When Colorado architects Randy and Tracy Hart decided to take their love of wine to a new level by moving to Amador County and opening a vineyard and tasting room in 2014, they brought their creativity with them. That creativity is evident in everything from the complex wines produced at Le Mulet Rouge to the thoughtfully designed tasting room in downtown Sutter Creek.
“All of the textures on the walls and the barrel staves and everything else are what they feel is really reflective of what you get when you’re tasting wine because you get the various textures of the different varietals,” said Tamara Richards, Le Mulet Rouge’s tasting room manager and events coordinator.
Le Mulet Rouge means the red mule, honoring the winery’s location on Red Mule Road in Fiddletown. All the wines produced at Le Mulet Rouge use exclusively Fiddletown grapes, with the exception of their sparkling wines.
Visitors to Le Mulet Rouge’s tasting room will get a unique experience.
“Our tasting experience is a shared experience. So, if you come in with a group, we serve you a bucket of wine, and the bucket of wine has your carafes and you pour at your leisure at your table. You’re never waiting for me to run around and fill your glass. You have your wine there. You can have wonderful conversations about the wine, about your life with your friends and family. But the wine is there and we get to chat about the wine as well. It’s a really fun experience,” said Richards.
Along with their wines, Le Mulet Rouge also features a seasonal sangria at the tasting room. Look for Richards’ apple spice sangria in October and November.
Le Mulet Rouge Tasting Room
59 Main St., Sutter Creek
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday; tasting by appointment only