The Rio Seco Tasting Room and Vineyards
The Rio Seco tasting room is surrounded by vineyards. As you head east on Union Road from North River Road, you will enjoy a beautiful drive through wine country. Just before you get to Penman Springs Road you will find Rio Seco's entrance road. The tasting room is at the end of that road. This is where I parked.
|The Rio Seco Tasting Room|
Below is the overview from the entrance road. On the way, you pass some of the vineyards. I love the big oak, but you knew I would, didn't you.
It was a cloudy day, and I arrived about 4:35, just as the sun was about to set. The sky views were spectacular. I felt I was at the bottom of a big bowl of clouds.
|A View of the Rio Seco Vineyard and Oak Near Tasting Room|
Unfortunately, it's impossible for me to capture such a panoramic sky view in a blog post. I felt a bit like this lone oak under the sky.
|A Lone Oak High in the Vineyard|
The closer it got to sundown, the more interesting the sky became. This view was facing west, and it looks back at Union Road, the way we came.
|A View from the Rio Seco Vineyard. Union Road is heading west back to town.|
The Winery Cats I Met
Most of the wineries I visit have working pets. Some have dogs, some have cats, and some have both. As I approached the tasting room, Midnight greeted me. Actually, the photo is deceiving. He really was friendly. He was meowing a greeting and let me pet him. He reminds me of the feline P.I. Midnight Louie in the mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas that bear his name. I love those books.
|Midnight, the Rio Seco Feline Greeter.|
This is the other tomcat I met while he was dining. From his size I imagine he dines often.
|Winery Cat Enjoying Dinner|
A Restful End to a Busy Day
I normally rest on Sunday, but due to circumstances beyond my control, I spent a good part of the day working hard physically. After a late lunch and some rest, I was determined to get back into Union Road wine country this afternoon, even if it was late. I like the cloudy days because they work magic on the sky.
I would encourage you to make the drive yourself if you haven't done it yet. There are wineries all along the way if you enjoy wine tasting. It's only a short way farther to get to Steinbeck Winery from Rio Seco. We visited Steinbeck twice this week. They have rearranged their tasting room historical exhibits a bit since our first visit. See it as we saw it in March 2015.