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Winery Suggestions

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Winery Suggestions

We will be making our first trip to Sonoma in September. We would like some winery suggestions. We enjoy reds including cabs, pinos and blends. We would also like to tour some beautiful wineries. We enjoy champagne as well. Also, are there any wineries in the area that serve lunch?

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1. Re: Winery Suggestions

What part of Sonoma are you visiting? Are you still staying in Petaluma?

Francis Ford Coppola Winery has a restaurant, Rustic but it's way up in Geyserville. Korbel makes champagne, has a deli and picnic tables, and gives tours:

http://www.korbel.com/TourInformation.aspx

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2. Re: Winery Suggestions

J winery makes very nice sparkling wines as well as still wines. They have tastings that include food to match the wines that is very good. If the food served isn't enough for you, Healdsburg is less than 10 minutes away with lots of good lunch choices.

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3. Re: Winery Suggestions

Thanks. We are staying at the Cinnamon Bear Creekside Inn. It is on the outskirts of Sonoma. It has really good reviews and we got an excellent rate.

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It would be easier to make good suggestions if we knew where you are planning to stay and how long you have to spend in the area.

In the mean time, try looking at the Harvest FAir results to get ideas of where to visit. Then, check your wine cache and see what's on the shelf...plan on visiting at least one of those places- that way you know you will have at least one good visit!

When you say "tour" wineries...exactly what are you meaning? Some folks mean a guided tour of a facility ( or 2 or 3...) and some folks mean multiple visits with a driver or a group who acts as a tour guide.

Not many wineries in Sonoma County serve lunch...there are several that have an on-site deli or charucterie, and some have food-pairings where you learn about wines and foods that go together, but the only ones that I know where food is actually served are Coppola, which Super' mentioned, and Simi which has a small cafe that serves pizza fronm one of those fancy pizza ovens. I know that Viansa offers a wine tasting lunch, if that helps.

Sparklers...Korbel, Gloria Ferrer, Iron Horse, and there are some wineries that offer sparkling "others"...like Harvest Moon has a sparkling Zinfandel, as an example.

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5. Re: Winery Suggestions

We will be staying three nights and plan on doing a wine tour such as playtpus. We will have one other day to visit some wineries and possibly a day in Napa.

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6. Re: Winery Suggestions

Ok...thanks.

Since you are going to stay in Sonoma (town)...good choice by the way...then I can recommend these locations right in town. Roessler Cellars offers a wide array of Pinots- its their specialty. They are partnered with Hall winery of Napa. The tasting room is on 1st st.

Sojourn is a favorite of friends of mine, and their winemaker is Erich Bradley who is also the winemaker at Audelssa which is one of our favorites. Sojourn is by appointment only; Audelssa has a very nice tasting room in Glen Ellen.

Charles Creek has a tiny tasting room with "memorable" decor. They have a great blend named "Muy Bonito", as well as a delightful chocolate- infused port that is worth drinking.

Ravenswood is not far from town and that is a really fun place to visit.

No telling where you will go with Platypus, but some other places that will have good wines are St. Francis, Ledson, Imagery, Loxton.

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7. Re: Winery Suggestions

Thanks so much for the suggestions. Will definitely check them out and report back.

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Domaine Carneros in Napa for the Pinot Noir! :)

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9. Re: Winery Suggestions

I recalled another winery with a restaurant...Russian River Vineyards has a restaurant called Corks.

Since you are interested in Pinots, the Russian River area would be a good section to explore. www.wineroad.com has a good map of that area for planning purposes.

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10. Re: Winery Suggestions

Lots of great pinots in Sonoma -- Martinelli, Rochioli and Gary Farrell are open to visitors. Marcassin, Kosta Browne and Williams Selyem may offer appointments if you call. BTW, Martinelli produces zins that are as good as anybody's. I'd tell you the name of their top zin vineyard, but TA blocks it (synonym for donkey LOL). Super wines of all colors there, as well as Marcassin and Rochioli.