McConnell Estates Winery, findingourwaynow.comIt’s funny how we miss things that are so close to us. McConnell Estates Winery is quite literally only a few miles from where I live. My favorite wine buyer recommended this McConnell Estates Winery Merlot 2007. When he told me who it was, I laughed and thought why had I not visited this winery?

The Wackman/McConnell family has been making wine since 1993. The first McConnells moved from Vermont to California in 1849 where they where store owners, farmers and gold prospectors. The family eventually settled in Elk Grove California.  A few years later they bought a fertile piece of land where they built the very home that now houses their tasting room. The land was ideally located near the Cosumnes River between Sacramento and Stockton, California on a well-traveled route.

McConnell Estates Winery, findingourwaynow.comIn the meantime in 1863, Andrew Kelly Wackman made his way from Ohio to California. He purchased a nice piece of property along the Cosumnes River near Elk Grove where he raised grain, cattle, and horses.

Elk Grove was a small farming community. Because of their location and mutual livelihoods, the two families meet. Thaddeus McConnell Jr. and Etta May Wackman met and married. Time passed and as it was with all families of that time, tragedies happened, and the Wackmans sold their land. Etta May Wackman McConnell and family continued to raised barley, wheat, corn, and sheep on the original McConnell ranch for many years until they turned to growing wine grapes. That land still remains with the family today.

The charming remodeled 100-year-old Wackman/McConnell home is now the current office for the Wackman Ranch, as well as the Tasting Room and Barrel Cellar for McConnell Estates Winery. It is a great place to kick up your feet; with a picnic basket and a glass of their delightful wine all while enjoying their Friday Night Summer concerts they provide for free to anyone who wishes to come by.

McConnell Estates Winery Merlot 2007

McConnell Estates Winery, findingourwaynow.com

This is what the winemaker has to say about their award winning McConnell Estates Merlot 2007:

“Soft, smooth tannins with hints of cherry and vanilla. Aged in French and American oak for 24 months. Cosumnes River is a sub-appellation of the Lodi Appellation, which is cooler than the rest of the appellation. (Gold Medal /Best of Class 2011 California State Fair).”

You can find this reasonably priced wine on their website, wine.com and any good wine purveyor.

McConnell Estates Winery Merlot 2007 was a delightful find for me, not only because it was a very nice wine, but it is so very close to where I live. I will be stopping by the McConnell Estates tasting room quite often because of that.

Time for a glass…

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  • Cheryl Therrien

    Having a winery so close is probably a mixed blessing. LOL :)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      That it is Cheryl… LOL. :)))

  • doreenpendgracs

    Wow. A 2007 Merlot from a beautiful wintery right in Elk Grove. Sounds like we missed a good one! Here’s hoping I’ll ‘find my way’ back to Elk Grove, as it sounds like there’s a lot more tasting to do! Cheers, and I think we will have that lovely bottle of Old Vine Zin from Fields Family Winery for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner here in Manitoba. :-)

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      It was a surprise and I love the fact that it’s only minutes away Doreen. I would love to have you back. it would fun to show you more of my favorite place. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Merlot is a varietal I’m still trying to fully wrap my head around. I still haven’t decided how much I like it…

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Not all Merlots are created equal Jeri. This one I do like. I can’t say that about all Merlots. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    Glad you found the winery. Sometimes it can be easy to miss the good stuff right in our own backyard.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Me too Jon, it’s amazing what you find when you take the time to look in your own backyard. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    What a beautiful place to have an office. The house is gorgeous. What a handy find for you having a good winery so close by.

  • Debra Yearwood

    What a beautiful place to have an office. The house is gorgeous. What a handy find for you having a good winery so close by.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      It really is Debra and I do love that it’s so close. I can’t wait to show some of my more distant friends when they visit. :-)… hint, hint. :-)