Lavender and Linden — Visit to Matanzas Winery

This morning we visited Matanzas Creek Winery in Bennett Valley, Sonoma County. They grow a large field of lavender that is fun to see just before the harvest when the bloom is at its peak. They also have gardens around their site with numerous special plants (not your standard landscape plantings). I even saw some linden trees in bloom and was excited to sniff fresh linden blossoms for the first time. The linden had the honeyed facet I’d expected, but was not cloying. Yummy. πŸ™‚ Thought I’d share some lavender pictures. Happy 4rth!

About Laurie E

artisan perfumer and owner of Sonoma Scent Studio
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12 Responses to Lavender and Linden — Visit to Matanzas Winery

  1. deeHowe says:

    Beautiful! πŸ™‚

  2. Ines says:

    Wonderful! And I can only imagine how lovely the air smells like. πŸ™‚

  3. *jen says:

    Great pictures and an enviable experience!

  4. rappleyea says:

    Gorgeous pictures, Laurie! Lavender is one of my favorite scents. Hmm… an SSS lavender scent would be wonderful! πŸ˜‰

    And a drop of lavender e.o. on the temples is a surefire headache cure!

    • Laurie E says:

      I’m lucky not to get headaches but I bet lavender would help relax if you did have one. I do have lavender lotion that’s scented mostly w/ lavender absolute (you need to really like lavender to like the lotion because it’s basically a lavender solo with just a smidge of amber and violet). I love lavender too. πŸ™‚

      • Cat says:

        Laurie- is it a lotion you make yourself or do you buy it? I am in the market for a goo one and was wondering what the name of it was??

  5. Laurie E says:

    Many of you will have already seen this but I wanted to post it as a reference to a lavender festival that sounds wonderful (near Seattle, WA):
    http://www.nstperfume.com/2011/07/06/lavender-for-days-sequim-lavender-festival-2011/

    Thought that link might be useful filed here in this thread for those hunting for lavender events.

  6. Undina says:

    Great pictures, thank you for sharing.
    I have to go there next year to see and smell those linden trees. I didn’t know you could find them around here. Thank you, Laurie!

    • Laurie E says:

      They had a number of unusual plants there — they hired a special garden designer who obviously put a lot of care into choosing interesting plantings.

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