João Canziani / For The Times
Playing boccie at Seghesio is like playing boccie in the backyard of your Italian uncle's house, if your uncle owned a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen and wood-burning pizza oven. The grounds here aren't manicured. You'll even find a couple of over-watered lemon trees. Seghesio's two courts are among the few in the area that fall within the official 76- to 90-foot length (87 feet, 6 inches is exact tournament length). There's no view to speak of -- the courts sit right up against a residential street -- but the shade trees and nicely packed playing surface make for excellent boccie.
And Seghesio's wine makes for excellent tasting. Its Sangiovese, from the oldest plantings in North America, made me regret ever maligning the varietal as the Merlot of Italy. And their Pinot Grigio, sipped while "spocking" (the term for an underhand throw), seriously improved my score.
-- Janis Cooke Newman
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Planning your trip:
For more information about the area, visit www.wineroad.com.