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Healdsburg Area Winery Suggestions

mrsricho Feb 4, 2010 04:12 PM


We have 9pm reservations at Cyrus next Friday night and will be staying at Camellia Inn. We would love to buy some wine potentially when we get to town Friday evening and definitely Saturday before we head back to SF. We'd like to do places that aren't too far off the beaten track and that don't require appointment.

We're in need of whites - we like Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, also Rose. And always need sparkling too. We generally don't drink Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. Also really into Verdejo and Vinho Verde lately if anyone has any California wine recos in a similar style. And love Moscato. We're in need of reds as well - we like Pinots, Zins, Cab Sauvs, but generally fruit forward reds and also food friendly reds. Also love Malbecs if anyone has similar California recos.

Anyway, have narrowed down some potential wineries to visit as follows from previous Chowhound and other posts on favorite Healdsburg area wineries to visit:
Mauritson Family Winery
Ridge Lytton Springs
Preston Vineyards
White Oak Vineyards and Winery
Mazzocco Sonoma
Sausal Winery
Papapietro Perry
Rosenblum Cellars

Any you'd cross off the list? Any great ones we're missing?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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    celeryroot RE: mrsricho Feb 4, 2010 05:03 PM

    Most close at 4. I.d cross off Preston, way out on 1 and half lane road and this time of year weather bad. On Friday you might try the tasting rooms in town , all within short walking distance of Cyrus.
    The green is the Healdsburg Plaza
    Enjoy Cyrus, if you can, have a drink in bar before or after dinner. I love Ridge,

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      SteveG RE: celeryroot Feb 5, 2010 11:04 AM

      I wouldn't say Preston is way out from Healdsburg. It's a bit under 10 miles and a very pretty drive. They do a good job with whites, and don't make any Chard. I think the OP would like their Roussanne/Viognier/Grenache Blanc blend, as well as the varietal bottlings of Roussane, Viognier, or Sauv Blanc. There are also plenty of other vineyards to stop at along the way.

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        celeryroot RE: SteveG Feb 5, 2010 02:27 PM

        I agree it is not that far,but when we have a rain storm like the last weeks it is very dangerous drive and some of those roads take on water. For example I would not go out today after storm we had all night and part of day. I live on russian river and know those roads and they are trouble with weather we have been havng.

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          syrahgirl RE: celeryroot Feb 6, 2010 08:21 AM

          Gary Farrel for the Pinot Noir, I would also try to get over to Ferrari-Carano. Enjoy! :)

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      Allfrog68 RE: mrsricho Feb 4, 2010 09:43 PM

      I would add Seghesio. It's very close to downtown H-burg. They also do a food & wine pairing that's good.

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        tom246 RE: mrsricho Feb 5, 2010 04:15 AM

        Holdredge, right in Healdsburg is a must. Open on the weekends.

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          Bruce in SLO RE: tom246 Feb 5, 2010 07:10 AM

          Farrari-Carano is a very nice place, excellent wines and beautiful grounds.
          Be sure to get some of their Fume Blanc.

        2. PolarBear RE: mrsricho Feb 5, 2010 07:44 AM

          If you go to Papapietro Perry be sure and taste assistant winemaker David Low's Pinots that he and a couple of pals put out under their Anthill Farms label.

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            jsgjewels RE: mrsricho Feb 5, 2010 09:49 AM

            I would add Quivira. They have a very nice Rose of Grenache you might enjoy. And a very nice Grenache as well.

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              syrahgirl RE: jsgjewels Feb 5, 2010 10:14 AM

              You will love Cyrus, we have dined there 3 times now! I agree with the previous poster on Ferrari-Carano, the grounds are beautiful, this is one of my favorites in the CA wine country. You may also want to put Gary Farrell on your list. On the plaza is Kendall-Jackson tasting room, try to do their reserve tasting there. Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar is a wonderful place to stop for a bite to eat on the Plaza. Enjoy Healdsburg! :)

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              mrsricho RE: mrsricho Feb 5, 2010 12:28 PM

              Thanks everyone for your feedback!!!! :-)

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                Cary RE: mrsricho Feb 5, 2010 01:59 PM

                Coffaro and Frick wineries make good value priced wines with a wide range of varietals and blends.
                Wineries not requiring an appointment worth visiting could include Joseph Swan and Porter Creek.

                1. maria lorraine RE: mrsricho Feb 5, 2010 10:04 PM

                  Very detailed previous threads on this and reviews of the wineries on both this SF board and the Wine Board. You've got a good list going.

                  There are several distinct wine-growing areas around Healdsburg: Dry Creek Valley, Westside Road (beautiful), Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley. Research each of these place names (with the word "wineries") and see what dovetails with your wine palate. When searching, go back at least a couple of years.

                  The link for maps that celery root gives above is excellent. Print out the maps before you go.

                  Don't worry about the rain. Just be prepared with rain gear and drive safely.



                  site: chowhound russian river wineries

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                    foodgeek_ca RE: mrsricho Feb 6, 2010 08:14 AM

                    Souverain has a tasting room on the plaza, they have some nice whites especially their sauvignon blanc. We like their viognier too, and their cabs never disappoint.
                    Another tasting room just off the plaza is Williamson Wines, they have complementary wine and food tastings. They serve little tidbits of food paired with the wines that they pour, like cheese sprinkled with their special blend of seasonings, or a bite of fudgy brownie.

                    Also, if you get a chance get a snack at Downtown Bakery!

                    Sounds like a great trip, I'm jealous! : )

                    1. westsidelodge RE: mrsricho Feb 6, 2010 02:19 PM

                      The Viognier and Pinot are both worth a drive out to Porter Creek Vineyards on Westside Road. While you're on Westside Road, be sure to stop at C. Donatiello (lovely Sauvignon Blanc, reds, and gardens) and Gary Farrell.
                      For sparkling, we highly recommend J Vineyards selections; their winery is right near downtown Healdsburg on Eastside Road, next to Rodney Strong (another good place to stock up on some solid, drinkworthy Pinot) --Westside Lodge

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                        kristenss RE: mrsricho Feb 7, 2010 09:23 AM

                        If you're looking for a great rose, try Unte. They don't have a formal tasting room, but if you call ahead of time and they're around, the winemaker will do a tasting with you right in their barrel/blending room. I've always been more of a red drinker than a white drinker, but we stock up on cases of their rose every summer because it's so delicious.

                        I also second the recommendation for Willi's Raw Bar in Healdsburg proper (but I confess to a bias--my sister was their executive chef de cuisine for about 5 years).

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                          maria lorraine RE: kristenss Feb 7, 2010 10:29 AM

                          Unti is friendly, smallish. In Dry Creek.

                          Check the Dry Creek map -- http://www.wineroad.com/maps/2/ -- there are a whole bunch of wineries very near one another.

                          Here are my personal "bests": Ridge/Lytton Springs for about 21 vineyard-specific Zinfandels; Mazzocco (next door to Ridge) also very good for Zinfandel; Mauritson, Preston (Rhone varietals -- excellent), Bella (next door to Preston), and Sbragia Family Vineyards (Ed the winemaker is lovely and brilliant -- he made the beautiful Reserve wines for Beringer for 30+ years).

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                            maria lorraine RE: maria lorraine Feb 14, 2010 09:06 PM

                            A review of some Dry Creek Zins:

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                              Mick Ruthven RE: maria lorraine Feb 16, 2010 05:02 AM

                              maria lorraine, do you have recommendations for wineries to include in the upcoming barrel tasting two-weekend event?


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                                maria lorraine RE: Mick Ruthven Feb 16, 2010 11:27 AM

                                Siduri, Dutton-Goldfield, Freestone, Lynmar, Carol Shelton, Sbragia, Ridge, Mazzocco, Mauritson, Acorn, Fritz -- pretty much in order. I wouldn't normally put Siduri first, but since it's a barrel-tasting, Adam will probably be sampling barrels that show the diversity of the vineyards he sources for fruit. Lynmar is closer to the top also because they'll have great food as well as great swill. Bear in mind that barrel-sampling is markedly different from wine-sampling because the wine is in a raw form and unfinished -- exciting! -- but that means you will have to factor out the oak when you taste it. This is the way winemakers taste wine all the time. Be mindful of crowds when you plan your driving strategy. Have fun.

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                                  Mick Ruthven RE: maria lorraine Feb 16, 2010 04:46 PM

                                  >Have fun.<

                                  Thanks for the tips, and for sure I intend to have fun (if I do get up there for it).

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