By Courtney Cochran
You long for an excuse to visit Alexander Valley's ridiculously cute Jimtown Store, but it's tough to justify the trip given the dearth of things to do nearby. Until now, that is.
The newly opened Hawkes Winery & Tasting Room just next door to the Jimtown Store serves up small-lot Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in a smartly designed tasting room boasting sweeping views of the Alexander Valley.
Sidle up to the polished oak bar and savor a glass of the winery's signature Cabernet while you take in the impressive view, then while away some time checking out the Hawkes family's collection of rare and antique teapots from around the world. Those inclined to dine can enjoy the perspective from the porch, where gourmet goods purchased from Jimtown make a perfect alfresco lunch.
And so, between the view, the vittles and the vino, you've got not one, but three excuses to go. What are you still waiting for?
Hawkes Winery & Tasting Room * 6738 Hwy 128 * Healdsburg, CA 95448 * (707) 433-HAWK * hawkeswine.com * open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm * $5 tasting fee