From Hollywood to….

Glen Lyon is 26 unbelievably picturesque acres tucked away in the hills outside the village of Glen Ellen. The winery, acres of grapevines and residences share the property.

It’s truly a small family run winery that is creating a wonderful variety of fruit forward wines, bottled in some very nontraditional, creatively designed, eye catching formats.

Glenlyon wines are not distributed.  They produce around 1000 cases and it is only available to members of GlenLyon’s Clan. That explains why you may never have come across the wines.

Thanks to a wonderful friend we were invited to visit the winery, tour the facility and meet the couple that together do it all – Squire and Suzy Fridell. Our visit was during the busiest of days a winery experiences, harvest, yet Squire and Suzy were the quintessential hosts – full of humor, surprises, and the love of wine making! I’ve not laughed as hard and smiled as much in a long time as we did that afternoon.

Discovering and spending time with the small producers and growers is so special for us. This couple, their story, and their wine are fascinating and they are possibly the most unique owners we have had the pleasure to meet.

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Photo credit: Melania Mahoney
Squire Fridell– Winemaker, Vineyard manager, CEO, CFO, COO, WINO, Clan Chieftain & Grand Poobah and Suzy Fridell – GlenLyon’s Cellar Rat, Event Coordinator & WOB (Wife of Boss)

Squire and Suzy left the glitz of Hollywood and entertainment to make wine. Suzy had a career as a professional modern dancer touring with the Nikolais Dance Theatre Company. Squire, who you might not recognize in his makeup for his role as Ronald McDonald, appeared in thousands of TV commercials and television shows.

A visit to the GlenLyon website is a must. I promise smiles and giggles! And……If you ever have the opportunity to get to visit – you must!

Thank you Squire and Suzy for such a fantastic day with you and your wines!



Following up……….

Last Saturday GlenLyon held their Fall Clan Pick Up Party. While the impending PG&E power cutoff loomed, the event still drew a big crowd on a gorgeous day to enjoy wine, exceptional food, and live music together.