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Feb 4, 2010 04:12 PM

Healdsburg Area Winery Suggestions


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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  1. 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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    1. re: celeryroot

      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.

      1. re: SteveG

        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.

        1. re: celeryroot

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

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

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

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        1. re: tom246

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

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: jsgjewels

              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! :)