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Oct 23, 2012 05:40 PM


Going to be visiting Sonoma in a couple of weeks for the first time in 15 years. Would love to know your not to miss wineries.

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  1. Wine touring/tasting gets discussed often on the San Francisco Bay Area board. You might want to do a search there. I am sure you will find many helpful suggestions there.

    Here is an example of what you can find on that board:

    1. This recent thread on this very board should help. They've done their research and have good ideas. Note many of the wineries listed are appointment only:

      1. An under-the-radar winery I tried and liked was Red Car. They're cater corner to Merry Edwards in Sebastopol.
        I have some notes here:

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        1. re: SteveTimko

          I was at Red Car a few months back and was pretty disappointed. Pardon the pun, but it doesn't appear they "weather'd" the 2010 vintage all that well. Very little depth of flavor.

          1. re: goldangl95

            In general, the 2010s are thin, and lack a depth of flavor. I tasted probably 30 today, and the vintage -- as a whole -- is a lightweight one. The 2009s are beauties, though.

        2. I'm a huge fan of Sonoma Cutrer chardonnays plus they have a beautiful facility on Slusser Road in Windsor. Also Vision Cellars Pinots (they're very close by Sonoma-Cutrer) and Iron Horse sparklings. Those are my three "must stops" in Sonoma. You'll need an appointment for all three, but that's easy enough to do by going to their web sites and emailing or calling ahead.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            we went in jan. and the "mid-winter" festival was taking place. went to many places. all had the wine tasting and food. Preston vinery stands out as they served asparagus ravioli. there was one place (can't think of the name eek!) and the tasting was in a tee pee. the owner only did reds and it was outstanding. we did a B&B in Healdsburg, ca. (i liked stoping at "caynon road" vinery cause GIGI was working....alas the wife said "we are done..lets go").
            and dont forget NAPA is a 4 letter word....well thats what they told me..

            1. re: halochef

              While still in the trade, I long used the tag line in my personal emails, "Napa is just a four-letter word the rest of us in the wine trade have to live with."

              Several Sonoma wineries will tell you that, "NAPA makes auto parts."