Wine of the Week: Stephen & Walker Patrona

by Kelli H. on July 13, 2012

Last month for my birthday my friend and I went to Healdsburg to do a wine tasting. We first had an amazing lunch at Wurst, which sells the most amazing sausages. I can’t recommend Wurst enough! Anyway, my friend suggested heading over to Stephen & Walker. I had never heard of their wine before, but I’m so glad she recommended it. We walked in and were the only ones in there. The man pouring our wines was very nice and funny. As soon as I tasted Patrona, I knew I’d be buying a bottle.

Stephen & Walker considers themselves a boutique winery. I’m not exactly sure what the definition of a boutique winery is, but it has to do with producing a small number of cases. I believe this Patrona only produced 300 cases. If you’re ever in Healdsburg, I recommend trying Stephen & Walker. We did a tasting of 10 different wines for $10, but we were able to share the tasting. When I bought the bottle, the $10 tasting was waived. Stephen & Walker’s wines were definitely some of the best wines I’ve tasted, but they do come with a price. This bottle of Patrona was $40 with tax, but I justified it as a birthday present to myself.

Patrona is a very easy drinking dessert wine. There is absolutely no bite to it at all. It goes down incredibly smooth. Some dessert wines are almost syrupy, but Patrona does not feel heavy at all, it’s very light. Patrona smells of fruit, and tastes mostly like pears. Patrona was very refreshing on a hot night served ice cold.

Stephen & Walker Winery
Muscat Canelli
Alexander Valley
10% alcohol

Overall Impression:
Super impressive dessert wine. Patrona would make a great gift for anyone. It’s a quality bottle of wine, and while I absolutely love this wine, there are many other bottles of wine for less than half the price I’d be just as happy drinking. Everyone deserves a special bottle of wine once in a while, and Patrona is definitely that bottle.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacie @ Snaps and Bits July 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I think I need to get on this wine of the week bandwagon, I love wine! And Healdsburg!!


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm

You definitely should!


Baking Serendipity July 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I love dessert wines. Definitely need to give this one a try!


Alysia @ Slim Sanity July 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I love it! Wine tasting is so fun!


David Wells July 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Wow, excellent write up and great pictures! I really enjoyed this wine as well. It’s nice to splurge and treat yourself once in a while!


Maren July 14, 2012 at 6:37 am

What a fun wine! I really like dessert wines. I’m still dying to try that white merlot I saw. Us white zin lovers need to stick together.


deboden July 15, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Sounds like fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you ever tasted wine at Reverie, Ledson or Deerfield? Ledson was $15 for 6 pours? Delicious wine and beautiful property. Our guide was actually the thing that made the trip for us though – his name is Mark if you ever happen to head that way.

Also, I nominated you for the Sunshine Award on my blog. I’m still kind of new to the blogging world and am figuring out how this all works but the award is supposed to go to bloggers that “positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” Of the blogs I follow, I’d say you fit that criteria. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Made in Sonoma July 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I’ve never tasted any of those wineries. I’m actually a pretty big newbie when it comes to wine tastings. I’ve only gone to probably…5 since turning 21. I need to change that. I’m actually going to Beringer on the 22nd! I can’t wait.

Thank you for the award, too! That’s so sweet!


Sonia the Mexigarian July 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Definetly do Ledson! Love their wines. I always end up getting a case when I go and there goes my bank account. If you go with a wine club member, tasting is free ๐Ÿ˜‰


Sophie Atkins December 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm

The wine tastes good! I do wonder if this wine is available at gordons wine bar london, If yes, I would love to visit the place.


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