Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Deerfield Ranch Winery began with a gift of a home wine making kit from a wife to her chemist husband. That first wine made from purchased grapes won an award at a local wine festival and the next thing PJ and her husband Robert Rex knew, a winery was born. 28 years later, they're still living in their Kenwood, Sonoma Valley home, the original winery, and have expanded to a second and much larger facility on the Sonoma highway. Robert is still the winemaker along with an associate winemaker and crafts about 15,000 cases annually. PJ's dedication is to organic wines with low to no sulfite levels.
My visit to the Deerfield Ranch Winery didn't see me at the public tasting room. Rather, due to a partnership with the Fairmont Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, I was driven to the private home of Robert and PJ Rex for a lunch with the winemaker. PJ enjoys entertaining and does quite a lot of work with local charities. With the Fairmont, she hosts a private lunch once a month or so.