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Valentines at the Lasseter Family Winery

Keeping the romance thriving in a relationship isn’t always easy. We fall into routines, have to get the children to stay in bed, and collapse after work. When Valentine’s Day comes around, it can be a good excuse to spoil your loved one.

The view from the front of the Lasseter Winery

The view from the front of the Lasseter Winery

In 2016, the Lasseter Family Winery had a Valentine’s Day dinner for Wine Club members. With four children, my husband and I often don’t get out to events, much less anything that’s a three-hour drive away. But a friend offered to babysit and we took advantage of the opportunity.

The landscaping attracted a ton of bees and butterflies

The landscaping attracts bees and butterflies

Full disclosure: Many years ago, when I was a college student, I was the Lasseter’s nanny for a year and a half. At the time they lived in a tiny cottage in Redwood City and had three children. Their playful, loving home made a big impact on my boyfriend (now husband) and me and has shaped how we parent our own children. It was while I was employed there that John and his fellow Pixar founders signed a deal to produce three movies for Disney. The first one was Toy Story. Up to that point, Pixar wasn’t well known outside the animation and advertising industries.

The countryside we passed driving to the winery was very relaxing

The serene countryside we drove through on the way to the winery helped us relax

The landscape surrounding the winery was refreshing and soothing. Oaks dotted the flaxen hills and cows munched contentedly in the distance. We drove the winding roads, passing roadside markets and art studios.

The front of the winery

The front of the winery

Lasseter isn’t on “winery row” with lots of other places. It’s tucked down a rural road, surrounded by rolling hills, like a wonderful secret.

The logo was designed by John Lasseter

The logo was designed by John Lasseter

Unlike many wineries that seem to be mimicking the Tuscan look, the Lasseter place feels more like a cool modern farmhouse, a blend of rustic and elegant. The front yard is landscaped in a Napa Valley-style, with dry grasses, a wandering stream, and small trees.

A creek rambled through the front landscaping

A creek rambles through the front landscaping

It was charming to saunter around just as dusk was falling. Frogs were croaking, birds were twittering their last songs of the day, and the symphony of crickets began to hum.

Table crafted of barrel staves waited outside the front door, ready for wine tasting

Tables crafted of barrel staves waited outside the front door, ready for wine tasting

Large oak trees surround the main building

Large oaks surround the main building

Inside, friendly faces, raised wine glasses, and warm lighting greeted us. We wandered around, exploring both inside and out.

In one of the tasting rooms

In one of the tasting rooms

Just out the side door was a bright metal silo, the kind used on farms for grain. A door cut into it led us to a cozy seating area, custom built to the rounded shape of the silo.

The grain silo upcycled into a cool hang out spot

The grain silo upcycled into a cool hang-out spot

Inside the silo

Inside the silo

Looking out from inside the silo

Looking out from inside the silo

After mingling for a bit and meeting some new people, we were ushered down the stairs into the barrel room. The space was fascinating. Huge barrels lined the walls on racks. A single long table ran down the center of the room, lavishly decorated to set a romantic mood.

The barrel room, transformed for Valentines Day

The barrel room, reinvented for Valentine’s Day

The staff had worked hard to transform the barrel room for dinner. It was an amazing setting. The lighting was soft and the whole room took on an elegant, romantic air.

The huge room felt intimate and comfortable

The huge room felt intimate and comfortable

Needless to say the food and wine were delicious. It was great to meet a wide variety of people, including animators from Disney, a non-profit director, several artists and two bankers. John Lasseter and his wife Nancy were there to greet and talk with everyone, which was fun.

The place settings

The place settings

 

The food was spectacular

The food was spectacular

Although wine was poured liberally and was delicious, knowing we had a long drive ahead of us, we just tasted a bit and bought several bottles to take home. After enjoying the gourmet dinner and mouthwatering chocolate dessert, we said our goodbyes and ducked out early for the three-plus hour drive back to the foothills.

Inside the barrel room

Inside the barrel room

My husband and I had a wonderful, child-free, time and it was fun to explore a modern winery. Combined with a delectable meal, good company, and excellent wine, it was the perfect evening.

Inside the barrel room at the winery, ready for dinner

Inside the barrel room at the winery, ready for dinner

I highly recommend the Lasseter Wine Club. Events like these are often offered to Wine Club members and occasionally to the general public. In addition, curated bottles of wine are delivered every month to your doorstep!

Professionally edited by Molly Fisk.

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3 comments

  1. paula says:

    Oh, Heidi, what a cool experience … thank you for sharing it! I feel as if I got to enjoy it myself, and didn’t even have to do the 3-hour drive 😉 … though I’m sure that was also beautiful.

  2. Hilary Hodge says:

    Love this!

  3. BobbuBrowne says:

    Hello! Cool post, amazing!!!

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