Summer’s heat lingered on the early autumn day that marked the official opening of Kriselle Cellars’ tasting room. The stunning facility offers a sweeping valley view of hayfields, an aerated pond, white fences, cattle and horses. Looking up, Mt. Ashland, Roxy Ann, and Long Hill are visible from the wraparound patio.
Just before owners Scott and Kris Steingraber cut the red ribbon, Nora Lancaster, Director of Marketing and Sales, eloquently summarized the journey that brought the vision to fruition. Scott, she said, first started making wine (a 15-year hobby), then he and Kris “started to dream.” Kris’s father, Winslow Buxton, also spoke, praising the Steingrabers’ efforts and affirming his support. Strong ties were further evident at the September 28th event, as other family members shared in the celebration.
Standing at the front door of the tasting room and looking in, the tasting bar catches your eye, seeming somehow familiar. That’s because the curved bar face was designed to look like a wine barrel. The vaulted ceilings and window wall add to the room’s elegance, while the repurposed lumber and rock fireplace contribute a cozy feel resulting in what Nora calls “rustic elegance.” A peek on one wall shows framed silver, gold and double gold medals for Kriselle’s first vintage wines.
Once inside, folks milled around chatting while they sampled wines and shared plates of starters. Scott, Kris, and Nora talked with their guests, their pleasure obvious in their relaxed manner and easy smiles.
The winery and the tasting room sit on Buxton Ranch, a working ranch on land that Winslow and Linda Buxton purchased in 2006. Kris tends the cattle on the ranch, while Scott oversees the winery.
The engineer in Scott (his former profession) shows in how he runs the business. Yet after he follows the proper methods and heeds the science behind viniculture (wine making), he follows the artistry, resulting in quality wines.
So stop by and welcome your new neighbors. While you’re there, enjoy a slice of pizza or one of the various sides or plates with cheese, baguettes, almonds, or olives. There are hot dogs for the kids, too. Pair your choice with a glass of wine or bottled water, Perrier, or sparkling orange or lemon drinks.
Enjoy your food and beverage inside at a tall barista table or sit near the fireplace, or relax outside. And be sure and take home a bottle of wine. Kriselle Cellars is open 11 am—5:30 pm daily. They plan to sponsor events and concerts, and also be available for private catered events. The winery is at 12956 Modoc Road in White City