Everything about the new 2 Lads winery is bold, edgy and eye-catching. You could say the same about the hip, 30-something owners, Chris Baldyga and Cornel Olivier.
The winery reflects the inner them.
Two Lads is about 14 miles north on Old Mission Peninsula and well worth the trip up the skinny strip of land, which offers shimmering views of the east and west bays. If you havent been on Old Mission in awhile, vineyards are everywherea veritable Napa Valley of the north.
Two Lads sits atop a large hill off Smokey Hollow Road. You cant miss the huge angular, flat-roofed building rising up from a grassy mound with monstrous panes of concrete, steel, aluminum and flashes of orange. Inside is black leather furniture, more orange, and clever accents of cork. Baldyga explained that he and his partner prefer the spare, minimalist lines so as not to clutter up the experience of wine tasting.
The buildings bi-level design capitalizes on gravity to move the wine from the machines where the grapes are squeezed to a cavernous basement where its fermented in steel vats or oak barrels. An art gallery off the tasting room features the work of photographer Paul Osborne, who also designed the very cool wine label. Osborne, also in his 30s, has retiredat least temporarilyto
St. Croix Island, where he spends his days kiteboarding.