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Taste the Finest Wines in the World!

Sebastopol, United States

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Experience hosted by Ross

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

1. You'll be introduced to the site, Halleck Vineyard, and a bit about its history in Sonoma County. You will be introduced by the vintner to the land and the vines.
2. We will sit down and learn how to taste: why do we smell to begin? what does our tongue taste? what is the reason and benefit in pairing wine with food?
3. We will go through 7-8 wines, all from the neighborhood and explore how different they taste and the nuances of each. And we'll taste different pairings and how they each bring something to the experience.
4. We'll learn about wine in human history, 8000 years in the making.
5. We talk about building community through wine, how we convert wine into good for our world.
6. You'll meet interesting people and how much we share in common.
Other things to note
Come with curiosity and interest in wine, prepared to enjoy yourself.
1. You'll be introduced to the site, Halleck Vineyard, and a bit about its history in Sonoma County. You will be introduced by the vintner to the land and the vines.
2. We will sit down and learn how to taste: why do we smell to begin? what does our tongue taste? what is the reason and benefit in pairing wine with food?
3. We will go through 7-8 wines, all from the neighborhood and explore how different they taste and the nuances of eac…

Ross's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Wine and water
From £49
/ person
Fri, 22 Jan
11:00 - 13:00
£49 per person
£49 per person
Sat, 23 Jan
11:00 - 13:00
£49 per person
£49 per person
Sun, 24 Jan
11:00 - 13:00
£49 per person
£49 per person

Meet your host, Ross

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 26 Reviews
  • Identity verified
We have have lived in the Sebastopol Hills for almost 30 years, planting the very first Pinot Noir vineyard in western Sebastopol; the region is now considered one of the finest growing regions in the world. A book on our table cites us as pioneers of the area. I'm a traveller and educator. I guest lecture in the MBA program at Sonoma State University and speak at national conferences. I spent years in Kenya teaching as a young man. Jennifer and I are warm, passionate and enliven to the enjoyment of our guests.

Halleck Vineyard earned #1 Pinot Noir in the US our first vintage. In 2019, we were judged #1 Pinot Noir in North America in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the oldest and most respected in the country. Our Dry Gewurztraminer was judged Best White in the California State Fair, receiving 99 Points.
We have have lived in the Sebastopol Hills for almost 30 years, planting the very first Pinot Noir vineyard in western Sebastopol; the region is now considered one of the finest growing regions in the world. A book on our table cites us as pioneers of the area. I'm a traveller and educator. I guest lecture in the MBA program at Sonoma State University and speak at national conferences. I spent years in Kenya teaching as a young man. Jennifer and I are warm, passionate and enliven to the enjoymen…
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Where you'll be

This is a private home, private vineyard, and exclusive experience for all who come. Halleck Vineyard is the only tasting experience of its kind.

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 26 reviews.

Marcos
February 2020
Ross is hands down the best winemaker guide in all of Sonoma and Napa County. If you are looking to have a great time and immerse yourself in wine tasting, this is an experience you will never forget. The entire experience takes place at Ross’ house and vineyard and it can be summed up in one word:  beautiful! Ross has extensive knowledge of wine and teaches you how to taste with all your senses. His wines are the best in the US and even the World as he has won acclaimed awards! Each wine has a great story behind it and at the end of the day Ross is very humble, giving and a great human being. I would take this experience 100 times and will share it with everyone that I meet! If you are new to wine or have a great pallette make sure to take this experience - you won’t be sorry! 
Ross is hands down the best winemaker guide in all of Sonoma and Napa County. If you are looking to have a great time and immerse yourself in wine tasting, this is an experience yo…
Jeremiah
December 2019
Here was a very knowledgeable explanation of each of the wines tasted and even some history about them. I felt that the whole experience was a joy.
Lynn
June 2019
I would highly recommend. We found it to be very enjoyable and insightful. The setting of his home was relaxing and comfortable making the overall experience wonderful.
Zhanetta
April 2019
I had an amazing wine tasting experience at Helleck Winery with Ross. I was traveling alone and he was able to accommodate me with other wine club members. He created a very warm atmosphere. The location is stunning and the wine divine. The food parings are very thought out and yummy. Ended up joining the wine club and can’t wait to come back! Highly recommend this to anyone in the area.
I had an amazing wine tasting experience at Helleck Winery with Ross. I was traveling alone and he was able to accommodate me with other wine club members. He created a very warm…
Michelle
March 2019
Ross did an exceptional job walking the group through the variety of pairings! This was my partner and I's first wine tasting and I have to say, the standards are really high. The view was phenomenal and we were so thankful to be a part of this experience! Thank you Ross! Looking forward to another one soon!
Ross did an exceptional job walking the group through the variety of pairings! This was my partner and I's first wine tasting and I have to say, the standards are really high. The…
Srikalyani
January 2019
Our wine tasting experience with Ross was amazing! The setup (in his beautiful home) overlooking a great view was beautiful to start with. We learnt so much about wine and got to taste some of the finest wines. It was a beautifully spent afternoon!
Our wine tasting experience with Ross was amazing! The setup (in his beautiful home) overlooking a great view was beautiful to start with. We learnt so much about wine and got to t…

Choose from available dates

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  • Fri, 22 Jan
    11:00 - 13:00
    £49 per person
  • Sat, 23 Jan
    11:00 - 13:00
    £49 per person
  • Sun, 24 Jan
    11:00 - 13:00
    £49 per person
  • Thu, 28 Jan
    11:00 - 13:00
    £49 per person
  • Fri, 29 Jan
    11:00 - 13:00
    £49 per person
  • Sat, 30 Jan
    11:00 - 13:00
    £49 per person
  • Sun, 31 Jan
    11:00 - 13:00
    Join 2 other guests
    £49 per person
  • Thu, 4 Feb
    11:00 - 13:00
    £49 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Sweater in case it gets chilly