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Aileron Girl Apr 5, 2012 11:41 PM

Hello Fellow Foodies,

Does anyone out there have recommendations for boutique and/or off the beaten path wineries. I'm partial to reds.

Thanks!

  1. mr_morcilla May 22, 2012 08:35 PM

    Newish and ON the beaten path, but not blitzed with cab-sauv tourists yet: Vino Velo, a tasting room cum bike jersey museum on Hwy 29 at the south end of St. Helena. It's owned by the family that owns CLIF Family vineyards (and CLIF Bars).
    It's in an old farmhouse, has a nice garden, cool bike stuff, and the wine is very good, better than most of what the big wineries pour for the general public.

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      ceekskat Apr 8, 2012 10:36 AM

      Tulocay...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/813883. Haven't been but this post has piqued my interest.

      We also love Keenan & Neal Family Vineyards. Both offer nice reds in the affordable & splurge range.

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        liuzhen Apr 7, 2012 08:04 PM

        Tons of good info on this site. I did some research not that long ago and still have lots of threads saved:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/799567
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/710236
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/695266
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/624614
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/535200
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/569235
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/399689

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          goldangl95 Apr 6, 2012 07:41 AM

          Tons of topics on this already and recently. Please let us know your budget range per bottle, and whether you are willing to schedule appointments. Please check these threads out and let us know if you have further questions:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841744
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841105
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837494

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            stebro Apr 7, 2012 12:16 AM

            One that is off the beaten track is Patz and Hall. They make excellent Pinot Noir. They also offer more elaborate tastings if you reserve in advance. Their tasting room is in an office park, so you won't get a winery experience or be surrounded by beautiful scenery.

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            dubbfoolio Apr 6, 2012 07:35 AM

            I really liked the wines at Frog's Leap. They use a dry irrigation method, which is environmental and results in better grapes. It's a former Frog farm. The zin was good and affordable enough to bring a bottle home. The people weren't pretentious, a big plus in Napa valley.

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