8-year-old brandy. A very sweet, classically fruity dessert wine. 

We had an overall great visit to Mayo Family Winery. The wine tasting was good value with large pours and our server was very attentive and informative. The staff at Mayo were polite in informing us of the modified rules due to the Coronavirus pandemic and followed their guidelines to a tee. 

Final Tips

You can join Mayo’s Cellar Club, where a selection of their wines is shipped straight to your door twice yearly. Membership also includes complementary tastings and access to limited availability wines and special winery events. 

If you can’t make it to the tasting room, Mayo’s wines are available for purchase from their website

If you’re looking for more wine tasting to do in Kenwood or Glen Ellen, check out Larson Family Winery, VJB Vineyards & Cellars and Fathia Wines. 

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