During my stay in Ventana at the end of October 2020, at check in I had an upgrade to an amazing room (past article “Ventana Big Sur An Alila Resort – Best Ever Upgrade“).

Before going to the room, however, I enjoyed the Beverage Social Hour that takes place every day from 4 to 5 pm in the area in front of the social house.

One the day I arrived, there were two types of drinks available: A Pinot Noir and a non-alcoholic Pinot Noir Grape Juice.

OENO Wines Pinot Noir was not very remarkable, but I really liked Navarro Vineyards‘ non-alcoholic Pino Noir Grape Juice.

OENO Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2018
Navarro Vineyards Pinot Noir Grape Juice 2019
Left: Navarro Vineyards Right: OENO Wines

The next day there were two types of wine available, a Chardonnay and Petite Sirah. The Chardonnay is from Chalone Vineyard .

2018 Chalone Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Chalone AVA

The Petite Sirah from Dancing Coyote.

2018 Dancing Coyote Petite Sirah

I was told by the hostess that yesterday’s non-alcoholic Pinot Noir Grape Juice was also available again. I enjoyed another serving of the grape juice.

Although the Ventana is all-inclusive, the alcohol was charged separately and naturally the price was quite high. The Beverage Social Hour is only offered for one hour a day, but I’m grateful that this event at the hotel can increase my knowledge of unfamiliar wineries. It is a great service to be able to sample fine alcohol for free.

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