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Sonoma Wine "collective"

DreinLA Jul 10, 2006 05:46 PM

I've found quite a few in Napa (The Bounty Hunter, Vintner's Collective, etc) but nothing in Sonoma. We're looking for someplace that is focused on smaller "boutique" producers...thanks everybody.

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  1. Carrie 218 RE: DreinLA Jul 10, 2006 06:38 PM

    There is one right on the square, on the same side as Chicos and Maya. Sorry, can't remember its name.

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      answerman RE: DreinLA Jul 10, 2006 08:01 PM

      If you're looking for a tasting room that hosts the wines of many wineries, there is one in Geyserville: LOCALS.


      The wines range from bad to quite good.

      I'm not sure what you mean by "collective," though, so this might not be helpful.

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        DreinLA RE: DreinLA Jul 10, 2006 10:01 PM

        Essentially a place where smaller Sonoma "side" vineyards that don't necessarily get a lot of foot traffic are under one roof

        I'm REALLY looking forward to Locals - for whatever reason I'm under the impression that they mostly focus on Napa wines. #1) Is that correct & #2) if it's only Napa, is there somewhere compatible in Sonoma.

        Thanks again!!

        1. wearybashful RE: DreinLA Jul 11, 2006 06:51 PM

          I don't think "Locals" is about Napa, it's in Sonoma County. I think it has Alexander and Dry Creek Valley wines. In Dry Creek Valley there's a new collective of small Dry Creek Valley wineries at 4791 Dry Creek Road. Family Wineries, I think it's called, but maybe the sign says Timber Crest, it looks a bit confusing.

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            Rick RE: DreinLA Jul 11, 2006 07:02 PM

            Can anyone tell me if there are vineyards close to San Francisco? Because of this post I'm assuming there obviously is, but about how far out from the city does wine country start?

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              Melanie Wong RE: Rick Jul 12, 2006 12:25 AM

              Hmm, the closest commercial vineyards to SF are probably the ones in Woodside, south of SF or in Marin County. SF has a couple of bonded wineries in the City limits but no vineyards, AFAIK. You can also take the ferry across the bay to Rosenblum in Alameda. No vineyards, but some very good wines.

              Disclaimer: Dr. Rosenblum is a personal friend.

            2. ChinoWayne RE: DreinLA Jul 11, 2006 07:07 PM

              Depends on the time of day, and which way commuter traffic is heading. You can get to the Sonoma area or the Napa Valley in under an hour by car.

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                melly RE: ChinoWayne Jul 12, 2006 05:39 AM

                I went to an amazing wine shop in Healdsburg a few years ago..right on the main drag on the corner..across from the park. I cannot recall the name but you could google Healdsburg and probably find it. (Also...great eats in Graton, CA)

              2. howefortunate RE: DreinLA Jul 12, 2006 02:20 PM

                Rosenblum in Alameda is great...especially if you like Zinfandels. They make some of the very best! It's the only tasting room that I know of in Alameda but they pour a lot of wine. It's definitely worth a visit.

                You can also drive east of San Francisco about 35 miles to Livermore Wine Country. There are around 29 wineries with some good wines. Most offer free wine tasting and it's not crowded like Napa. If you go, be sure to stop at Cedar Mountain (great Cabs and Ports), Kent, and Thomas Coyne.


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