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Best Cheaper Wine Tastings in Napa/Sonoma

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sdiddy Dec 15, 2011 03:21 PM

Hello all I am taking my family up to napa for the holidays and we are looking for cute, small, and rustic wineries to visit where the tasting fees are around $10 or less each. I know some of the good wineries can charge anywhere up to $50 for a tasting, which wont work for this group. But we also dont like the huge mass produced wineries much either. Any recommendation for small and charming and cheaper places? thanks!!

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    Allfrog68 RE: sdiddy Dec 15, 2011 11:03 PM

    I think the Alexander Valley around Healdsburg is a great area. Lower price tastings, great wineries, beautiful scenery, and little to no crowds. Depending on your location it's not a whole lot farther.

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      ceekskat RE: sdiddy Dec 16, 2011 07:30 AM

      DH & I often split a tasting; otherwise, I wouldn't even last 'til dinner.

      Some of the best cabs in Napa are at Neal Family Vineyards. Small, beautiful winery on Howell Mountain with free tasting *if* you keep your appointment.

      Keenan Winery - nice wines in a laid back, rustic setting & $10pp.

      Elyse - $15pp?

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        Archie25 RE: sdiddy Dec 30, 2011 06:42 AM

        If you have a Visa signature credit card you can get free wine tastings and discounts at wineries in Sonoma. It is a fabulous deal and there are about 60 wineries that participate.

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          Nemopuss RE: Archie25 Jan 14, 2012 11:04 PM

          Archie25, this sounds interesting. I will be visiting that region in end Jan/Feb and wouldlike to know how I find out more information about this and which 60 wineries it includes.

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            DavidT RE: Nemopuss Jan 15, 2012 06:46 AM

            Here is a link to info on the VISA card Sonoma wine tastings:

            http://usa.visa.com/personal/visa-sig...

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