Sonoma wineries-any free tasting wineries?
- hhc Oct 26, 2006 08:04 PM
I'm looking for Sonoma wineries that Don't charge for tasting. I only know that Schug Carneros Estate Winery doesn't, who else?
Edit: I'll take both Sonoma valley or Sonoma County wineries.
Thanks in advance.
Are you looking for Sonoma valley or Sonoma county?
Havn't been down Hwy 12 in some time, but there are a fair number of places that don't charge in Dry Creek. David Coffaro (might need an appt) doesn't charge, nor does Unti (again, just call first). Rosenblum doesn't charge, and I don't remember Ridge charging or Preston. Christopher Creek is another good stop.
personally, i think paying for a wine tasting is silly when you can just drive through russian river and dry creek valleys, beautiful little winding roads, and taste for free at charming little family-owned tasting rooms that only fit a handful of people.
My favorites in RR and DCV:
Dutcher Crossing (my #1)
Rosenblum (downtown Healdsburg)
i know that one or two of these have a small fee that is refundable upon purchase (i think dutcher crossing, maybe rosenblum), which kind of defeats the question i'm answering, but i always end up buying at least a bottle.
If you are up by Frick, you can figure that about 75%+ of the places you would just stop in for a look-see would have free tasting. That area has become my first choice of wine tasting/touring. Even the Geyser Peak tasting room (large for that area) is a calm respite (also complimentary) as compared to most anything on or near Highway 29 in that next county over.