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Jul 14, 2010 07:14 PM

Best Wineries for Picnics in Sonoma/Napa

Hello Everyone, we will be staying for 3 nights in Glen Ellen. We are looking for the best wineries to grab a baguette, some cheese, some tomatoes, etc. and of course a bottle of wine and have a nice romantic picnic. Where would you go...and why?



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  1. we bought things at sunshine market in st helena (i think that was the name) and had a picnic up at barnett on spring mountain. went to pride too. awesome.

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    1. re: AMFM

      Considering the OP is staying in Glen Ellen, than St. Helena is a LONG haul. In the Sonoma area, I would recommend Gundlach Bundschu; they actually sell cheese and sausages on site and have a nice picnic area. As does Sebastiani.

      1. re: CarrieWas218

        If you will be visiting on a Wednesday, Paradise Ridge in Santa Rosa does a Picnic at Sunset event. The views are amazing! It's a free event, but the cost of the wine definitely makes up for that. The 2008 Pinot Noir $50 probably one of the worst Pinot's I have had; the Zinfandel at $48 was good, but not that good... more like $20 bottle of wine good.
        I can't speak enough for Viansa's patio, amazing views. Decent wine runs about $20 a bottle.

    2. Consider picnicking at Jack London State Park- not a winery but full of scenic areas. Also, Matanzas Creek on Bennet Valley Road might suit you if you like Asian aesthetics.
      For supplies, pick up goodies at the Farmer's Market in Sonoma if you're there on Tuesday or Friday.
      We really like the grounds at St. Francis as well, but that is closer to Kenwood, I think.

      1. Near Glen Ellen, Chateau St. Jean is nice for a picnic. Glen Ellen Village Market is a good place to stock up.

        Viansa's a tourist trap and not near Glen Ellen.

        Glen Ellen Village Market
        13751 Arnold Dr, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

        1. Buena Vista is a nice spot for a picnic. It's about a mile from the Sonoma town square.