Special winery in Sonoma for Anniversary celebration
We will be visiting the Sonoma area for the 3rd time in a few weeks. Our 2nd anniversary is July 4th and having been to the area before I am looking for that one special place we could spend a few hours on that day. We will be in the Russian River Valley area as well as closer to downtown Sonoma. Driving is not a problem. Basically looking for a smaller (maybe family owned) winery that can either do a special tasting that is not touristy and will focus on us. We love pinot noir, sparkling, and my husband loves Zin.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
I really enjoyed the Mayo Reserve Room food/wine pairing when I visited a couple of years ago. The pairings were well thought out.
It was $25/pp then, the web site does not list the current price. Although it is described as 7 courses, each course is an hors d'oeuvre size of two or three bites. This is not a full meal, maybe a light lunch for some, or a mid afternoon snack before a later dinner.
The newly redone Ram's Gate sounds like it might be worth looking into - they do a special course of food and wine sit-down pairings, it's quite beautiful there, very pastoral and well laid-out. The short time we spent there was pretty great, and I would love to go back and try the whole food and wine thing.
LBorr.......since you love pinot and zinfandel, I would hate to see you not take advantage of the Russian River Valley, which is a truly world class growing area for those two varietals. I think you should investigate Woodenhead, Scherrer, and Radio-Coteau. You will have to call both Radio-Coteau and Scherrer to make an appointment, but you will have to do that anyway since you are working around the July 4th holiday and some places that would normally be open will be closed. Another place to visit is Rochioli, as it is historic, and while it can be difficult to buy wines at their tasting room, it is worth a drop-by just to see the vines that spread out from the tasting room. Rochioli's vineyards would be "gran crus" if we classified things that way in California. Don't miss out on "west county" (RRV), as it is much superior to anything you will find near the town of Sonoma.
Pinotho- Would you mind taking a look at my list for RRV wineries. I am sure we cannot get to all of them, but just let me know if there are any you would add or delete...Thanks!
LBorr......happy to......from your list:
and I would add Radio-Coteau, and Dehlinger would definitely be on anyone's list. I didn't mention Dehlinger before, because it can be difficult. But if you have ever bought wine from them, meaning you are on their mailing list, you might could score an appointment. But Tom Dehlinger's wines are so good that you should try even against long odds. All they can say is no, and at least they are polite about it. Ask for Carmen Dehlinger. Oh yeah, if you make it to Papapietro-Perry, be sure to check and see if Ant Hill Winery is still sharing their premises. If so, you might get to taste two different wineries at the same location.