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Best wineries to visit in Nap Valley and Sonoma for high quality Chardonnays

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We are interested in visiting places that offer tastings of high quality chardonnays that also have interesting surroundings if possible. Our price range is generally $20 to $50 but still would appreciate at least tasting something we would not ordinarily purchase.

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  1. In Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley region grows a lot of fine Chardonnay. Most everything would also be within your price range. It is also an exceptionally beautiful area.

    Also, it's close to the town of Healdsburg which has a lot of options for dining and shopping.

    http://www.alexandervalley.org/map/di...

    1. In Napa, the pinnacle by all Chard lovers I know ('cuz I can't stand the stuff) is Rombauer.

      1. Hard not to mention Chateau Montelena. After all, you could argue their Chardonnay beating the french is what originally put the US on the world stage from a wine perspective. VERY interesting surroundings with Jade lake on the property and the chateau-style buildings.

        1. Most of the best Chards are in Sonoma.

          Martinelli
          Hartford (upper level stuff)
          Landmark (upper level stuff)

          all should work

          1. I have discovered that I really enjoy French and Italian Chardonnay, especially Burgundy Chardonnay. With that in mind, I don’t enjoy most CA Chard, but Keenan in the Spring Mountain District of the Napa Valley is an exception. To me, its balance, light oak and non-malolatic fermentation make the fruit flavors really shine.
            http://www.keenanwinery.com/current-r...