Medlock Ames Tasting Room & Alexander Valley Bar Opened May 22, 2010
The opening of Medlock Ames Tasting Room and Alexander Valley Bar in Sonoma County California was featured in the May edition City Dirt Newsletter. NBW designed the one-acre landscape surrounding the adaptively re-used 1920s-era gas station. Surrounded on two sides by vineyards, a series of hospitable garden spaces demonstrate the client’s commitment to organic, sustainable farming as well as conservation and practices that consider the health of local ecologies.
City Dirt had this to say in a May 26, 2010 posting about ‘Great Gardens in Wine Country’:
“Wine, food, design, and garden enthusiast should be excited about the recent opening of the Medlock Ames Tasting Room and Alexander Valley Bar. They employed a dream team of eco-minded designers, and the outdoor space includes a farm-style table amidst a grove of 30 year-old olive trees and a fire pit seating area. The table has a metal insert that holds ice running down the center for chilling your white wines. In fact, the plug on the drain for this is the exact size of a wine cork. We hope the landscape architect, Jeffrey Longhenry, project manager for Nelson Byrd Woltz has on a patent on this. A grid of galvanized raised beds grow seasonal edibles for wood-fired pizzas, and fruits and herbs for use in crafting cocktails at the speakeasy bar.”