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How to Really Enjoy La Nebbia Winery

September 18, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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Northern California is known as wine country throughout the world. While Half Moon Bay isn’t in Napa Valley, there are many winemakers producing exceptional wines with grapes from the famed valley to the north and other regions in the area. Being such a culinary-centered town, every Half Moon Bay winery is a great addition to the food and beverage scene here, and make for great things to see while visiting.

La Nebbia Winery, located in the hills above Half Moon Bay, is a no exception in the quality of wine they produce, and the pleasant experience they offer. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional glass with dinner, you’ll love exploring this small establishment and their great knowledge about the age-old craft of making wines.

The History of La Nebbia Winery

La Nebbia Winery production dates back to 1934 when John Gemello brought his winemaking expertise of Italy to the Santa Clara Valley in California and produced fine red wines with locally grown grapes. In the 70s that same winery was relocated to Half Moon Bay and renamed Obester Winery. The Gamello label was expanded to produce Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and sparkling wines. As the millennium turned over, so did the winemaking at this winery. Kendyl Kellogg returned to Gemello’s roots, renaming the winery once again to its current name, La Nebbia Winery, and producing those full bodied reds inspired by the motherland.

La Nebbia Wines

La Nebbia’s tasting room is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. A classic five-wine flight is a mere ten dollars and comes with light snacks, as well as the complementary glass to take home. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful outdoor area with bocce ball. If you would like to tour the winery you can do so by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead. Here are some of the wines you can taste and buy when you visit La Nebbia Winery

White Wines

  • 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma County
  • California Sparkling Wine
  • 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast
  • 2012 Riesling, Santa Ynez Valley

Red Wines

  • 2010 Merlot, Paso Robles
  • 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2011 Pinot Noir, California
  • 2012 Zinfandel, Lodi

Dessert Wines & Ports

  • 2013 Orange Muscat
  • 2013 Black Muscat

Barrel to Bottle at La Nebbia Winery

Keeping to this winery’s tradition of engaging the local community as they make their delicious wines, La Nebbia Winery offers Barrel to Bottle Days throughout the year. People are welcome to come with their empty jugs and bottles and fill them up with premium wines at an economical price. There are still 3 days left to enjoy this great treat this year, so try to catch them on November 7th for white wine, or November 14th and December 5th for red wine. Enjoy a tasting while you’re there!

La Nebbia Winery is a stable foodie establishment in Half Moon Bay and is sure to round out your eating and drinking experience nicely while you are in the area. Aside from their delicious wines, they are also located on a beautiful property that is a treat to enjoy when you visit.

For more ideas of things to do while here, download this free Half Moon Bay Vacation Guide!

Our Half Moon Bay Winery Preferences

March 26, 2015 by Mill Rose Inn

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Thomas Fogarty Winery
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Northern California is known as wine country throughout the world. While Half Moon Bay isn’t in Napa Valley, there are many winemakers producing exceptional wines with grapes from the famed valley to the north. Being such a culinary centered town, every Half Moon Bay winery is a great addition to the food and beverage scene in the area, and make for great things to see while visiting the area. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just enjoy the occasional glass with dinner, you’ll enjoy exploring these small establishments and their great knowledge about the age old craft of making wines.

Here is a Half Moon Bay winery list that you should visit on your stay here at the Mill Rose Inn:

  1.  La Nebbia Winery
    Located in the hills of Half Moon Bay, the La Nebbia tasting room is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. A classic five wine flight is a mere ten dollars and comes with light snacks, as well as the complementary glass to take home. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful outdoor area with bocce ball. If you would like to tour the winery you can do so by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead. La Nebbia has great events throughout the year, including Barrell to Bottle days when you can bring your own bottles and get them filled.
  2. Tojak – Knier Winery
    Started by two lifelong friends and wine lovers as a home wine making project, this winery has grown over the years to produce 350 cases annually. Located in a coastal warehouse, this Half Moon Bay winery is open for tastings every day from noon to 4:30 PM. While starting with Zinfandel and Cabernet, they now have numerous award-winning wines.
  3. Barterra Wines
    Started by an Italian immigrant who came to California to make a better life for himself, founder Bartholomew Colucci developed a number of award-winning wines that are only for purchase at this charming Half Moon Bay winery. Located right downtown, this is a great place to walk to from the Mill Rose Inn where you can enjoy wine tasting Thursday through Monday from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM. If you like what you taste, your visit will be your only chance to purchase a bottle or case to take home with you.
  4. Thomas Fogarty Winery
    Located on the famous Skyline Ridge, this Half Moon Bay winery is both a beautiful place to visit and a chance to taste some of the area’s most unique and delectable wines. Having been the first people to plant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Santa Cruz Mountains, founders Thomas Fogarty and Michael Martella are true pioneers in winemaking. Stop by their winery to taste on Mondays from noon to 4 PM and every other day from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Any Half Moon Bay winery is a great choice for an afternoon of enjoying the beautiful weather and views of the area. If you have limited experience in wine tasting, don’t be intimidated, these hospitable establishments will teach you the ins and outs of a new travel pastime.