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small winery recs in healdsburg? alexander valley? been to dry creek

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i know lots of people ask this question, but hopefully my specifics help.

In a week in a half, my wife and I'll heading up to Healdsburg. We are going to Barndiva Friday night, and Cyrus Saturday. So, we have our dinner covered! Next decision...wineries.

We went to Dry Creek Valley 2 years ago and here's what we liked:
-Unti - loved their petite syrah
-dry creek vineyard - mariner (a great cab/merlot blend)
-preston - loved the L. Preston (rhone style blend) and the madam preston (I don't care for whites, but I liked that)

the zin at Bella was decent...but, we didn't love the winery itself. Too commercial for us.

So, yeah...we love the small wineries, and we love our big reds. Any recommendations of other wineries we should check out in the healdsburg area, based on our past experience? How is the Alexander Valley area? some friends of ours (who we trust) didn't like Stryker.

thanks in advance!

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Barndiva
231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

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  1. I would highly recommend Seghesio. Not walking distance from the square but very close. Great zins. I went to Stryker a while back and it was a very beautiful place. I wasn't tasting, dealing w/ kids. My husband, more of the wine guy, liked the wine.

    1. Give Acorn a call for an appointment. This is a 100 year-old property that turns out some marvelous Zin, Syrah, and Italian varietals. The 'tasting room' is a board across a couple of barrels in an aluminum-sided grape processing area. They're just South of Healdsburg, across from J and Rodney Strong. http://www.acornwinery.com/

      Another appointment suggestion is Holdredge: http://www.holdredge.com/ John Holdredge used to live on the next property over from a friend of mine's vineyard in Santa Rosa. He moved to Healdsburg few years ago and set up shop in a nice barn-like building near the river in town.

      Have fun!!!

      There are many, many more.

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      Syrah - Now Petite Syrah
      205 Fifth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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      1. re: Midlife

        Holdredge can be a fun place to visit. Just don't mention that you are a fan/alumnus/donator of Notre Dame. He also does not really make "big" wines.

        Some quirky wineries worth visiting are Coffaro and Frick. No nonsense, tasty wines for everyday drinking.

        1. re: Midlife

          http://www.wineroad.com/maps/4/
          Benovia , Matrix, Felice to name a few of many

          http://www.wineroad.com/maps/1/
          So many to choose from
          You might go to Geyserville and have a light lunch at Diavolo and go to Meeker , which is a hoot. I like Lancaster but really there are so many. Hanna and deLorimier are rather nice.
          Hope you enjoy

        2. Link to the Alexander Valley Winegrowers group:

          http://www.alexandervalley.org/

          1. I'm a big fan of both Unti and the L. Preston so I'll just chime in on my favorite wineries in Healdsburg overall:

            A. Rafanelli
            Ridge
            Arista
            Quivira

            Also, make sure and check out Bovolo for breakfast and/or lunch and coffee at Flying Goat. Have fun!

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            Bovolo
            106 Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

            1. Here's a thread on Mercury Wine in Geyserville, Alexander Valley that you might find useful.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670693

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              Mercury Wine
              21015 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville, CA 95441