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wineries close to the city?

mojohnston Feb 2, 2011 11:23 AM

Hi there,

Anybody have any recommendations for wineries that are closer to the city? Like within a 30-45 minute drive?

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    budnball RE: mojohnston Feb 2, 2011 11:32 AM

    I think you are going to have to look a bit farther afield. I may be wrong but going south into Santa Cruz hills and Gilroy, or north to Napa and Sonoma it will be an hour and a half plus drive from the city.

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      foodeye RE: mojohnston Feb 2, 2011 11:36 AM

      This site has a good list, though it doesn't have everything as it looks like Rock Wall is missing. If you want to sample spirits and wine, St. George (aka Hangar One) and Rock Wall are just about next door to each other.


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        myst RE: foodeye Feb 2, 2011 11:42 AM

        Petaluma also has a few places. Other than that I think the Sonoma wineries (near town) are the closest ones to visit (Buena Vista, Sebastiani etc...


        Probably an hour to the town of Sonoma.

      2. myst RE: mojohnston Feb 2, 2011 11:36 AM

        Actually there are some options just across the bay in Alameda. You can even use the ferrry to get there.


        Also a Vodka distillery
        Hangar One

        1. Robert Lauriston RE: mojohnston Feb 2, 2011 11:52 AM

          There are over 25 in the East Bay. You can find info on most of them here:


          Several others (Donkey and Goat is my personal favorite):


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            myst RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 2, 2011 12:40 PM

            Good Point. I actually keep forgetting about the Livermore Valley. Ruby Hills and Wente are out there.....

            No comment on which are best to visit. Simply speaking of location....

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              Robert Lauriston RE: myst Feb 2, 2011 12:44 PM

              Livermore's an hour or more from SF. The places I linked to are in Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, and Emeryville.

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                myst RE: Robert Lauriston Feb 4, 2011 12:01 PM

                Yes, you had a great list. Just adding more options since the first response suggested 1.5 hours to any wineries. And the OP may want that winery hopping - rolling hills experience..... they did not really provide much detail except distance...

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            DavidT RE: mojohnston Feb 2, 2011 01:29 PM

            From the Golden Gate Bridge, you can get to the lower Sonoma Valley in 45-50 minutes and the town of Sonoma is another 10 minutes beyond. It would be worth you while to spend the extra time as the number of wineries available to visit increases substantially. The scenery gets a whole lot better as well.

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              DavidT RE: DavidT Feb 2, 2011 02:14 PM

              Kastania Vineyards is just off of Highway 101, south of Petaluma. It is about 40 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. I have never tasted their wines.


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                rabaja RE: DavidT Feb 5, 2011 09:05 AM

                Exceelent point.
                I moved from the city to Sonoma this past summer and make the commute back and forth often. It rarely takes me more than 50 min, from Lombard to my front door (and I'm on the Springs side of Sonoma).
                Totally worth the drive, and picturesque as well, once you get off 101.
                Give Viansa and Jacuzzi a pass and go just a bit further, it'll be well worth it.

              2. Melanie Wong RE: mojohnston Feb 2, 2011 01:41 PM

                You can get to Woodside Vineyards in 45 minutes. If tasting is your objective rather than touring, there are collective tasting rooms in the City.

                Woodside Vineyards
                340 Kings Mountain Rd, Woodside, CA

                1. Melanie Wong RE: mojohnston Feb 4, 2011 11:03 AM

                  Just got an email from La Honda Winery in Redwood City for its special tasting event on February 19, so that's another one that's close by. Bottle your own wine for $5/bottle if you bring your own glass.

                  La Honda Winery
                  2645 Fair Oaks Ave, Redwood City, CA 94063

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                    ernie in berkeley RE: Melanie Wong Feb 4, 2011 11:06 AM

                    And A Donkey and a Goat is having a release party on March 5:


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                      Windy RE: Melanie Wong Feb 5, 2011 07:23 AM

                      La Nebbia in Half Moon Bay is having its next bottle and cork for $5/bottle on Feb 12.

                    2. Tripeler RE: mojohnston Feb 4, 2011 06:00 PM

                      Has anyone been out to the winery on Treasure Island? I read an article about it, but the web site has little information in detail.

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