Nefarious Cellars is a bit of a contradiction. The patio overlooking Defiance Vineyard is full of people nestled in colorful chairs, yet it’s a serene scene. The tasting room is packed with visitors but it’s anything but chaotic. Wine is omnipresent and vintages are always selling out. The only thing that is consistent is the goofy-grinned golden retriever Lucy, who could be pet by a thousand people a day and still act like you were the only one who could ever love her.
When driving (slowly, please) up the winding gravel road, keep in mind that if you taste a wine you like, you should buy as much of it as soon as possible. One day there will be Syrah, the next there will be none. Take your time with the whites as they are as structured and beautiful as their winemaker. Upon bounding out the door with your case of wine, you’ll understand Lucy – you can never get enough love at Nefarious Cellars.