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dkg2utoo Jul 15, 2012 10:05 PM

We are planning a visit to Healdsburg and would like to have a picnic at a winery.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks.

  1. maria lorraine Jul 22, 2012 10:24 PM

    There are some rules:

    Call first and get permission.
    No big spreads, limit it to four people.
    You must check in at the tasting room.
    You must buy wine.
    Clean up your mess.
    No drunken frivolity.

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      arugulove Jul 22, 2012 09:31 AM

      Truett Hurst is my favorite place to picnic. The wine is so-so, but there's a few good ones there, and the grounds are just beautiful.

      Mazzocco, Bella, Amista, and Medlock Ames would all be nice places for a picnic too.

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      1. re: arugulove
        ...tm... Jul 22, 2012 07:09 PM

        I agree that Truett Hurst has okay wines and is great for a picnic. I've seen salmon in the creek there twice.

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        Ian F Jul 16, 2012 09:11 PM

        Preston is nice, especially if you like cats.

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          ernie in berkeley Jul 16, 2012 02:08 PM

          Nalle in Dry Creek has a nice picnic area and good wines.

          Rochioli near Hop Kiln has a spectacular picnic area, but you might not find wines for sale there.

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            BAnders Jul 16, 2012 08:36 AM

            Lambert Bridge

            1. Robert Lauriston Jul 16, 2012 08:31 AM

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/539624

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                Janet Jul 15, 2012 11:39 PM

                This site can answer all your questions.

                http://www.napavintners.com/maps/maps...

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                  wally Jul 16, 2012 06:44 AM

                  Healdsburg is in Sonoma, not Napa.

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                    wolfe Jul 16, 2012 07:21 AM

                    Picky, picky.,picky. Hop Kiln.

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                      goldangl95 Jul 16, 2012 08:44 AM

                      Hop Kiln in my mind has one of the worst QPR (quality to price ratio) of any winery in Sonoma. They are $20 to $40 a bottle, and their wine tastes to me like something you could easily pick up at random from Safeway. *shrug* Grounds are nice, building is interesting, staff is fine, but it's just not very good.

                      A recent thread on picnic areas:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/831904

                      1. re: goldangl95
                        Robert Lauriston Jul 16, 2012 08:49 AM

                        If a winery's a good spot for a picnic, all I really care is that they have one good picnic wine. Hop Kiln's Thousand Flowers blend is, at least most years.

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