With a new cellar door comes a new approach to how Crittenden Estate conduct their wine tasting. It is much more formal and we begin our tasting with a warm greeting and escorted to one of the many tables and offered a glass of their very lovely Geppetto NV Brut. Our wine waiter explains how we can choose from the selection of five themed flights, each consisting of five wines. You may wish to try the premium range as I did or the Italian or Spanish range for example.
Our host was fantastic, the service extremely professional, the new tasting room was beautiful and the wine tasting experience that Crittenden Estate was hoping achieve hit the mark……But I do have a couple of issues.
The wine list has always been expansive and this was always a great place to explore the many wines of Crittenden and choose your own journey with the help of a good cellar door assistant, instead of it now being limited to flights of wines.
It was pricey. $10 or $15 for the premium range refundable against any two bottles purchased. For this price I would want a little cheese and crackers or at the very least some grissini. I understand why they have made the change and I don’t mind the formal approach or even paying for a tasting, but at the moment it needs some fine tuning with regards to what you get and for how much.
Afterwards we dined at the classy restaurant with pretty views of willow trees surrounding the lake and had a wonderful meal. There are tables outside and we were impressed on all visits of how welcoming Stillwater has been to families and especially little ones. A great way to spend the afternoon!
|Day of Week||Cellar Door||Restaurant|
|Monday||11am – 4pm||Lunch|
|Tuesday||11am – 4pm||Lunch|
|Wednesday||11am – 4pm||Lunch|
|Thursday||11am – 4pm||Lunch|
|Friday||11am – 4pm||Lunch & dinner|
|Saturday||11am – 4pm||Lunch & dinner|
|Sunday||11am – 4pm||Lunch|
Additional Info: Restaurant Nov – March lunch daily, dinner Fri – Sat April – Oct lunch Wed – Sun, dinner Fri – Sat
Features: Produce store