Vineyard visits typically involve prosaically dull tours and the slavish worship of one fruit -- an insult to every other fruit that could possibly be fermented into blackout juice. Take your touring up a notch, at Schnebly Redland's Winery
Run by a guy mentored by old pros in New York's vino-tastic Finger Lakes, Schnebly uses local tropical fruits from Redland's orchards to produce an array of wines, then invites you to suck them down while wandering 20 acres filled with waterfalls and tiki huts -- like the Playboy Mansion, minus all the annoying girls. Now classic intoxicants include Carambola (smells like pinot grigio but less acidic), Passion Fruit (dynamic sweet&sour balance, pairs with chocolate and cheesecake), and Mango, which compares to a white zin and goes well with pork (then again, what doesn't?). Fresh fermentations include Category 3 Hurricane, a blend of lychee, guava and carambola; Guava (big nose, nice with Asian food); and Carambola Oak, adding layers of complexity via aging in French oak barrels (if only it were that simple for you)
Schnebly also throws monthly parties, the next being this Friday with a live band, grub, deals on wine, and much dancing -- bust a move, and everybody can once again enjoy the slavish worship of just one fruit.