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Men Who Stare At Goats: Sante Arcangeli in Pescadero

April 27, 2021 – Why do anything in a conventional manner when you can think outside the box? Or in this case, outside the barn? Winemaker John Benedetti has always hung his hat on a rung above, because he can. That is, when he can find a hat. After a year of planning a new venture in Pescadero, where he had his first tasting room until shuttering it in 2019, the all new, complete with goat cheese Sante Arcangeli tasting experience at Harley Farms has finally arrived.

Inside the tasting barn at Harley Farms in Pescadero

Says Benedetti, “Opening weekend is May 1st! Invitations that first weekend were sent to Wine Club members only, by reservation-only. We’ll open it up to the public for the following weekends. We’re starting out on a reservation-only model while we work out the kinks, but will ultimately allow a certain amount of walk-ins each day.”

The hours will be from 11am until 4pm, with each reservation lasting 60 minutes. Enjoy the wines in the barn lounge (at 25% capacity), in the outdoor picnic area adjacent to the lounge, or in the expansive barn loft. After your hour long tasting, you are welcome to take a bottle and wander the expansive property, relax in the barn loft, check out the goats or enjoy a bottle of wine or three in the picnic areas.

During your tasting, you will enjoy Dee’s fresh, handmade goat cheese with a flight of 5 to 6 wines. Cost is $45/person. Free for wine club members and up to 3 additional guests (credited to your wine club account).

The new tasting barn at Harley Farms sits on an idyllic multi-acre working goat farm in the Pescadero countryside. With ample indoor space in a rustic 140 year-old barn and a huge farm to roam, it’s a true country outing for the whole family. Fresh goat cheese is made onsite, by host, Dee Harley.

The Harley Farm/Sante Arcangeli Wine and Cheese experience takes place at 79 North Street, Pescadero. To reserve, click goats

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Laura Ness is a longtime wine journalist, columnist and judge who contributes regularly to Edible Monterey Bay, Spirited, WineOh.Tv, Los Gatos Magazine and Wine Industry Network, and a variety of consumer publications. Her passion is telling stories about the intriguing characters who inhabit the fascinating world of wine and food.