Introducing Medlock Ames Tasting Room and Bar, Healdsburg's first thirst-quenching hybrid of a tasting room and speakeasy den, opening tomorrow.
You'll remember this corner spot as the site of the run-down Alexander Valley Store & Bar. Now, it's a distilled version of the Medlock Ames ranch up on Chalk Hill, made infinitely better with the addition of a reincarnation of the century-old locals bar steps from the tasting room.
Basically, you could roll up here at 10am and stay put. Start in the tasting room with a flight of Medlock Ames's wines at one of the two-seater booths under reclaimed mining lamps. Then spend the afternoon in the cocktail garden (think: olives, Kaffir limes, kumquats, mint) with a few bottles chilling in the ice-filled trough conveniently built into the picnic table.
All of this is prelude to when the bar opens. That's when you'll head into the dim, tin-ceilinged den reminiscent of its former woodsy, Victorian hideout and switch to cocktails made with produce from the garden and local spirits like Charbay's beer-distilled bourbon.
There's also a revolving "under the counter" stash that's available on an "ask-only basis."
But you didn't hear that from us.