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DAY TRIPS

Spring/Summer 2011

Sonoma County Wine Country

10 Fun Wine Tasting Trips with


51 Preferred Tasting Room Reviews

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51 TASTING ROOM REVIEWS


Acorn Winery 32 DeLoach Vineyards 44
Anaba Wines 64 Dry Creek Vineyards 14
Armida Winery 16 Dutcher Crossing Winery 10
Arrowood Winery 56 Dutton Estate Winery 38
Asti Winery 25 Eric Ross Winery 59
B.R. Cohn 57 Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery 9
Balletto Vineyard 39 Forchini Vineyards & Winery 11
Boisset Taste of Terroir 21 Freestone Vineyards 37
Cellars of Sonoma 47 Hawkes Wine - Healdsburg 27
Chalk Hill Estate 35 Hawkes Tasting Room – Sonoma 62
Charles Creek Vineyard 63 Hook & Ladder Winery 46
Chateau St. Jean 51 Hop Kiln Winery 18
Christopher Creek Winery 33 Jacuzzi Family Vineyards 66
Cline Cellars 65 Kendall-Jackson Healdsburg 20
De La Montanya Vineyards & Winery 17 Kendall-Jackson Wine Center 41
Ledson Winery & Vineyards 49
A Publication of Martin Ray Winery 43
Matanzas Creek Winery 54
Mayo Family Winery 55
Medlock Ames 28
Mercury Wines 26
Merriam Vineyards 34
Moondance Cellars 58
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Mountain Terraces Vineyards 60
669 Broadway, Suite B • Sonoma, CA 95476 Peterson Family Winery 13
P.O. Box 92 • El Verano, CA 95433
707-938-3494 Fax 707-938-3674 Rodney Strong Vineyards 31
PUBLISHER Mike Giangreco Russian Hill Estate 42
Direct (707) 938-3734 St. Francis Winery & Vineyards 50
mike@winecountrythisweek.com
SALES REPRESENTATIVE Margaret Villarreal, 707-338-2894
Sbragia Family Vineyards 8
winecountrytw@comcast.net Simi Winery 29
MANAGING EDITOR Chandra Grant Stephen & Walker Winery 23
Phone 707-938-1783 • Fax 707-938-3674
chandra@winecountrythisweek.com Suncé Winery 45
OFFICE MANAGER Cathy Gore Topel Tasting Room 22
Phone 707-938-3494 • Fax 707-938-3674
Email cathy@winecountrythisweek.com Truett Hurst Winery 12
EDITORIAL Introductions by Abigail Zimmerman VJB Vineyards & Winery 52
CONTRIBUTORS Michelle J. Baker Viansa Winery 67
James Marshall Berry
Brendan Conroy
Ronda Giangreco Index & Winery Varietals 68-69

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Charles Neave
Sue Straight, The Wine Wench
Sonoma County Wineries Map 70-71

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Notes on Wine Tasting
It’s a good idea to plan to visit several wineries as every
wine-tasting experience offered is different. With so many
distinctive viticultural areas, one can easily taste many of
the world’s best varietials and winemaking styles without
learning the region. Listed below are five basic types of
tasting experiences. The experience will vary in style from
winery to winery.
Wine Bar Tasting
The most common tasting experience is a Wine Bar
Tasting. You step up to the bar where typically a list of
wines being poured is displayed. Expect to pay a tasting
fee between $10-$40. Some tasting bars will offer you the
option to taste a library or reserve wine. Exercising this
option increases the fee, but will allow you to taste very
unique, old or rare wines.
Sit Down Tasting
A Sit Down Tasting usually requires an appointment
and there may be a slightly higher fee than a wine bar fee.
Seated in an elegant room, you are poured several wines
by your winery host. Expect your host to describe the
unique characteristics of each wine and how it was made.
Table Service Tasting
A Table Service Tasting, popular at sparkling wine fa-
cilities, is a tasting experience where you are seated at a ery to pour the first round. Then you move to another
table and the tastings are brought to you. place within the winery to sample the next wine. This ex-
perience continues until all the wines are tasted.
Walk Around Tasting
A Walk Around Tasting is a combination of a tour and Barrel Tasting
a tasting. Your host brings along several bottles of wine on Another popular tasting experience that can be part
your tour, and may take you to a garden area of the win- of a tour or a Walk Around is a Barrel Tasting. Your guide
takes a “wine thief,” a special siphon placed into a hole in
the top of a barrel to extract tasting samples of a matur-
ing wine. The sample allows you to taste what the wine
is like in the middle of developing its full potential.
Why make an appointment?
Some wineries are so small that they need to know
when you are coming so someone will be there to greet
you. Other wineries have permit restrictions that limit
the number of guests that can visit each day. Others have
sit-down tastings that start and end at specific times. It’s
always a good idea to schedule your appointments well in
advance of your visit because some of the more popular
wineries fill up their appointments weeks in advance.

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Do the Math
One of the questions most asked when it comes to wine is how much of this does it take to make that, and so on. We won’t
pretend that it’s simple, but here are some industry statistics that will give a pretty good answer to that query. As with any-
thing agricultural, of course, they are all based on countless variables when it comes to acre yields, but this is a good starting
point. The rest of the information varies little if at all.

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A case of wine includes:
…a dozen 750 ml bottles
(or 24 half bottles)
or 307.2 ounces total,
which comes from
30 pounds of grapes.
A single bottle contains:
…750 ml of wine which is 25.6 ounces made
from about 2.4 pounds of grapes (39 oz.) and is
enough for four or maybe five glasses.

An acre of vineyard land can give the grower:


…five tons of grapes (though it is also less, depend-
ing on a variety of farming and winemaking
practices, and on the varietal and the vineyard
One standard oak barrel of wine holds: location) which will give you 797 gallons of juice
…295 bottles of wine (or 59 gallons) made from 740 pounds of grapes (or thirteen-and-a-half barrels) which is pretty close
which works out to almost – but not precisely –30 cases of wine. to four thousand bottles of wine.

What does all that information on a wine label mean?


The U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms regulates wine
XYZ Winery labels and requires that information be given in a straightforward
way. Basically, you will want to look for the types of grapes grown,
where the grapes are grown and when the grapes were picked.
RESERVE
• Brand name
Dry Creek • Designation for a special wine
Sonoma County • Vineyard or appellation known for its grapes might be designated
• Location where the grapes used were grown
ZINFANDEL • Grape Variety used
2002 • Vintage year in which the grapes were picked
• Location where the wine was made and/or bottled
Produced and Bottled by
(Not to be confused with the area the grapes are grown.)
XYZ winery, Healdsburg, California
• Alcohol content may be stated or the the label may simply say
"Table Wine”
ALCOHOL 14.6% BY VOLUME

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Heading to the Tasting Room
Do not be intimidated for any car or on a plane, buy a card-
reason. That is rule number one board box with Styrofoam wine
(and there are very few real rules inserts. Fill it during the day and
after that). For the most part, this keeps wine from rolling
going wine tasting is about the around in the trunk.
easiest thing in the world, espe- Check out the smaller winer-
cially here in Northern California ies. It is a revelation.
where wineries and tasting Take notes on the wines you
rooms abound. You can find most enjoyed.
wineries specializing in red Take advantage of tours
wines of all types, those that are Twomey Cellars when the winery offers them, but
famous for their white wines and keep in mind that they take any-
others who pour sparkling wine. It is a matter of doing a where from 20 minutes to well over an hour, so one a day
little research and planning your day. is plenty.
Most tasting rooms open around 10 a.m. and close be- Buy wines that you can only find at the winery. These
tween 4:30 and 6 p.m. As a rule sparkling wine houses are often include smaller (375 ml) bottles of limited produc-
opened the latest. Before you start off pack a few essen- tion Ports or dessert wines. Don’t buy a wine you can get
tials: Water (plenty of water) and something to snack on at a supermarket back home. You’ll pay more, and besides,
– crackers or a baguette. Many wineries have picnic areas what’s the point?
and there are plenty of delis and bakeries that can make up Look for tasting rooms in towns. Many of these are co-
a lunch for you, or make your own. Which brings us to operative tasting rooms, where in one place you might find
eating and drinking, the kind that doesn’t directly involve wines from a dozen or more small-to-medium premium
wine. producers. They are scattered throughout the area and
Be sure to nibble during the day and make sure you more are opening all the time.
make time for lunch. Two tips: drink at least twice as much Don’t give too much thought to ratings and vintages.
water as you do wine, and remember that you don’t have It’s like art: if you like it, it’s a good wine. It is as simple as
to drink everything poured into your glass. There is a rea- that.
son tasting bars have dump buckets and a pitcher of water Remember that you don’t have to do the driving. It
to wash out your glass. takes no more than a phone call to rent anything from a
That said, here are some tips that have proven to be Town Car or restored Packard convertible to stretch limos
helpful and are designed to help make the sensory adven- and a 20-passenger bus. All have drivers that will stow
ture of wine tasting all the more enjoyable. your wine for you and the local companies know the area.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Time and time again As to taking that wine home, ten people sharing one of
I have heard knowledgeable winery workers say that there those impossibly long limousines is fine and fun, but if you
is no such thing as a stupid question, and they mean that. all plan to buy a couple of cases the trunk – which is no
You can drink what you want, in the order you want. bigger than a normal luxury cars – is going to fill up fast
If you only like reds, say so; if you don’t like sweet wines, and you’re going to find yourself filling the interior floor
speak up. But the idea of starting with whites, then going with boxes and using cases of Cabernet as footrest.
on to reds and then sweet wines is a good guide. Tell the transportation company what you have in
Zinfandel is red. I am sure you know that but it never mind and listen to their advice. They know the territory
hurts to remind everyone. and the people and personalities.
If there is a particular wine you want to try and it is Know your limits. If you get close to it let others taste
not on the list, ask. There might be a bottle around that and you can listen. It beats ending the day in a blur, and if
was opened for a trade tasting or by the winemaker. Most need be calling a taxi is cheaper than the alternative.
tasting rooms are happy to pour a little if you show en- And if at a seated tasting, don’t be afraid to leave a gra-
tuity. It’s more than worth the five or ten dollars to get

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thusiasm.
If you plan to take wine home with you, either in the wisdom – and wine – and a great time. BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek wine country is one of the smallest enclosed
American Viticultural Areas in the nation, only 16 miles long
and two miles wide. With 9,300 acres of vineyard along this
beautiful valley’s floor, Dry Creek is a “must see” for first-time
and veteran wine lovers. Dry Creek boasts 63 wineries
producing a diverse range of wines from the famed Zinfandel
to Bordeaux and even Mediterranean varietals.
Don’t let its small size fool you… Dry Creek winemakers
have been growing grapes and making great wines for more
than 135 years!

THINGS TO DO
Lake Sonoma Hatchery
3333 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville
(707) 433-9483, www.parks.sonoma.net
Located in the beautiful foothills of Northern Sonoma
County, Lake Sonoma is surrounded by vineyards and While you’re here – don’t miss the beautiful gardens of Ferrari-Carano this time of year!
land rich in history. Here, visitors can observe the operation
of the hatchery and see displays which describe the life
cycle of the coho salmon, steelhead and chinook. TO
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Dry Creek Olive Oil, 4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg


Cloverdale
(707) 431-7200, www.DryCreekOliveCompany.com
Rooted in traditions as rich as the Dry Creek Soil, Dry
Creek Olive Oil Company is your destination for artisan,
very fine, extra-virgin olive oils.
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to Truett Hurst 2.5 miles
hospitality in this relaxing, romantic environment. to Forchini >0.5 mile
to Peterson Family .5 miles
Hope Merrill & Hope Bosworth B&B to Dry Creek 1.5 miles
Total 8 miles
21253 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
(707) 857-3356, www.hope-inns.com
Once an early stage-coach stop, these now two strikingly Not to scale

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restored Queen Anne Craftsman homes welcome you with
open arms. Truly where wine and romance intertwine!

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Ed and Adam Sbragia

If you are planning a visit to Sonoma County and Healdsburg


in particular, do not miss a visit to Sbragia Family Vineyards! PLAN AHEAD
It’s less than 10 miles out on Dry Creek Road from downtown Visitors are encouraged to purchase wine by the glass (or
Healdsburg. This is a very special place; well worth the trip! by the bottle), pick out some snacks from the deli case
and relax at one of the many outside picnic tables.
The cellar is downstairs, with large windows providing a
view into the inner workings of the winery. The tasting room is LITTLE KNOWN FACT
upstairs, with a large covered patio that wraps around the back, Owner/founder Ed Sbragia is the only winemaker to have
providing a breathtaking view of the Dry Creek Valley’s vine- won awards for crafting both the best red wine and the
yards and redwood studded hills. best white wine in the world!
The tasting room is bright with windows looking out onto
the valley. There is a vast assortment of tastefully displayed VARIETALS
wine-related merchandise. Freshly cut flowers from the family’s Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and
garden are artfully arranged around the tasting room. As well Cabernet Sauvignon
as growing beautiful flowers they also have a wonderful
PRIVATE EVENTS
produce garden too!
Sbragia’s event center can accommodate up to 350
There is a $5 tasting fee to taste four wines and a $10 guests. There is a state-of-the-art professional kitchen,
tasting fee to taste four of the reserve Cabernet Sauvignons. which is a caterer’s dream, not to mention the stunning
Tasting fees are refundable with your purchase. The wines are views and world-class wines which will make it an event
wonderful! no one will forget!
Private tours and tastings are available by appointment.
Sbragia Family Vineyards has a lovely private tasting room, PRIVATE TOURS
“The Ark,” which is named after their historic family Private tours and tastings are available by appointment.
bar/restaurant on the Russian River in Healdsburg, where
visitors can enjoy wine and food pairings, vertical flights and Sbragia Family Vineyards
other memorable experiences.
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The saying here at Sbragia is, “The only thing better than
the view is the wine!” Come see for yourself! 9990 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
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Inside Villa Fiore, the magnificent Italian-style villa
that serves as Ferrari-Carano’s hospitality center, guests DID YOU KNOW...
Ferrari-Carano has a tasting bar and boutique on the Healdsburg
will find a world of tasting opportunities. On the main
Plaza? “Seasons of the Vineyard” features wines from Ferrari-
floor wine shop and tasting room, guests may taste many Carano and Lazy Creek … fantastic Anderson Valley Pinot Noir!
brand new releases of Ferrari-Carano’s Classic Wines in
addition to the Villa Fiore wines, which are only avail- SPECIAL TOURS AND PRIVATE TASTINGS
able at the winery. Take your sample and browse the Winery tours are by appointment, Monday through Saturday,
10 a.m., based on availability. Seven different private tasting
shop’s extensive selection of gifts and souvenirs,
opportunities are available by appointment, seven days a week
including many great wine and cookbooks, housewares at 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m, also based on availability.
and wine country home décor.
Downstairs in the cellar, the luxurious Enoteca offers WHAT TO TASTE
guests Ferrari-Carano’s Limited Release and Reserve For the classic tasting, Pinot Grigio, Fumé Blanc, Chardonnay,
Bella Luce (aromatic white blend), Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot,
Wines. Try a flight of lovely Russian River Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon and Siena (Tuscan-inspired red blend).
Chardonnays, or compare the two delicious PreVail In the Enoteca , Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Sauvignons that hail from the winery’s two PreVail and dessert wines.
mountain ranches in Alexander Valley.
Guests are welcome to stroll the enclosed garden, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery
which has a meandering path and foot bridges along a Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
rippling stream that empty into fish-filled ponds. The 8761 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
garden has more than 2,000 species of trees and shrubs, www.ferrari-carano.com
all marked with informative identification tags, including For tours and private tastings, call (707) 433-6700
some of the few successfully growing Portuguese cork
trees in the area. Art lovers will also find bronze sculp-
Seasons of the Vineyard
tures from world-renowned artists such as Dennis Smith, Open Tuesday - Sunday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Douglas Van Howd and Jane DeDecker throughout the 113 Plaza Street, Healdsburg • (707) 431-2222
gardens. By Michelle J. Baker Look for them on Facebook and Twitter!

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18,000 bulbs are planted annually. It makes for a beautiful color display in the spring.

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Dutcher Crossing Winery has everything a wine-loving
visitor could hope for – delicious, reasonably priced wines, a PLAN AHEAD
beautiful tasting room staffed with friendly and knowledgeable The picnic area is lovely and its views of the
employees, a gorgeous picnic area with stunning views of Dry Creek Valley are breathtaking. There are
Dry Creek Valley and a winery dog to welcome you. six picnic tables under a wisteria-covered arbor.
Let’s start outside – you pull into the parking lot and notice The colorful, fragrant landscaping and manicured
the beautiful landscaping surrounding the brown, barn-like lawns will make you want to kick off your shoes
building that is the winery and tasting room. A flagstone path and stay a while.
leads you through a riot of colorful flowers to a breezeway that
separates the winery from the tasting room. Glass doors pro- VARIETALS
vide a view into the barrel room and winery. Most likely, you’ll Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel,
be greeted by Dutchess, a sweet, tail-wagging yellow Labrador Syrah, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Port
Retriever, owned by Dutcher Crossing Winery’s Proprietor,
Debra Mathy. ANOTHER FUN FACT
The tasting room is large, bright and airy, with high Winemaker, Kerry Damskey is known as
ceilings, glossy wood floors and tasteful décor. A vintage “the Indiana Jones of the wine world.”
high-wheeled bicycle (used as the winery’s logo) sits against a
wall, beckoning to be ridden (well, I was tempted to try to ride LITTLE KNOWN FACT
it, but I restrained myself). A selection of non-wine items is Dutcher Crossing’s self-appointed greeter and
available for browsing as you sip and stroll around the room. mascot Dutchess is a rescue dog. Owner, Debra Mathy
During the week, there is a $5 tasting fee (waived for wine transported her all the way back from Taiwan!
club members) to sample a variety of six wines, and on week-
ends a $10 reserve tasting is available as well. Dutcher Crossing Winery
Winemaker Kerry Damskey does a wonderful job crafting Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
these wines! I tasted a few wines during my visit and they were 8533 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
all excellent! www.dutchercrossingwinery.com
Taste some great wines, pet a friendly dog, relax and stay a (707) 431-2700
while! by Sue Straight, The Wine Wench Look for Dutcher Crossing on Facebook.

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Just north of Healdsburg, a few miles out Dry Creek of the tasting room.
Road is a very special place, where you’ll feel like part of Forchini Vineyards has been growing premium vari-
the family. Turn at the Bacchus sign, drive up the narrow, ety wine grapes since 1971. There are two properties –
winding, rosemary-edged driveway and you’ve arrived at the Dry Creek Bench (where the winery and tasting room
Forchini Vineyards & Winery. You’ll be greeted by at least are located) is comprised of 67 acres and is planted to
two happy, tail-wagging dogs, which will escort you to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Carignane, Petit
the tasting room. Verdot and Zinfandel with 13
Forchini Vineyards & Win- acres of 100-year-old Zinfandel
ery is a family-run winery that
Forchini Vineyards & Winery remaining. The Russian River
produces only estate grown Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Terrace is comprised of 24 acres
and bottled wines. Owned by or by appointment and is planted to Chardonnay,
Jim and Anita Forchini, Jim is 5141 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir and
the winemaker, Andrew For- (707) 431-8886 • www.forchini.com Zinfandel with four acres of 90-
chini is the vineyard manager, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, year-old Zinfandel remaining.
Michael and Carla Forchini Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel The winery was built in 1996
lend a hand with marketing, and produces 3000 cases per
Bring a lunch to compliment your tasting and be
special events and in the tast- surrounded by the beautiful vineyards, rose gardens, year.
ing room. You can’t get more Italian fountains and exceptional views. Let’s talk about the wines – I
family-operated than that! tasted two wines during my
The building, surrounding picnic area and vineyards visit and they were both excellent! The 2007 Pinot Noir,
look as if they are right out of an Italian landscape – Proprietor’s Reserve is a classic, with aromas and flavors
stucco walls, tile roofs, splashing fountains, flower gar- of black cherry, strawberry, baking spices and vanilla, all
dens and vineyard-striped hills delight the senses. Just wrapped up in a silky-smooth mouthfeel. The 2006 Old
wait until you taste the wines – then your senses will be Vine Zinfandel, Proprietor’s Reserve is also wonderful,
delighted even further! with abundant blackberry, raspberry, bramble and pep-
Once inside the main building, you feel as if you are pery spice aromas and flavors. It is big and bold in the
in someone’s comfortable home. There is a large dining mouth and almost too easy to drink!
room, with a table ready to serve eight, a fully appointed You really should visit this beautiful, comfortable,
kitchen, an office and the tasting room which is deco- delicious winery! The tasting room is open 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
rated in warm tones with faux-painted walls, wood Friday – Sunday and by appointment. For more infor-

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flooring and a granite-topped oak bar. Behind the bar, a mation, call (707) 431-8886 or visit their website at
portrait of Bacchus, the god of wine, is the central focus www.forchini.com. by Sue Straight, The Wine Wench

www.WineCountryThisWeek.com Dry Creek Valley


Set in the heart of Dry Creek Valley is a special estate called
Truett Hurst. As you drive in, the sheep and goat pasture is the VARIETALS
Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir
first indication that this is not in any way your average winery.
Vineyards are flanked by habitat islands for birds and beneficial PLAN AHEAD
insects, and there are bluebird and owl boxes. Maintaining On most Saturdays they have live music from some fine
biodiversity and habitat are part of the farming philosophy local musicians who deliver everything from a jazz-
here. Their commitment to responsible stewardship of this swing vibe to a third-world groove to Americana and
some classic tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. There
property is matched by the passion with which they handcraft
may even be something from the grill to munch on
award-winning Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir. while you take it all in.
The wines are made by fermenting grapes in small, open-
top stain fermenters. The grapes are punched down during SPECIAL TASTING
fermentation, rather than pumped over, allowing for gentle ex- Tell them in the tasting room that Luci the black goat
sent you and you can taste the special Zinfandel that’s
traction of color and flavor components, while avoiding bitter
named after her.
tannins. Then wines are barrel aged in approximately 30% new
French oak, until the flavors and structure of the wine perfectly FUN FACT
balance. The result: big, bold, textured wines with lots of spice A 60-year-old olive grove, a four-acre chef’s garden and
and jammy fruit. the beautiful Dry Creek (which, by the way, is never dry)
are all part of the estate.
You can savor these wines in one of the most comfortable
and relaxing wineries in the valley. You have a choice of
Adirondack chairs down by the creek where you may see Steel- Truett Hurst Winery
head or Coho salmon. Or hang out on the patio and listen to Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
music while enjoying the sublime scenery of Dry Creek, or 5610 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
enjoy a picnic or a slow lunch in the olive grove. If this is not (707) 433-9545 • www.truetthurst.com
enough, you’ll always be served by the friendly wine pourers
who will make you feel right at home in this inviting tasting Follow Truett Hurst Winery
room. on Facebook and Twitter.

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Fred Peterson (grape grower and father) has been grow-
ing wine grapes and making wine in Dry Creek Valley for VARIETALS
more than 20 years. Jamie Peterson (winemaker and son) Zinfandels, Syrah, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon
Blanc, Muscat Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignons & blends
has been around wine and the wine business his whole life.
These guys work hard, yet they don’t take themselves PLAN AHEAD
too seriously. The result of their labors is delicious, reason- Open for tasting Friday-Monday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
ably priced wines with a casual, comfortable environment to Tuesday-Thursday by appointment. When available,
enjoy them in. Jamie loves giving visitors tours of the winery and
offering sips straight from the barrel. Give yourself at
The Petersons call their approach to grape growing and least an hour to visit this special place.
winemaking “Zero Manipulation,” meaning that they cap-
ture the essence of vintage and vineyard with a low-tech, LITTLE KNOWN FACT
yet high-touch methodology. It’s all about the vineyards at Peterson Winery releases as many as twelve different
Peterson Winery (which Fred farms in a sustainable man- wines annually, and sometimes more. Currently they have
four different Zinfandels, two Cabernet Sauvignons, a
ner). Simply put, they let the grapes do the talking. Bordeaux blend, plus several other current releases.
Let’s talk about the wines. I tasted a handful of excellent
wines during my visit. The following were my favorites: FUN FACT
2007 Zinfandel Tradizionale, Dry Creek Valley ($29): Friendly winery cats, Red & Whitey are always nearby
Mouthwatering aromas and flavors of blackberry and rasp- for a pet – they love visitors!
berry are enhanced by a touch of savory herbs. Balanced
and juicy in the mouth. This is a big, rustic, friendly Zin. Peterson Winery
2007 Syrah, Gravity Flow Block ($48): This wine is big,
Open Friday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
balanced and intense, with abundant aromas and flavors of Tuesday-Thursday by appointment
blackberry, plum, coffee and peppery spice, all wrapped up
in a luscious mouthfeel.
4791 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
Don’t miss Peterson Winery! Tell ’em The Wine Wench
www.petersonwinery.com
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Dave Stare, Don & Kim Wallace

Dave Stare, founder of Dry Creek Vineyard, can be charac-


terized as a man of tenacity and vision, unafraid to experiment VARIETALS
to create a new future. A lover of Loire Valley French wines, Chenin Blanc, Fumé Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,
Dave’s vision was to make excellent Fumé Blanc (Sauvignon Petite Zin Rosé, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Blanc) and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley style in California. and Meritage
His new winery, founded in 1972, was the first to be built in
the Dry Creek Valley since the era of Prohibition. He had no GOOD TO KNOW
one else’s expertise or experience to draw on, and many pre-
Do-not-miss wines include the highly acclaimed
dicted that he would fail, but failure was not in Dave Stare’s
2007 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel and the delicious
makeup. His young daughter Kim was with him to help turn
over the first shovel of dirt for the winery’s foundation, and she 2009 Fumé Blanc. Chilled wines are available for your
is still side-by-side with her father as she and husband Don after-tasting picnic on the lawn. Also remember many
Wallace have become the second generation of the family to of their wines are available only at the tasting room.
carry on the tradition of fine wines made from Sonoma County
grapes. CELEBRITY FACT
Although the winery’s flagship wines are still the outstand- You might notice glamorous photos in the tasting room
ing Fumé Blanc and Chenin Blanc (the only wine whose grapes of Kim Stare Wallace in the company of A-list movie stars.
come from outside Sonoma County), Dry Creek now makes That’s because for eleven years (and counting), Dry Creek
many other varieties, including excellent Chardonnay, Mer- Vineyard has been the official wine poured at the annual
itage, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel as well as a few red-carpet Screen Actors’ Guild award ceremonies.
single-vineyard-designated wines. Many of these wines are
available only at the tasting room, so treat yourself to a visit to
the pioneer winery of Dry Creek Valley. Dry Creek Vineyard
After 39 years, the winery’s stone walls are covered with soft Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
ivy and clinging vines, stately and serene. Inside the tasting
3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg
room, you’ll see many photos and illustrations of sailing boats.
Sailing boats are the primary illustration on the winery’s la-
(707) 433-1000 • www.drycreekvineyard.com
bels, reflecting a life-long passion for sailing shared now by Follow Dry Creek Vineyard
three generations of Stares and Wallaces. on Facebook and Twitter!

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Westside Road
Westside Road is, quite literally, one of the most recommended routes to take for wine tasting THINGS TO DO
in this Russian River Valley AVA. Westside Road is slow and winding, filled with redwood trees, Shoffeitt’s off the Square
heritage oaks with moss beards and famous vineyards. Should you wish to slow down and 208 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
experience wine country up-close-and-personal, Westside Road is your road. (707) 433-5556 • www.shoffeittsoffthesqure.com
This is a shopping mecca of antiques, collectibles, local arts
and gifts, as well as fine & custom jewelry. “Don’t judge a
book by it’s cover” ... the building goes on forever!

Dragonfly, 425 Westside Road, Healdsburg


(707) 433-3739, www.dragonflyfloral.com
By appointment only, this is a unique botany and flower-
lover's destination. They can custom pick and arrange
flowers.

Wohler Bridge, 9765 Wohler Road, Forestville


A true Sonoma County landmark, Wohler Bridge is one of the
few old-old-OLD bridges left in California. This steel truss
bridge crosses the Russian River at quite a beautiful spot, too.

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Located not far from Healdsburg on Westside Road, ArmidaWinery
sits atop a vineyard-striped knoll. Wend your way up the driveway and PLAN AHEAD
you are in for a real treat! To start with, the views from the oak-shaded Bring a picnic, or purchase your cheese, crackers
deck/picnic area and bocce court are unforgettable – the Russian River and other snacks here. Play a little bocce and relax
Valley unfolds before your eyes in a glorious patchwork of vineyards, a while. This is one of the best places in Sonoma
trees and hills, the Mayacama range a majestic backstop. County to have a picnic!
The whole atmosphere at Armida Winery is one of delicious fun,
with a bit of mischief thrown in. The wines are seriously good, but the WHAT TO TASTE
folks at Armida Winery are serious about anti wine-snobbery Don’t miss their single vineyard Zins and Pinots,
The tasting room is light, bright and airy feeling, with an octagonal including PoiZin,“the wine to die for!”
shaped wooden bar that is staffed by friendly and knowledgeable
servers, all of whom have been at Armida for many years. PoiZin FUN FACT
themed gifts are placed everywhere in the artfully merchandised tasting Armida Winery is family owned and they make
room. A full-sized wooden Indian gazes solemnly at visitors as they sip, sure all of their guests feel like family, too!
swirl and shop. Against the back wall, a glass-fronted refrigerator is
well stocked with cheeses, hummus and other picnic fare.
VARIETALS
Armida Winery is a popular stop along the wine road because the Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay,
tasting room is unique, the views are stunning, these folks really know “PoiZin”and“Antidote”
how to show visitors a good time, there is no tasting fee and the wines
ROCK. About the wines – I just had to taste the 2008 PoiZin. It is a
classic Sonoma Zinfandel, loaded with aromas and flavors of ripe black- Armida Winery
berry, plum, caramel, vanilla and peppery spice, with a big, rich
mouthfeel and long, juicy finish. It’s a great deal at $25! Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
I also tasted their 2008 Durrell Vineyard Pinot Noir ($45), which 2201 Westside Road, Healdsburg
was another delicious, varietally correct wine. The nose drew me in, www.armida.com • (707) 433-2222
with mouthwatering hints of rose petal, violet, cherry and baking
For tours & reservations,
spices. These aromas continued as flavors in the oh-so-silky mouth and
on through the finish.
e-mail: info@armida.com
Be sure to visit this unforgettable place and tell them The Wine Follow Armida on
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How does the idea of a picnic and a glass of Pinot, in a pri-
vate peaceful setting outside of a beautiful little redwood barn VARIETALS
located in one of the most idyllic spots in Dry Creek sound? If Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
it’s a taste of fine wine and casual luxury that you’re looking for, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, Tempranillo
and unique blends
then search no further than the De La Montanya
Tasting Room in its Felta Creek Vineyard, just a few minutes from PHILOSOPHY
central Healdsburg on secluded Foreman Lane. Fine winemaking may be serious business, not least when
“If you’re looking to taste some of the most unique red wine producing 4,500 cases that range from offerings of just 25
in Sonoma County, you’re in the right place,” said Dennis to 250 cases per year. Yet De La Montanya and his tight-
De La Montanya, whose wines have yielded an impressive knit winery team take equal pride in their shared
dedication to the art of a laugh and the craft of good liv-
collection of gold medals.
ing.
“We’re small, quaint, hard-to-find and well worth the
effort,” said De La Montanya, one of Dry Creek Valley’s most FUN FACTS
celebrated hosts and champion of the art of understated Several “rock star” special signature bottlings for bands
winemaking. Their meticulously crafted wines are bottled from like Journey and Whitesnake have raised thousands of
dollars for a variety of worthy charities. And their limited
the best of the winery’s premium, estate-grown, hand-selected
edition wines include a rather cheeky range of “pin-up”
grapes: 15 varieties from five distinctive appellations with ideal wines for wine club members.
soils and microclimates.
Visit the bucolic “barn” style tasting room in the vineyards De La Montanya Estate
and discover the secrets of their success. It’s the unmistakable Vineyards & Winery
spirit, charm and attention to detail on three acres of Zinfandel Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and an acre of Primitivo surrounding a vintage apple orchard Monday-Thursday, by appointment only
that provides a leafy, shaded canopy over inviting lawns and 999 Foreman Lane, Healdsburg
patios, rose arbors, a fire pit, outdoor pizza oven, pathways (707) 433-3711 • www.dlmwine.com
and a bocce court. There is even a private two-bedroom
Look for them on Facebook
cottage on the property available for wine club members.
and become a Fan!

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www.WineCountryThisWeek.com Westside Road


Robert Janover

In the words of the very nice people at Hop Kiln Win- Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. With a very lim-
ery, it is all about “Honoring the past, and handcrafting the ited production, most of the wines are sold at the winery
future.” When you start with a 250-acre piece of prime or through their very popular wine clubs, including the
property located within Sweetwater Springs Historic Dis- new HKG Collection with its long lists of benefits and ac-
trict, add a structure that dates back to 1905 (California cess to some spectacular bottlings, many of them in very
Historic Landmark # 893), and then you have it posi- limited production.
tioned in Sonoma County’s fabled Russian River Valley, You may also enjoy the Hop Kiln Chardonnay, Sauvi-
well, you pretty much have it all. gnon Blanc, the pleasantly fruity Thousand Flowers or the
The ranch property be- versatile Rosa Bellissima. Or for
came a viticultural mecca in the reds: an aromatic
1975, when grapes, not hops
Hop Kiln Winery Grenache, the rare full-bodied
(as in beer, the original crop
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Malbec, an aptly-named Big
that was mainly shipped to the 6050 Westside Road, Healdsburg Red or the Syrah/Grenache
brewmasters of Washington (707) 433-6491 • hopkilnwinery.com blend fancifully called Rushin’
State) became the crop and the HKG Pinot Noir and Chardonnay River Red. All of them at an ex-
original kilns became working Hop Kiln Thousand Flowers, Big Red and Malbec ceptionally reasonable price.
space for a winery and a com- One treat is to buy a bottle
fortable, casual tasting room. FUN Hop Kiln also features mustards, oils, vinegars, of a favorite, get some artisan
An enlargement of the tasting FACT pestos, vinaigrettes and dessert sauces. cheese and meat from the deli
bar, to be unveiled this spring, case, a loaf of bread (they sup-
will provide an exciting personalized experience. ply glasses, cutting board and knife) and sit outside by the
Every weekend throughout the year there are up to 60 pond. You can watch the waterfowl land, look out over the
of their award-winning gourmet products to sample, from property and relax. Be sure to bring your camera to cap-
a staggering array of locally made mustards to grapeseed ture the three drying towers, silhouetted against the sky,
oil, chocolate wine truffles, pesto sauces and more … the fragrant beauties in the rose garden and the miniature
every one of them first-rate. replica of the winery floating in the pond serving as a duck
But of course you go there first for the wines pro- rest.
duced from Hop Kiln’s prime real estate under the HKG It is the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon, and
label. Both unfiltered, there is the complex Sonoma think about how things have changed over the last century
Chardonnay and a delicious, classic Russian River Valley at this historic property, and all for the better, year after

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Pinot Noir that recently took a “Gold” medal at the San year. by Charles Neave

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Downtown Healdsburg LINCOLN

CENTER ST

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Healdsburg is charming. Every brick, every flower box, every elegant shop and eclectic
Seghesiogallery, every five-star restaurant and cozy cafe on every single corner speak to
GRANT ST

HEALDSBURG AVE.
this town's genuine individuality and down-to-earth-treasures. Downtown Healdsburg may be surrounded by bucolic rolling hills and picturesque vineyards, but
around this age-old square, its hard to imagine being anywhere else more delightful. No matter what time of year, Healdsburg is a town for every season.
GRAPE LEAF INN
THINGS TO DO Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, 344 Center Street Cyrus Restaurant
Sonoma County Wine Library Reservations recommended, (707) 473-0946 29 North Street, Healdsburg
139 Piper Street, Healdsburg Dinner served daily, lunch Monday-Fridays (707)Sonoma
433-3311,County
www.cyrusrestaurant.com
Zin features delicious seasonal cuisine with Consistently reviewed as one of THE best restau-
Wine Library
PIPER ST
(707) 433-3772, www.sonomalibrary.org/wine
A free visit with a wealth of information! produce grown especially for them. rants in all of wine country by Wine Spectator,
The library has more than 5,000 books dealing101
with all aspects Wine industry locals often gather here for Gourmet, Food & Wine, Esquire, Wine Enthusiast,
of making wine, some of them date even back to 1512! a little nourishment and “shop talk.” and Wall Street Journal.
Knowledgeable librarians are on hand to help guide you.
Raven Theater
115 North Street, Healdsburg
(707) 433-6335, www.raventheater.org Raven Theater NORT

Where would we be without performing arts?


A big, dark nowhere, that's where. It’s thanks to cultural Cyrus
Zin Restaurant
theaters like the Raven, that publics can experience
entertainment that is beyond a moment's blip of distraction.
Enjoy wonderful performances and expand your world. Ferrari-Carano’s
Erickson SEASONS OF POWELL’S SWEET SHOPPE
Segway Tours Fine Art Gallery THE VINEYARD
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(707) 953-3477, www.segwayofhealdsburg.com KENDALL JACKSON BOISSET
Take a fun tour of Healdsburg on a rented Segway. TASTE OF
TERROIR Histor
Getaway Adventures Walkin
Santa Rosa, (707) 568-3040, www.getawayadventures.com
Healdsburg Sip 'n Cycle: Visit the sites and learn local wine
facts throughout downtown Healdsburg and into the vineyards Dry Creek
Kitchen
Plaza TOPEL
on this innovative, healthy tour! Tours include a picnic and
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Options Gallery
bocce. Hotel Healdsburg

LODGING Healdsburg Inn


on the Plaza
Healdsburg Inn on the Plaza
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112 Matheson Street, Healdsburg STEPHEN


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(707) 433-6991, www.healsburginn.com


Built in 1901, this classic California inn is located right on the Not to scale
Healdsburg Plaza. From summer concerts to holiday tree lightings,
the town's best events take place right here. Guests are also sur- MILL
rounded by shops, galleries, tasting rooms and restaurants. Shoffeitt’s
EAST

off the Square


Hotel Healdsburg
25 Matheson Street, Healdsburg
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1-800-889-7188, www.hotelhealdsburg.com
Chic, beautifully appointed Hotel Healdsburg is located on the
historic square and is one of the premier Wine Country luxury
lodgings in all Sonoma County.
FOOD
Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen
Hotel Healdsburg, 317 Healdsburg Avenue
(707) 431-0330, www.charliepalmer.com
Celebrating Sonoma's pioneering wines and spirits, celebrated
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culinary cradle and infuses it with his passion and trademark style.

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Kendall-Jackson wines are known to virtually every wine
lover. And the historic Sonoma County town of Healdsburg is VARIETALS
rapidly becoming a destination in itself. In every way this is a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling,
Muscat Canelli, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and
perfect place to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to the Cabernet Sauvignon.
portfolio of Kendall-Jackson wines.
Near the northwest corner of the Healdsburg Plaza, the rich FUN FACT
and varied world of Kendall-Jackson wines seems to shrink Taste small-production, vineyard-designated wines
down to an intimate, unhurried scale that wraps each visitor available only in the tasting room.
in a unique welcome. It’s not intimidating – you’re simply
WALK TO …
encouraged to enjoy the limited production wines and the Healdsburgs’ bistros, bars (wine and otherwise) and grills,
incredible surroundings. bed and breakfasts and small inns, some of the nation’s
You’ll be greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable staff and finest restaurants plus galleries, shops and some
soon find yourself discovering unexpected dimensions of the first-class hotels. Or just stroll through the historic
winery. With hand-crafted wines and exceptional vineyards, 19th-century plaza.
this is one of the must-see attractions in Sonoma County. DID YOU KNOW
Many visitors admit that they’ve never seen this side of Jess Jackson, winery founder, also has some of the world’s
Kendall-Jackson. The “Eureka” moment comes with the look most famous and successful racehorses in his stable.
on the faces of visitors becoming acquainted with the more
exclusive Kendall-Jackson wines they will find only in the
Tasting Rooms. Kendall-Jackson Healdsburg
Visitors can choose either the Classic tasting which features Tasting Room
wines available only at the winery, or a Reserve tasting focusing Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
on exclusive single-vineyard wines. No matter which route 337 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
you choose, you can be assured that it will be both a memo- (707) 433-7102 • www.kj.com
rable and enjoyable experience here in the heart of wine
country. Follow Kendall-Jackson on Facebook and Twitter.

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Owned and founded by Jean-Claude Boisset, this
über-chic wine tasting salon is an unforgettable place where VARIETALS
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay (from France and California)
you may taste some of the best wines from the Burgundy and Burgundian bubbles
region of France and the Sonoma County region of California.
“Oceans of the world separate us, great wines unite us” is PLAN AHEAD
the philosophy on which that this delicious adventure was Truly enjoying the variety of wines offered here takes
time – give yourself at least an hour to relax and enjoy
founded, and there are some GREAT wines to taste here! Tast- a flight or two.
ing flights range from $8 for the “Explorateur” selection up to
$100 for the “Grand Cru” selection. I tasted a few wines dur- FUN FACT
ing my visit and the following were my favorites: The friendly, knowledgeable staff of Taste of Terroir
actually opens bottles of bubbly by slicing off the tops
1999 Perle d’ Or ($25): Aromas of baking bread, apples, with a saber.
pears and exotic spice continue as flavors in the effusively
sparkling mouth. This is a real steal at $25! LITTLE KNOWN FACT
Taste of Terroir features the Boisset family-owned
2006 JCB Pinot Noir No. 7 ($50): This Pinot made my
collection of wineries, each with its own unique history,
knees weak! Mouthwatering aromas of rose petals, cinnamon, identity and style. Together, they share more than 17
black cherry and a whiff of smoke lure the taster into a silken centuries of winemaking tradition, an uncompromising
mouthful of consistent flavors. Absolutely luscious! commitment to quality and a deep and abiding respect
for their terroirs, showcased by rigorous sustainable
The large table that spans the middle of the room is set farming practices.
with white linen, an array of wine glasses and lit by an im-
pressive Baccarat crystal chandelier. There is a small tasting Boisset Taste of Terroir
bar across the back of the room, which is painted black and Open Sunday-Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
decorated with descriptive graphics. Displays of wine and Thursday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Baccarat crystal are artfully set up around the room. Tres
320 Center Street, Healdsburg
chic!
www.tasteofterroir.com
Boisset Taste of Terroir is simply an experience not to be
missed! by Sue Straight, The Wine Wench For more information, call (707) 473-9707

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Known as the hidden jewel of Mendocino’s Duncan Peak,
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Topel Winery is a far cry from the well-trodden highways and
Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah Noir, Pinot Noir, Gamay,
byways of California’s most visited wine country.
Meritage, Super Tuscan Blend, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc,
The craggy 14-acre mountain “Hidden Vineyard” is a haven Chardonnay, White Wine Blend and Orange Moscato
of spiritual sustenance for owners Marcus and Donnis Topel.
The former sheep ranch that produces many of the winery’s FUN FACT
most sought-after wines is a world away from the chic down- Topel publishes a calendar every year – Topel Wine Tails –
town address of Topel’s trendy and attainable Healdsburg tasting a benefit for the Healdsburg Animal Shelter.
room.
The Topel Tasting Room opened to wine aficionados in Sep- SPECIAL TASTINGS
tember 2008 just off the Plaza and across the street from the A minimal fee of $5 offers visitors a choice of four wines,
Oakville Grocery. Here, tastings are available of Topel’s Biody- $8 for a choice of six and $11 for all nine wines –
namic® wines that are gently crafted to reveal a unique $5 is refundable with purchase.
evolution of each varietal. Minimalist techniques have trans- Estate room tastings are available for private groups of
formed the grapes into world-class, soulful wines that reflect four to 12 people by appointment only and a fee of $25
the steep, rocky soil and foggy climate of their origin. per person is refundable with a minimum purchase of a
Owner/winemakers, Marcus and Donnis infuse a wealth of half-case (six bottles) per person. Private tasting includes
aesthetic senses and experiences into their wines. Leading a all Topel Flight wines, plus at least two library wines and a
dual life, Marcus Topel is a prominent attorney handling some selection of cheeses, breads and light appetizers.
of this country’s most complex criminal and civil litigation.
The cozy tasting room was artfully designed with comfort
and style as commanding elements in the details of its copper
Topel Tasting Room
countertops, sleek black fixtures and cherry wood library seat- Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
ing area with digital slideshow of the compelling vineyard cycle. 125 Matheson Street, Healdsburg
A snug and attractive estate room tasting area off the main www.topelwines.com
room is a regular hot spot for blending parties with the Topels For more information, call (707) 433-4116
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The tasting room at Stephen & Walker Winery is home to
Nancy Walker’s celebrated, limited production wines, some of VARIETALS
the most praised wines in Sonoma. The tasting room is just Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir,
down the street from Healdsburg’s plaza, midway between two Sauvignon Blanc, the new and award-winning Muscat
world-class hotels. It offers a wonderful flight of wines show- Canelli, Late Harvest Chardonnay and a very special Port
casing her elegant, signature style. The charming tasting room, called, rather cleverly, ‘Portentous’
with its big windows, long bar, polished floors and high ceiling
is a great complement to the wine being offered by a most A NICE TOUCH
hospitable staff. You can expect to sample a small bite with your flight.
“We’re a small, artisanal, family-owned winery located in
the heart of wine country,” Nancy says. “We started our label in GOOD TO KNOW
2004 and are proud and passionate to bring you wines made Unlike most tasting rooms, they stay open until 7 p.m.,
from the remarkable vineyards we tend with our growers in which means you can drop by for a guided tasting and
Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Monterey counties.” then head out to dinner.
“We craft our wines to showcase the grapes and their
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vineyard provenance that allows for the subtle nuances of the
Since these are rare wines you’ll seldom find elsewhere,
appellation to shine. And and with only a few hundred case
leave some room in your suitcase (or buy a wine shipper
of each wine produced, we can control the wines for the most
and check them as luggage if you are flying - or have
optimum result.”
them shipped) and buy some bottles to take home and
“This philosophy allows us to create wines that are truly an
share this discovery with family and friends. Which, after
expression of our style. Every bottle we produce has our com-
all, is what savoring wine is all about.
mitment and unique perspective, to bring you the true flavors
realized from the terroir. We believe each wine is a specific,
individual expression of the fruit from our vineyards and of the
Stephen & Walker Winery
winemaker’s craft.” Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
One thing you can be assured of is that you will long 243 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg
remember the quiet, unhurried experience, and, of course (707) 431-8749 • www.trustwine.com
these very special, lovingly handcrafted wines.

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Alexander Valley
Gateway to

Only an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Alexander Valley is leaps and bounds away from Healdsburg Ridge Hiking Trail
any hustle and bustle. Visitors looking for a more relaxed, authentic wine country experience, will Entry gate at Arabian Way and Bridle Path.
be happy here. Brimming with hospitality, this stunning corner of the world is home to 40 winer- (Sorry, no pets allowed).
ies, each boasting distinctive, unassuming wines. One of Sonoma’s favorite nature preserves, take the Ridge Hiking
Trail to the Fox Pond Run and Fox Pond Overlook. A wonderful
place to get some fresh air and exercise in wine country!
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Jimtown Store, 6706 Highway 128, Healdsburg
(707) 433-1212, www.jimtown.com
Literally tucked into the vineyards in the Jimtown store.
For more than 100 years, Jimtown has provided Healdsburg with
fresh baked goods, hot coffee, and local products. Linger over the
eclectic American antiques and old-fashioned toys.

Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria


21021 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
(707) 814-0111, www.diavolapizzeria.com
VETERANS MEMORIAL BEACH • WWW.HEALDSBURG.COM Diavola is not only a great stop for picnic items such as house-cured
salumi and olives but also features traditional Italian cooking
THINGS TO DO including gourmet pizzas from brick ovens and delicicious pastas.
Veterans Memorial Beach, Bosworth & Son General Store Diavola uses the most locally available ingredients combined with
13839 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg 21060 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville centuries old recipes.
(707) 433-1625 (707) 857-3463, www.bosworthandson.com
Truly one of Healdsburg’s most favorite Once a mortuary and even a buggy store – Hoffman House Restaurant
riverside beaches! Bring a picnic, kick off the buggy paint still stains the floor – Bosworth 21712 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville
your shoes, or even borrow an inner tube. & Son General Store is an old-fashioned store (707) 857-3264, www.hoffmanhousegeyserville.com
Nothing to do here but relax, breathe deeply meeting the Western-inspired needs of today’s Built more than 100 years ago by the Hoffman family, this
and listen to the river roll on by. customer. cafe serves healthy breakfast and lunch with striking views of
the majestic mountains nearby. Seasonal dinners, call first.

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Take a trip up to Asti, just north of Geyserville along High-
way 101, and you’ll discover the county’s most historic winery. ASTI SUPPORTS CHARITY
The Asti Winery came alive all the way back in 1881, when Asti is helping to promote Colby Red wine, a delicious
Genoa-born Andrea Sbarbaro first established the Italian Swiss blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Merlot
Colony. His idea was to create an agricultural cooperative to & Petite Sirah. Proceeds from the sale of Colby Red
provide work for the local Italian immigrants, and at the same support charities that promote heart health. At just
time produce world-class wines. $12.99 a bottle, stock up and support a great cause!
This seemingly quiet spot in the northern reaches of
WHAT TO TASTE
Sonoma County was a bustling community and popular tourist
You name it, they’ve got it. Chardonnay, Sauvignon
destination for many decades. In 1962, Italian Swiss Colony
Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,
was the second most visited destination in California (after
Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and dessert wine.
Disneyland), with 440,000 visitors in that year alone.
Asti was quiet for nearly 20 years, used just as a production DID YOU KNOW?
facility for a few wineries. Now Asti is open to the public again For many years the Asti tasting room was also home to
as home to two stellar wineries, Cellar No. 8 and Souverain. the town’s post office. Visitors were invited to fill out
You’ve likely seen Cellar No. 8’s white label in the retail market, postcards to friends and family and the post office would
but at Asti they’re showing off the winery’s black label wines, mail them for free. This great tradition was rekindled
produced in quantities of 10 barrels or less. when Asti re-opened to the public, so when you visit
The Souverain (formerly Chateau Souverain) wines are grab a handful of postcards and start filling them out!
simply better than ever. Winemaker Ed Killian, the steady
hand behind Souverain for 20 years, puts his best stuff in the
Winemaker’s Reserves. The 2008 Souverain Winemaker’s Asti Winery –
Reserve Chardonnay, with an eye-popping 92 points from Cellar No. 8 and Souverain
Robert Parker, is as lovely and balanced as Chardonnay gets. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call ahead to schedule a tour of Asti where you can see the
oldest parts of the winery dating back to 1887, plus Andrea 26150 Asti Post Office Road, Cloverdale
Sbarbaro’s 1902 house modeled after Villa Pompei, and lots of www.cellarno8.com and www.souverain.com
other surprises! by Michelle J. Baker To schedule a tour, call (707) 265-5490.

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The lyrics to the song “Mercury Blues” were going
through my head during my visit with proprietor, Brad Beard SPECIAL TASTINGS
at Mercury Wines in downtown Geyserville. I really enjoyed The barrel room that adjoins the tasting room is used for
hangin’ with Brad. Every wine I tasted rocked and their hip large groups and private tastings or on a nice, sunny day,
and modern tasting room is not to be missed! the patio is available, too.
From the sidewalk, large windows in the tasting room
offer views of barrels in one room and an adjoining wine- LITTLE KNOWN FACT
filled, cubbyhole-lined retail room. Once inside, the vibe is I don’t usually write about tasting room restrooms, but
super cool and chic, yet unpretentious. The tasting bar is a their bathroom is really worth checking out! The walls
short plank, supported by two wine barrels. are painted bright blue, with one wall full of vinyl records
The adjoining barrel room is used for large groups and (all with the Mercury Records label, of course!).
private tastings and there’s a patio out back for relaxing in the
FUN FACT
Geyserville sunshine.
Behind the bar is a DJ set-up with two turntables,
Now for my favorite part - the wines! Here are my faves:
sitting atop two vintage speakers that were part of the
2008 Freddie Rosé, Sonoma County ($18): Gorgeous!
Woodstock experience. Dig that! During special events,
Mouthwatering aromas of cherry, cranberry, vanilla and a
there is usually a DJ on site, spinning the vinyl.
pinch of green herbs continue as flavors in the bright, juicy
mouth. Almost too easy to drink!
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2008 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast ($25): This Pinot made my
Pinot Noir, Bordeaux blends and exotic whites.
knees weak! OMG! If for no other reason, go there for this
wine – I kid you not! Alluring aromas of raspberry, straw-
berry jam and cloves lure you into a silken mouthful of Mercury Wines
cherry, vanilla and spice. Oh yeah! Open Thursday-Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
When you visit Mercury, there’s a good chance that one of the
Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
winemakers is on-site, pouring the wine and talking about their
unconventional approach to wine. 21015 Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
So, there you have it – great wines at reasonable prices, www.mercurywine.com
cool vibe and nice people, too! by Sue Straight, The Wine Wench For more information, call (707) 857-9870

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Located a short drive from Healdsburg, right next door
to the Jimtown Store, Hawkes Winery’s tasting room is a VARIETALS
Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Library
delicious haven for wine lovers. The building itself is a wines and large format bottles are also available
converted garage, painted a bright, cheerful white. A riot of
flowers is planted in flower boxes around the front. Once LITTLE KNOWN FACT
The Hawkes family was one the first growers to plant
inside the tasting room, the cheerful, bright theme contin- Cabernet in Alexander Valley, back in 1971.
ues, with floor-to-ceiling windows all around the room and
white open beam ceilings. A wood-topped bar spans one FUN FACT
Hawkes Winery is family-owned. Stephen Hawkes and
side of the room and a couple of tables are available for
his son Jacob run the show with a little help from their
those who wish to sit and sip. families and faithful staff.
Alex was my server and she was fantastic! She is very
friendly, really knows her stuff and enjoys sharing her LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Hawkes Winery has a second tasting room located at 383
knowledge with visitors. She also writes a great blog for the 1st Street West on the historic Sonoma Plaza
winery’s website.
Let’s talk about the wines. I tasted a few wines during my PLAN AHEAD
Give yourself at least a half hour to fully enjoy your visit
visit with Alex and they were all wonderful, but I only have and to learn about the wines and winery. A nominal $10
room to write about a couple, so here goes: tasting fee (refundable with bottle purchase, excluding
2008 Home Chardonnay ($20): Unoaked, juicy and vi- Chardonnay) allows you to taste five fabulous wines, and
brant, with abundant aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, sometimes a special library wine is thrown into the mix.
exotic flowers and spices, all wrapped up in a crisp mouth-
Hawkes Winery
feel.
2006 Red Winery Cabernet Sauvignon ($60): This is a
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Monday
$120 Cab in a $60 dress! Mouthwatering aromas of ripe 6734 Highway 128, Healdsburg
black cherry, mocha, rose petals and cigar box continue as (707) 433-HAWK • www.hawkeswine.com
flavors in the decadently rich, perfectly balanced mouth. Twitter: @hawkeswine
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When I first noticed the shiny new Medlock Ames Tasting
Room & Bar sitting proudly where the old Alexander Valley VARIETALS
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir,
Store and Bar used to be, it made me a little melancholy. Cabernet Sauvignon, a Red Blend and Rosé
Change is inevitable, but the old store and bar was another
local hangout that had gone by the wayside. Or so I thought… PLAN AHEAD
This is a great place to have a picnic and play pétanque!
Turns out that Medlock Ames has lovingly restored the Purchase your picnic supplies from nearby Jimtown
bar (the best of old-meets-new) and the tasting room is gor- Store or from Medlock Ames’ selection of cheeses.
geous. This place is industrial chic done really, really well! Occasionally, on warm Saturdays, the pizza oven
At the Bar, Thursday is local’s night and it’s a really cool cranks out a variety of delicious thin crust pizzas,
topped with organic produce from the property.
place to hang out! You’ll find this Wine Wench there! After 5 p.m., the full bar is open. May through October
Let’s start outside – olive trees surround the perimeter of enjoy live music Saturdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
the grounds, which are neat and orderly, with raised herb and FUN FACT
vegetable beds, there is a pétanque court for those who like The original building was constructed during the 1860s.
to play and a copper pizza oven sits off to the side. A large If only those walls could talk!
shaded patio off the back of the tasting room is dotted with
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picnic tables. In the season, Medlock Ames sells organic veggies and
The tasting room is inviting, with lots of windows and olive oil, all grown on their property.
light wood floors. The tasting bar is an island in the middle
of the room, lit with stylish drop-down light fixtures and a
Medlock Ames Winery
galvanized pipe around the bottom of the bar serves as a foot Tasting Room is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
rail. There is also a long table next to the bar and a few tables Bar is open Sunday-Thursday 5 to 9 p.m.
along the walls and windows where visitors may enjoy their Friday & Saturday 5 to 11+ p.m.
tasting experienced while seated. 3487 Alexander Valley Road, Healdsburg
The wines are great, the staff is friendly and the place is www.medlockames.com
gorgeous! Don’t miss Medlock Ames Winery! For more information, call (707) 431-8845.
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It was more than 75 years ago when Isabelle Simi Haigh
announced to her workers that she wanted them to convert a VARIETALS
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and
huge, unused wine vat into a tasting room. Since then, Simi
Cabernet Sauvignon
Winery has built a reputation for offering visitors not just
tastes of superb wine, but also a comfortable and unique set- TOURS
ting where you can taste. When the days are warm tours Tours of the historic stone cellar, built in 1850,
often begin in the redwood grove by the tasting room. The are offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
grove also serves as the focal point for events and food and FUN FACT
wine pairings. In the redwood grove nearly everyone in- The Simi Winery tasting room was originally from a huge
volved with the winery loves to tell the story of this historic wine vat. Definitely a story you can take home to tell your
family and the teenage girl who kept the winery operating friends over a glass of Simi wine, of course.
profitably when both her father and her uncle died unex- PLAN AHEAD
pectedly within weeks of each other. Even the stones used in Starting in May, on each Friday and Saturday afternoon,
the waterfall’s construction have a story to tell. For instance, the redwood grove is transformed into an exotic sort of
all the materials that went into the creation of this idyllic pizza café, offering a menu of exotic pizzas created by
Chef Eric Lee. The pizzas are made in the East Coast thin-
spot were recycled from earlier structures, or they were natu-
crust style, but the toppings are all strictly local, with
ral stones found on the property as, over the years, more and generous use of fresh-from-the-farm greens that Eric se-
more land was cleared for vineyards. lects for the pizza he calls “Forage.” Even the Italian
Today, the long communal tables are where wine fanciers sausage is made in the winery kitchen.
from everywhere sit down as perfect strangers and rise as
friends, were crafted from staves of old fermentation tanks. Simi Winery
If it is early recycling that you want to find, look no further Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
than this innovative, eco-sensitive winery on the outskirts
northeast of Healdsburg in Sonoma County, where fine wine (707) 473-3232 • www.simiwinery.com
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Eastside Bunch
The "Eastside Bunch" (as they call themselves) are eight top-
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brighten any palate and table. Excellent farm tours Wohler Regional Park
by appointment. The best of California farming!
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Giorgi’s Restaurant
25 Grant Street, Healdsburg, (707) 433-1106
Great family-style Italian restaurant…pasta and hand-thrown
pizzas. Has a full bar, open late and food available to go.
Gilardi's Delicatessen
810 Den Beste, Windsor, (707) 838-9869
Certainly a vine above the rest! Feast on homemade lasagna
and freshly baked sourdough garlic breads.

LODGING
Country Garden Lodging, Healdsburg
(707) 431-8630, www.hcountrygardens.com
Three fully-equipped, affordable vacation homes located
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There are few places on earth more beautiful than
The Green, a bucolic nook of leafy splendor that graces GOOD TO KNOW
the grounds of Rodney Strong Vineyards. It represents the The winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
guided winery tours are offered daily at 11 a.m. and
absolute perfect spot in which to savor the marvelous wines 3 p.m. They feature complimentary tastings and tours.
they offer, nibble on picnic fare and revel in the glory of a
day in the wine country. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Mr. Strong was one of the first to recognize in this land Amazing wines, breathtaking views and concerts with
the clues that pointed to its ideal nature as a grape growing contemporary artists – there’s no better way to enjoy a
Sonoma County summer than at Rodney Strong’s annual
region. He realized that the soil, the climate and the topog-
Summer Concert Series presented in association with
raphy here combined in a way to produce the conditions Omega Events. Surrounded by acres of beautiful vine-
that are necessary to make world-class wines. All of the yards, guests enjoy top performers while picnicking at
Rodney Strong wines come from grapes grown exclusively the winery’s intimate concert venue, The Green.
in Sonoma County’s finest appellations: Alexander Valley,
Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill and Sonoma Coast. He was FUN FACT
Depending on the season, you can witness vines being
also one of the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Russian River
pruned, the sugar-testing of grapes or receive a crash
Valley and the first to produce and release a Chalk Hill course on evaluating wines right out of the barrel.
Chardonnay.
Currently available for tasting is their luscious Char- FIND THEM
donnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot, Look for Rodney Strong Vineyards on
Cabernet Sauvignon and Symmetry, a red meritage wine. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!
Since 1989, the Klein family, who has been involved in
California agriculture for four generations, has privately
Rodney Strong Vineyards
owned the winery. Their passion for sustainable farming Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
practices, solar power and other green business practices 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
led them to become Sonoma County’s first carbon neutral For more information, call (707) 431-1533
winery. – Ronda Giangreco or visit www.rodneystrong.com.

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Bill & Betsy Nachbaur

Located just south of Healdsburg on Old Redwood High-


way, Acorn Winery is easy to find. Turn onto the driveway PLAN AHEAD
and wend your way past a few houses, through some well- Make your tasting appointment in advance and plan on
kept vineyards and you’ve arrived at a very special place. spending at least an hour with Bill & Betsy at Acorn
Really.
Acorn Winery’s owners (and founders), Bill and Betsy LITTLE KNOWN FACT
“Alegria” is the vineyard name at Acorn – the Spanish
Nachbaur truly enjoy sharing their wines and educating peo-
translation is “happiness,” and the name “Acorn” comes
ple about the vineyards and the fruits of their labors. A visit
from the majestic oak trees on the property – meaning
with them is an up-close, personal experience that you won’t
from small beginnings comes mighty results.
soon forget. In fact, if you visit at harvest time, Bill will take
you out in the vineyard, put a refractometer (sugar meter) in FUN FACT
your hand, have you check sugar levels and create your own More than 40 different grape varieties are grown in Acorn
field-blend. Talk about hands-on! Winery’s vineyards and incorporated into their wines.
The tasting room is a barrel against a wall in the winery.
Period. This place is all about function – wine grape growing VARIETALS
and crafting excellent wines is the focus here. Cabernet Franc, Dolcetto, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel,
I had the pleasure of tasting a few wines during my visit. “Rosato” and “Medley”
They were all excellent, but my particular favorites were:
2007 Sangiovese, Alegria Vineyards $25: This is one of the Acorn Winery
best California Sangiovese I have ever tasted (and I’ve tasted a Tasting by appointment only
bunch!). Aromas of black cherry, coffee, vanilla and a pot-
12040 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg
pourri of spices meld seamlessly and continue as flavors in
www.acornwinery.com
the bright, juicy mouth.
2007 Zinfandel, Heritage Vines™, Alegria Vineyards $32:
For your private tasting appointment,
Wow! Aromas and flavors of raspberries, orange peel, caramel
call Bill or Betsy at (707) 433-6440
and peppery spice delight from the first sniff, all the way
through the finish. Yum! by Sue Straight, The Wine Wench Follow Acorn Winery on Facebook.

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Quietly charming. It’s a good
phrase – perhaps the perfect one – to
Christopher Creek Winery quality of the grapes. “The best
wines in the world are made in the
describe Christopher Creek Winery. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily vineyard. The main job of the wine-
The winery is owned by the 641 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg maker is to take care of the grapes
Wasserman family who, in addition (707) 433-2001 and protect what Mother Nature
to their grape growing and wine- www.christophercreek.com has given us in such abundance.
making venture, have a long history Become a Fan on Facebook! That is the philosophy here, and
of farming in California’s Central you’ll find the proof is in the bot-
Valley where they have farmed oranges for the past 38 tle, and in your glass.”
years. They adamantly believe that that growing the To taste their superb wines, just head to the tasting
highest quality grapes possible must be the main focus room. Christopher Creek’s is cozy, comfortable and in-
if you want to produce truly great wines. disputably and proudly rustic. As a result, it’s
They, and their winemaker, Texas native Todd sometimes tough to tell where the tasting room ends
Crowell understand and appreciate the fine balance be- and the serious business that constitutes a working
tween the agricultural practices they employ and the winery begins, all of which happily adds to the charm.

RECENT AWARDS CABERNET


ZINFANDEL 2007 Finlay's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Cabernet
2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel • Gold Medal – Best of Class
• Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2011 – Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2010
• Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2011
PETITE SIRAH
2008 Russian River Valley Estate Bottled Reserve Petite Sirah VIOGNIER
• SWEEPSTAKES WINNER – Best Red in Show 2008 Catie's Corner Russian River Valley Viognier
– Riverside International Wine Competition, May 2010 • Gold Medal – Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, April 2010
• Gold Medal – North of the Gate Wine Competition • Gold Medal – Sonoma County Harvest Fair, September 2010
PETITE SIRAH PORT
SyRAH 2008 Petite Sirah Port
2007 Russian River Valley Estate Bottled Syrah • Gold Medal – Sonoma County Harvest Fair, September 2010
• Silver Medal – Riverside International Wine Competition, April 2009 • Gold Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, January 2011

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Futures are often sold out before they are even bottled due to high demand, expectations and limited quantities.

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Winery owners Peter and Diana Merriam are both New
Englanders transplanted to California. Their honeymoon in VARIETALS
France led to a life-time love of fine wines, and his career as a Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvi-
wine retailer reinforced their love of Bordeaux wines. All of gnon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, a Bordeaux Blend and
which led them to purchase an 11-acre vineyard property in the always refreshing Rosé of Cabernet.
2000 called Windacre Vineyard – the soils of which are FUN FACT
uniquely suited to Bordeaux varieties. A second property was The Stainless Steel Chardonnay was just released. It is
purchased in 2002. Some of the vineyards back up to the from the Simoneau Ranch Vineyard, made from five
Chalk Hill appellation. A good thing, because it means the different fruit clones. It tastes like a vacation in the
climate here is warm enough to produce richly ripe Bordeaux Tropics! Their Miktos (Greek, meaning “to blend well
varieties. Winemaker David Herzberg is thrilled to work with together”), is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
some of the best Bordeaux vineyards in Sonoma County Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is a huge wine with
Merlot from Windacre Vineyard has great depth and plum and cassis flavors and powerful but tamed tannins.
balance, with rich fruit flavors and smooth tannins. For white
wine fanciers there is a Chardonnay from Alexander Valley. GOOD TO KNOW
The tasting room offers gourmet picnic lunch items like
Fermented in French oak barrels, it’s barrel-aged 10 months in
paté, cheese, tapenades and salami. So you can enjoy a
the barrel for a silky, creamy mouth feel. snack on the terrace with your favorite Merriam wine.
The winery and tasting room at Merriam are reminiscent of
New England farmhouses; the presence of a stately palm pays PLAN AHEAD
homage to California and the generous warmth of this location. Cheese and wine pairings are available by appointment
Magnificent views show off the rolling hills and vineyards ($20 per person).
while a terrace dotted with tables and chairs invites visitors to
linger, taste and enjoy the view. Merriam Vineyards
Because of the limited production, their wines are available Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. spring, summer & fall
mostly at the tasting room or to wine club members. You’ll also (Thursday-Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in winter)
find limited distribution in some New England states. But why 11650 Los Amigos Road, Healdsburg
not just enjoy a beautiful day in Sonoma County and come (707) 433-4032 • www.merriamvineyards.com
visit the winery?
Look for them on Facebook.

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Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, Chalk Hill Estate Vine-
yards & Winery was the first established estate winery on SPECIAL TOURS AND TASTINGS
• Private tasting: $10 per person, daily
Chalk Hill Road. Current owner, Bill Foley, purchased the
• Estate tour: $20 per person, Monday through Friday,
property in August of 2010. includes tasting
The beautifully designed winery sits atop a large hill and • Culinary tour: $75 per person, call for dates;
provides visitors stunning panoramic views of Sonoma, Men- includes estate tour, culinary garden tour and private
docino and Napa counties. Mount St. Helena punctuates the food & wine pairing with Chef Didier Ageorges
background.
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The visitors center is clean, elegant and well appointed, A “regular” wine tasting takes 30-45 minutes, the estate
with a tasteful selection of upscale wine-related gifts. The staff tour takes about 1½ hours and the culinary tour takes
is warm, friendly and informative. And the wines…let me tell about 2½ hours.
you about the wines! I tasted a handful of wines during my de-
LITTLE KNOWN FACT
lightful and educational visit and the following two wines were
All wines produced by Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards &
my favorites: Winery are 100% estate grown, unfined and unfiltered.
• 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, $33: Mouthwatering aromas of ripe,
juicy pear, melon, white flowers and cut hay continue as fla-
vors in the luscious, balanced mouth. Chalk Hill Estate
• 2007 Estate Red, $70: What an elegant, sexy wine! Picture Vineyards & Winery
George Clooney in an Armani suit…OK, back to the wine – Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackcurrant, cigar box
10300 Chalk Hill Road, Healdsburg
and mocha abound, all wrapped up in a decadently rich
mouth. Oh, yum! www.chalkhill.com
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery has it all, wonderful
wines, scenic views, friendly staff and a beautiful facility. Plan For tours and reservations, call
to relax and spend some quality time here. Tell ’em The Wine (707) 657-4837
Wench sent you! by Sue Straight, The Wine Wench Follow them on Facebook and Twitter!

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Sebastopol/Freestone
Sebastopol – Equal parts hippie chic and rustic POINTS OF INTEREST
elegance, Sebastopol is a true insider's favorite. Antique Row Gravenstein Highway Shop Downtown Sebastopol!
Located at the mouth of Russian River wine coun- Highway 116 from Cotati to Sebastopol Small town America meets hippie-chic
try, Sebastopol offers authentically artisan (a.k.a Gravenstein Hwy) along this goldmine of a downtown.
shopping, great tea houses, brew pubs and restau- Antiques, collectibles, glassware and furniture. Art and hand-hewn furniture galleries,
rants and darling hotels all within a quaint Sonoma County Repertory Theater artisan clothiers and book sellers, tea houses
one-street-downtown. Local families stroll the 104 N. Main St, Sebastopol, (707) 823-0177 and wine bars, high-end restaurants and
sidewalks eating hand-made ice cream cones. Inspired, contemporary plays, top-notch perform- beer pubs, theater and live music venues,
Visitors stretch out and relax in any one of the ances and educational programs. ice cream parlors and yoga studios.
outdoor cafes, pubs and bistros. And the local
theatre and live music scene is beyond lively. If you
are looking for an off-beat (but still fabulous) wine Freestone – Freestone is Sonoma’s first historical district and it is easy to see why! Harkening back to days
country experience, Sebastopol is your place! of western expansion and rural community, this small patch of old Sonoma County sits at the appropriately
named intersections of Bohemian Highway and Bodega Highway. Drive along some of the most scenic
LODGING stretches of pastoral California. Rustic bakeries, artisan wineries, creative day spas and roadside galleries
Fairfield Inn & Suites and garden shops are among the relaxed stops to make in rural Freestone.
1101 Gravenstein Hwy. So., Sebastopol
1-800-465-4329 • www.marriott.com DINING POINTS OF INTEREST
Fairfield Inn & Suites provides a high-end Mar- Wild Flour Bread Bakery Osmosis Day Spa Sanctuary
riott experience within the heart of Sebastopol and 140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone 209 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, (707) 823-8231
Russian River wine country. (707) 874-2938 Rejuvenate yourself in this one-of-a-kind Japanese-
The Sebastopol Inn An over-the-top, sensory overload destination influenced cedar enzyme baths and massages.
6751 Sebastopol Ave., Sebastopol full to the brim with espresso, sticky buns, Enduring Comforts
1-800-653-1082 • sebastopolinn@yahoo.com goat-cheese flat bread, seeded wheat breads – 142 Bohemian Hwy., Freestone, (707) 874-111
www.sebastopolinn.com all made by hand, all fresh and all delicious! A sweet mix of hand picked delights from new
Lush gardens & fresh water fountains, wrap-
around porches and veranda-style-lounging hats, scarves, jewelry and cloths to antique fur-
Howard’s Station Cafe
Vine Hill Bed & Breakfast niture and an array of eclectic heirlooms.
3811 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental
3949 Vine Hill Rd, Sebastopol (707) 874-2838, www.howardstationcafe.com LODGING
(707) 823-8832 • innkeeper@vine-hill-inn.com This was originally a railroad station Green Apple Inn
www.vine-hill-inn.com in the 1870s. Now serves a healthy, 520 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone, (707) 874-2526
Enjoy relaxing accommodations in this award- organic breakfast and lunch stop. A classic five-room B&B. Enjoy freshly baked
winning, stunningly remodeled 1890s Voted Best Breakfast. breads every morning!
Victorian. Be pampered with a full breakfast,
Egyptian towels and glorious views!
Vine Hill B&B
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Lowell's delicious dinners made entirely from
locally produced and organic foods.
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The hills and wizened old oaks give way to majestic redwood
groves as you head toward the Pacific. And then you come to the WHAT TO TASTE
What else? Their memorable, delicious, hand-crafted Pinot
historic and serene town of Freestone. Here you will find a vibe
Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast vineyards.
that is decidedly tranquil, a place of peace and calm. But it was the
arrival of the Freestone Vineyards Tasting Room that has now el- PLAN AHEAD
evated the little village to a true destination. Special events are held the second Sunday afternoon of
Located just minutes from the ocean, their vineyards enjoy the month and are the perfect opportunity to sample
cool Pacific breezes that nurture and coax along the delicate na- wonderful wines (including new releases) and talk with
the winemakers and vineyard staff, as well as enjoy delec-
ture of the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Planted in 2000, table food like crab cakes, local artisan cheese and listen
they are the realization of a dream for the Phelps family, who pur- to live music.
chased the property and began planting vineyards that took
advantage of the favorable growing conditions of the region. At an LITTLE KNOWN FACT
elevation of 500 feet, with rolling hills and views of the ocean, it The name of this picturesque town of about 50 dates
is an ideal location to plant grapes. back to 1853 and refers to a public sandstone quarry.
Starting in 1873, Freestone was a stop on the North
The tasting room is housed in the middle of town. The Pacific Coast Railroad which eventually connected
intimate space is perfect for enjoying the fine wines produced Cazadero to the Sausalito ferry.
from the surrounding vineyards. Inside, you’ll be invited to
take a seat while you’re poured a selection of their award-win-
ning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays; an outside seating area is
Freestone Vineyards
perfect for enjoying not only the fabulous wines, but also the
Open Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ocean breeze that the grapevines like. 12747 El Camino Bodega, Freestone
“Because this is a relaxed, seated wine tasting experience,” (707) 874-1010 • www.freestonevineyards.com
explains Brad Schenider, tasting room manager. “We usually take For groups of six or more you are
an hour or so to pour our wines. This allows us time to explain encouraged to call ahead.
what it is we do and why. We really enjoy not just pouring wine, Facebook: freestonevineyards
but educating guests about the process and the art of winemaking.” Twitter: @freestonewine

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What makes visiting wine country so much fun is that provides grapevines the ideal combination of a nu-
that, no matter how many times you visit, there’s always trient-poor yet well-draining base to thrive. Not long
a new winery to discover. For some visitors there’s even after the Duttons first planted grapes, the Dutton Ranch
a whole new wine region to explore, and all you have to name became synonymous with great Chardonnay.
do is ignite your spirit of adventure, fire up the GPS or Fast forward to today, and the Dutton family farms
take out a good map, and you’ll be richly rewarded. more than 1,100 acres of grapes in the Green Valley as
Out in southwest Sonoma well as 250 acres of CCOF cer-
County is one such area just tified organic apples. Warren’s
waiting to be discovered – the
Dutton Estate Winery son, Joe and his wife, Tracy
scenic, rolling Green Valley Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Dutton, first started producing
appellation. Green Valley is 8757 Green Valley Road, Sebastopol wine in 1995 and started their
the foggiest and coolest wine (707) 829-9463 • www.sebastopolvineyards.com boutique winery called Dutton
appellation along the North Estate which showcases wines
Coast. While summer days in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, made from their best grapes.
Green Valley are warm like the Syrah, Zinfandel and Late Harvest Zinfandel The Duttons hang their
rest of wine country, the cool, tasting room shingle at a quaint
foggy mornings and evenings here create the perfect cli- and cozy bungalow in front of the winery at the corner
mate for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. of Highway 116 and Green Valley Road in Sebastopol.
There’s no family more connected to the history of Dutton Estate’s wines are exclusively from the Dutton
Green Valley than the Duttons, who began farming in family’s vineyard spread out through the Green Valley.
Sonoma County in 1881. Warren Dutton began his Two tasting flights are available in the tasting room,
farming endeavors out of downtown Graton growing Reserve and Estate tastings, both featuring selections of
apples and recognized before anyone else the viticulture single-vineyard estate wines with eye-popping ratings in
potential of the Green Valley area. In 1967, Warren the 90s from a variety of wine publications.
planted the first Chardonnay grapes in western Sonoma Dutton Estate focuses its production on Chardonnay
County and the Green Valley. Green Valley turned out to and Pinot Noir, but also offers Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah,
be a world-class spot for Chardonnay due to the cool cli- and an occasional surprise such as Zinfandel and Late
mate as well as the area’s special soil type, Goldridge, Harvest Zinfandel. by Michelle J. Baker

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You know that you are in real farm country when you head
WHAT TO TASTE
to Balletto Vineyards. Sheep graze, veterinarian offices out-
The winery offers a wide selection of hand-picked
number those of physicians, orchards border acres of vines, varietals for tasting, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
and Balletto Vineyards sits in the middle of it all. Zinfandel, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Rose and Syrah
The estate wines you will find at Balletto grow in the dis-
tinct soils and climates of Sonoma County’s Russian River LITTLE KNOWN FACT
The Ballettos started out as vegetable growers and
Valley, and they invite you to come and, as they say, “Taste the transitioned into grape growers. Today, they farm 500
bounty that is Balletto” at their tasting room set in the middle acres of vines and sell off 90% of what they grow. John
of a 200-acre vineyard. In all, they have a dozen vineyards in Balletto began farming in 1977 at the age of 17 and is a
this world-famous appellation. As the grape-growing business big influence in this part of Sonoma County.
grew, they decided to make wine instead of just selling grapes. FUN FACT
As growers first, they have strong feelings that with good Be sure to ask them about their own “Field of Dreams.”
grapes, good wine will follow. The answer will surprise you.
To experience Balletto you can visit their comfortable and
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friendly tasting room or relax outside with your picnic lunch
There are a number of delis and groceries nearby where
where there is plenty of seating and the sound of trickling you can pick up a picnic lunch. The winery’s patio and its
water from the fountain. fountain is a great place for a lunch al fresco, with a bottle
“One thing I want our visitors to know is that we offer a of their wine, of course.
self-guided vineyard tour. While not many wineries allow you
to walk thru their vineyards, we actually encourage it,” said
Balletto Vineyards
tasting room manager Nancy Woods. “People who come to Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
the winery both appreciate and enjoy this option.” Just one 5700 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
more reason to make the trip to this true “wine country” desti- (707) 568-2455 ext. 101
nation, where nature still dominates the landscape and the www.ballettovineyards.com
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Russian River/Olivet
For more than a century, the Russian River has been a true gateway to the grandeur of California's FOOD
wild nature and dramatic coast. Today, it is still a destination for all naturalists as well as an John Ash & Co. Restaurant , 4330 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa
increasingly high-profile wine region – and rightly so. Russian River wines are quickly becoming (707) 527-7687, www.vintnersinn.com
some of the finest, most sought-after wines in the world and artisan winemakers are finally Celebrate wine cuisine at its best. Cooking seasonally with fresh,
getting their due. Come for the fresh air, fine wines, incomparable cuisines and relax! local foods and produce—and pairing these exceptional recipes
with wines from the region, today the restaurant remains an
THINGS TO DO Pacific Coast Air Museum icon of gourmet dining and wine country living.
Safari West 2230 Becker Blvd., Santa Rosa Gilardi's Delicatessen, 810 Den Beste, Windsor, (707) 838-9869
3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa (707) 575-7900 Certainly a vine above the rest! Feast on homemade lasagna
(707) 579-2551, www.safariwest.com www.pacificcoastairmuseum.org and freshly baked sourdough garlic breads.
Fun for all generations of your family! “Climb Aboard” vintage aircraft,
Experience the spirit of Africa in the wine and learn about the history of where and LODGING
country on a Safari Adventure or book a tent how it was used from the crew who has Vintners Inn, 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa
and sleep overnight in the Animal Kingdom. lovingly restored it. Currently, the (707) 575-7350, www.vintnersinn.com
Riverfront Regional Park F-14 Tomcat, F-16N Viper & F-5 Tiger II A luxury, 44-room, 4 Diamond intimate hotel that is
7821 Eastside Road, Healdsburg are featured. designed to showcase the very finest in gracious hospitality
(707) 565-2041 Windsor Golf Club that Wine Country provides. Relax in the spa, walk the
Once a gravel quarry site, this park now boasts grounds, even take a cooking class with famed chef John Ash!
1340 19th Hole Drive, Windsor
2 sparkling lakes perfect for fishing and Truly an exceptional hotel!
(707) 838-7888, www.windsorgolf.com
non-motorized boating. Explore redwood grove Fountain Grove Inn
Follow in the footsteps of the pros at this
picnic areas and more than 2 miles of trails 101 Fountaingrove Parkway, Santa Rosa
par 72 championship course regarded by
around Lake Benoist! (707) 578-6101, www.fountaingroveinn.com
the regulars as a must-play course.
Charles Schulz Museum For business or leisure travel, the Fountain Grove Inn
Four tee options provide an appropriate
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa Hotel & Conference Center is a luxurious, but not ostentatious,
(707) 579-4452, www.schulzmuseum.com challenge for any skill level. hotel that is convenient to all of Sonoma County wine country.
A tribute to the wonderful man who Armstrong Redwoods Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
brought so much joy to the world with the 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville 3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa
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Kendall-Jackson has always had a commitment to the
land. Ask any vineyard manager or winemaker … it is a FUN FACT
Family owned and operated, Kendall-Jackson winery is
mantra that always rings true. Or as they say at this world-fa- now into its third decade of handcrafting wine in Sonoma
mous Sonoma County winery: “One of the ‘truths’ we live by County. In 1974, Jess and his family bought an 80-acre pear
is that from the best land come the best wines. Our Estate and walnut orchard. After converting the orchard to a
vineyards are located atop cool coastal mountains, on rocky vineyard, Jess began selling his grapes to local wineries,
and in 1982 he produced his first bottle of wine under the
ridge tops and rolling hillsides. These are places where soil, Kendall-Jackson label.
climate and the vines come together to create remarkable
fruit. It’s our commitment to crafting extraordinary wines DON’T FORGET
from California’s best vineyards.” Visit the fascinating wine sensory garden for a new way of
understanding and appreciating wines. Plantings represent
At this magnificent chateau set on 120 acres, wine and aromas and/or flavors in both red and white wines. These
food lovers gather to experience the flavors of the region. two innovative and lovingly tended gardens have been
A variety of options is available. Enjoy a seated wine and designed and planted to demonstrate terms that wine
food pairing, visit the tasting bar, discover limited-edition writers and educators use to describe what we smell and
taste in a glass of wine. Each garden also features produce
wines and tour the demonstration vineyard and extensive that pairs well with red or white wines.
culinary and sensory gardens that surround the chateau.
The Classic tasting is $5 per person and you can choose PLAN AHEAD
Be sure to ask about the Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival
four wines to taste. For an additional $10 per person, you
in the fall. It always sells out, so get your tickets early.
can try the Reserve wines – many available only at the Music, food, wine and, of course, tomatoes.
winery. The most extravagant choice is the Wine & Food
pairing. This is a unique, not to be missed opportunity. Kendall-Jackson Wine Center
Meet the chef, taste the wines and learn about the process of Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
pairing wines with food. No matter which of the three wine 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton
and food options you decide upon, each is a fun and educa- (707) 571-8100 • www.kj.com
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Russian Hill Estate is a family-owned and operated de rigeur winery dog and cat, Kiri and Ruska. (Both ani-
winery in the Russian River Valley. Husband-and-wife mals, by the way, have official job functions at the winery
team Edward Gomez and Ellen Mack began searching for aside from acting as greeters: they are in charge of the In-
property in the area in the mid-1990s, knowing they tegrated Pest Management program, specializing in
wanted to make Pinot Noir and well aware that Russian chasing birds away from the ripening grapes and catch-
River Valley had already established an outstanding rep- ing little critters that could damage the vines.)
utation as the premiere region for growing these grapes. Inside the tasting room, although you may be en-
In 1997, they purchased a prop- tranced by the views, you’ve
erty that had a home on it, but come to taste Patrick’s delicious
no vineyards. In the ensuing
Russian Hill Estate wines. The winery is dedicated
years, they have planted vine- Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily to Pinot Noir and Syrah, but
yards, built a winery and, under 4525 Slusser Road, Windsor Patrick also makes two excel-
the winemaking leadership of lent white wines – Chardonnay
their nephew Patrick Melley,
(707) 575-9428 • www.russianhillestate.com
from one of the prestigious
have created their own reputa- Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier Dutton Ranch vineyards and an
tion for excellence in Pinot Noir estate-grown Viognier. Now for
and, perhaps uniquely, for a de- FUN Did you know that Russian Hill's tasting room the Pinot Noirs! Patrick cur-
licious cool-climate Syrah. FACT was originally a dog kennel? Maybe that rently has five Pinots from
You owe it to yourself to visit is why Russian Hill is so dog friendly! different Russian River Valley
Russian Hill Winery to sample vineyards. This is an outstand-
Patrick’s award-winning wines. A second good reason to ing opportunity to taste the difference that vineyard
visit is to enjoy the stupendous views of one of Sonoma location makes in the wine. All are classic Pinot Noirs,
County’s most enchanting regions. Why not bring your however, with rich cherry-raspberry and sweet spice fla-
lunch to enjoy here? Russian Hill is set in the midst of vors.
rolling hills with panoramic views in all directions, but it The real surprise of the tasting may well be Patrick’s
is isolated in the sense that there are no delis or restau- Syrah. Unlike the wines from warmer climates, the cool-
rants nearby, and you won’t want to hurry away once climate expression of the Russian Hill Syrahs is one of
you’ve arrived. elegant restraint of characteristic ripe, black fruit and
Drive up a winding driveway lined with olive trees to spice flavors. His Syrah is smooth and deeply rich with
the tasting room and winery. The stately, pale-yellow soft tannins that come from extended bottle ageing be-
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tasting room has windows that let you admire the scenery with your picnic on the covered outdoor patio while you
while you sip your wine. You will probably be met by the revel in the beauty of Russian River Valley. by Nan Reiley

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Martin Ray Winery is an ambitious amalgam of labels and
wines, all housed in one of Sonoma County’s most historic winer- VARIETALS
ies. Courtney Benham is a third-generation San Joaquin Valley Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Rosé, Pinot Noir,
winemaker who knew he wanted to own a winery himself. In Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
1990, he discovered a treasure trove of old library wines with the
label of Martin Ray, a Santa Cruz Mountains winemaker. Courtney ON THE VINE
bought the rights to the Martin Ray name and in 2003 purchased The longer “hang time” (the time a grape cluster
the historic Martini-Prati Winery in western Sonoma County; they remains on the vine) means riper, richer fruit.
You can find the result right there in your glass.
are now home to the Martin Ray line of wines.
One common thread is the firm belief that vineyard location
FUN FACT
is crucial to character and quality. There is a special emphasis Martin Ray is one of the oldest historical winery sites in
on mountain-grown wines, a conviction that mountain-side the Golden State – California – so take your time and
elevation provides cooler nights during the growing season re- wander through the cellar and see the 10,000 gallon
sulting superb fruit ripeness. Diamond Mountain in Napa Valley, old-growth redwood tanks.
Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma County and the Santa Cruz
Mountains to the south are three of the most prestigious vineyard PLAN AHEAD
locations for Martin Ray grapes. Allow extra time for a tour by appointment only of the
Wines available include fruit-forward, picnic-friendly historic production facilities as well as extensive tasting.
Angeline wines, while Martin Ray wines have more structure and The scenic drive there on winding roads is a fascinating
vineyard character and the Reserves are all vineyard designate. combination of forests and vineyards. You’ll know you’ve
Courtney Benham wines are limited-production offerings from reached the winery when you see the large water tower
some of California’s most interesting wine regions. that dominates the skyline at the winery.
At the winery, picnic tables and chairs outside the tasting
room look over verdant hills and vineyards. Lush, colorful land- Martin Ray Winery
scape and flowers surround the tasting room and the tasting Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
room staff can suggest interesting wines to taste side by side so
2191 Laguna Road, Santa Rosa
you can compare a Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma Mountain
(707) 823-2404 • www.martinraywinery.com
with one from Alexander Valley. It’s not only a great educational
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This is a great place to consider if you are planning a pri-
vate party. Behind the tasting room is the “guest house,” a PLAN AHEAD
large rustic wooden building with lots of glass to let in the Schedule a tour of the grounds for $15 (includes a
Russian River Valley sunshine. There is an elegant great wine tasting), or simply enjoy the wine tasting, sans tour
room with comfortable furniture scattered about, a large for $10. Tours are at 11 a.m. Tasting fees are refundable
with purchase.
dining room with a long table at the ready for private tast-
ings and dinners, a commercial kitchen (complete with VARIETALS
in-house chef) and three bedrooms for overnight guests. The Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah,
walls are bedecked with gorgeous original art, created by Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon
students of the San Francisco Academy of Art.
The tasting room is spacious and comfortable. My first LITTLE KNOWN FACT
impression was of bottles, bottles everywhere! The whole DeLoach Vineyards was recently licensed as
wall behind the tasting bar and one other wall are covered biodynamic, which is a method of organic farming
that looks upon the soil and farm as living organisms,
with horizontally stacked bottles. There is a tasteful selection
so all things on the farm are inter-connected.
of wine-related merchandise artfully displayed around the
At DeLoach Vineyards, there are sheep that keep the
room. weeds under control in the vineyards and a huge flower
I was very impressed by the wines I tasted. Here we go… and vegetable garden that provides produce and flow-
2007 Hawk Hill Chardonnay, $50: Big, intense and loaded ers for special events.
with aromas and flavors of buttered toast, spiced baked
apple and crisp pear from the first sniff, through to the long,
luxurious finish.
DeLoach Vineyards
2006 Le Roi Pinot Noir, $45: This Pinot made me weak in Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
the knees. It is a gorgeous wine with a silken texture and 1791 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa
balanced aromas and flavors of cherry and rose petals with a www.deloachvineyards.com
hint of earthiness and spice. For tours and reservations,
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At Suncé, (“sun” in Serbo-Croatian), in the heart of the
Russian River Valley appellation where open pastures and olive VARIETALS
trees once dominated the landscape, old head-pruned Zinfan- There is quite a comprehensive assortment, many of
them seldom found in Northern California. They include
del vines assert their beauty. Nestled in this serene setting, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Barbera,
Suncé Winery is the ideal place to picnic, play bocce, stroll Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc,
the Pinot Noir vineyard then chat with the winemaker, Frane Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre and
Franicevic. Tempranillo.
Franicevic was 17 when the family moved to Louisiana,
before moving to San Francisco to take his PhD in East-West FUN FACT
The Suncé tasting room and estate features a cozy picnic
Philosophy. “I grew up in Croatia, in a small fishing village on
area, complete with bocce courts that you are welcomed
the Adriatic and I helped my father pick grapes and olives. My to use. It’s a perfect place to come and stay for a while.
parents made wine for the family, but my grandparents were in
the trade. It was hard work, but satisfying.” HISTORY
Once inside Suncé’s cozy tasting room, you’ll find a wide Both Frane and Zinfandel have their roots in the
array of vineyard-designated wines, beginning with a crisp country of Croatia.
Sauvignon Blanc. Moving into the reds, start with the Russian
GOOD TO KNOW
River Valley Zora’s Estate Pinot Noir, a bold Burgundy-style You can go to their website to get on the wine club
wine. Also not to be missed are the old-vine Zins. The Bastoni waiting list. Nearly all of Sunce’s highly sought after
Vineyard Zinfandel is reminiscent of its old world origins, releases are limited to 200-400 cases (12-16 barrels)
brimming with brambly, luscious blackberries and cracked each and are sold directly to wine club members,
black pepper. Also not to be missed is the Double Gold Medal through the tasting room or right out of the barrel
winning Nebbiolo (think of a domestic Barrolo), a collector’s before they’re ever bottled.
wine that Suncé Winery owner and manager Janae Franicevic
says “touches places on the palate that have not been touched,
Suncé Winery
statistically speaking that is, if it ever makes it out of the vine- Open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
yard (it’s more difficult to grow than Pinot Noir) it can have the 1839 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa
perfect balance of acid and tannins.” And these wines are, be (707) 526-9463 • www.suncewinery.com
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Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Olivet
Road has been home to the De Loach family for 35 years. Medal Time
Hook & Ladder hit gold at the San Francisco Chronicle
Cecil De Loach was a firefighter in San Francisco for 16 years
Wine Competition: two Golds for Merlot and Zin;
and in 1970, he and his wife Christine bought their first 24- Double Gold and Best of Class for Third Alarm Reserve
acre vineyard in Sonoma County and started second careers as Pinot Noir; another Double for Sauvignon Blanc.
winegrowers. Five years later they made their first wine and
they went on to build one of the country’s most successful, The Land
popular and iconic wine brands. On 375 acres situated in Russian River Valley, the
Hook & Ladder vineyards produce cool climate grapes
In 2003, with the De Loach Vineyards brand – one of the
widely recognized as some of the finest in the world.
biggest in the country, the De Loach family decided to start
over. They sold their eponymous winery and concentrated on Fun Fact
Hook & Ladder, which they’d started 20 years earlier with a Look for the shiny red Willy’s vintage fire truck near the
Port. In 2004, they opened Hook & Ladder on Olivet Road driveway.
on the first property the family purchased, next to the historic
For Gourmets
Barbieri Ranch.
The long, cool growing season here yields hand-picked
Cecil retired from firefighting in 1982, but there are lots of olives with the intense, ripe flavors for their extra-virgin
firefighter themes at Hook & Ladder, including fire department olive oil. Made from mature Mission trees, the stone-
patches and t-shirts from visiting firefighters decorating the crushed cold press master blend produces a richly
tasting room. Now, three generations of the De Loach family flavored and beautifully colored oil.
keep Hook & Ladder to just 35,000-case annually.
As part of their philosophy of “keeping it simple to help
Hook & Ladder Winery and Vineyards
keep prices down,” the informal and friendly tasting room oc- Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
cupies a part of the winery itself. As to the wine? Medals, 2134 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa
loyal followers and enthusiastic newcomers to the wines are (707) 526-2255
further proof that the De Loaches are still making great wine www.hookandladderwinery.com
after all these years. Look for them on Facebook and become a Fan!

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Situated in the heart of Santa Rosa’s bustling Railroad
Square, Cellars of Sonoma Tasting Room & Wine Bar has be- VARIETALS
come one of the town’s biggest draws as the new place in town You name it. There are reds, whites, dessert wines,
to discover handcrafted, award-winning wines from some of sparklers like the NV Mendocino Sparkling Brut Rosé,
Northern California’s rising star wineries and both new and es- large format bottles and library wines that in some cases
tablished winemakers. are available only to members.
Vintners represented include Amorosa Bella, Bonneau
CHECK THE DATE
Wines, Bradford Mountain, DuNah Vineyards, Gann Family
The full and ever-changing calendar of events at
Cellars, James Family Cellars, La Sirena, Krutz Family Cellars
Cellars of Sonoma includes live music, winemaker visits,
and TR Elliott. All are small-production local wineries. special sales, wine recipe potlucks, live broadcasts,
Adding to the appeal of this trendy spot which does, indeed annual parties like those held for the Oscars and more.
feel as much like a restaurant and bar as it does a traditional Check their website for what’s coming up.
wine country tasting room is that they sell their wines by the
glass, and you can order food from one of the nearby restaurants CLUBBING IT
and they’ll deliver. As one recent visitor wrote, “The atmosphere Their popular Wine Club offers both wines that you’ll be
is friendly, comfortable, casual and fun.” hard-pressed to find anywhere else, as well as discounts.
“Cellars of Sonoma provides regularly scheduled educational
and special events geared toward Sonoma County residents and FUN FACT
visitors alike,” said owner and founder Scott Jordan. “The expe- Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square, right off Highway 101, is
rience that we offer isn’t like a traditional wine shop but rather not only filled with historic buildings, it also has its own
it’s akin to being in the tasting room of an upscale, family-owned boutique shopping.
winery. The ambiance is meant to give our visitors a more
authentic and memorable Sonoma Wine Country experience, Cellars of Sonoma
while providing small lot wines to consumers, and it offers a Sunday - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
valuable distribution channel to the wineries.” Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
It is, as they say in the business world, a classic “win-win”
situation, and more than merits repeat visits, since each day at 133 4th Street, Santa Rosa
this Sonoma establishment is always a new and welcome adven- (707) 578-1826 • www.cellarsofsonoma.com
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Kenwood/Highway 12
First driving into the Valley of the Moon is certainly a lushly sensory experience. Rolling hills, centuries-old Heritage Oaks and verdant vineyards drape the
slopes and valley floor beneath Sonoma’s majestically craggy Mayacama mountain range. Graceful old country manors and their largely still in-tact estates
dot the countryside while cozy towns still speak to neighborly days gone by.
Follow Highway 12, once the railway system, up through the Valley of the Moon to the bucolic bergs of Kenwood! The “one-stoplight town” of Kenwood may
feel like a sleepy, locals town but culinary and wine magic awaits.
Kenwood boasts some of the finest artisan wineries in all of northern California. Ty Caton, Muscardini Cellars, VJB, Kenwood Winery, Kunde, Deerfield Ranch,
Enkidu, the Annadel Estate, St. Francis and Chateau St. Jean are only some of the award winning, gorgeous Wine Country Destinations located in and adjacent
to Kenwood.
Looking for a break from wine tasting? Enjoy antique shopping at Vita Bella or browse “Swede’s Feeds” for garden and both large or small pets’ needs. Splurge
on an ultra-luxurious massage or facial at the Kenwood Inn & Spa. Or simply sit out, pick up a Kenwood Press newspaper and unwind on the patios at Café
Citti, the Kenwood, or Doce Lunas restaurants.
THINGS TO DO Kenwood Plaza Park FOOD
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Located on Warm Springs Road Kenwood Restaurant
Highway 12 & Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood between Kenwood Depot and 9900 Highway 12, Kenwood, CA 95452
Hikes include views, bridges, impressive Kenwood Community Church (707) 833-6326, www.kenwoodrestaurant.com
waterfalls. Home of Ferguson Observatory – This 5 acre park comes complete with a play A favorite restaurant for local winemakers, vintners
largest in the western United States structure and picnic tables. & celebrities. Fresh ingredients, great views,
local/international wines.
Kenwood Depot Kenwood Farmhouse
314 Warm Springs Road, Kenwood 9255 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood Café Citti
(707) 833-5190, www.kenwooddepot.com (707) 833-1212 9049 Highway 12, Kenwood
Sonoma County Historic Landmark #46. Gift shop specializing in the works of local (707) 833-2690, www.cafecitti.com
Now a venue for special events this historic artisans and craftsmen. A trattoria style restaurant with
landmark was once a working train station Look for them on Facebook. “great food, great value, great atmosphere.”
and was built from locally cut basalt.
Swede’s Feeds Pet Garden & Gifts
Vineyards Inn
Kenwood Community Church 9140 Highway 12, Kenwood
8445 Highway 12, Kenwood
9637 Channing Row, Kenwood (707) 833-5050, swedesfeedskenwood.com
(707) 833-4500, www.vineyardsinn.com
www.kenwoodcommunitychurch.com Gifts, garden art, unsual plants
Creative, organic, authentic flavors of Spain
Charming church built in 1888 and pottery.
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Located in the heart of the picturesque Sonoma wine country rests
a majestic castle known as Ledson Winery. The absolute grandeur of WINEMAKER PHILOSOPHY
the Castle is simply stunning. Driving up the road to the winery, one “To make a bottle of wine for every person on Earth
feels they are being welcomed into a world where wine and decadence for both the price point and palate.”
meets. Whether exploring the garden, sitting by the fountain and
looking out over the estate vineyard, or combing through the seem- WHAT NOT TO MISS
ingly endless amount of corridors within the Castle, one is sure to feel The intricately detailed architecture of the building is a
they’re in for an unforgettable wine country experience. On every
must see. It is designed so that even the smallest detail
on the walls or the floor creates an impact.
level, Ledson Winery aims to create an experience for their guests
which goes well beyond common expectations. Once inside, you are TASTING MENU
greeted by a concierge and invited to visit any of the three downstairs Ledson has numerous different varietals as well as
tasting bars or peruse the gourmet marketplace fully stocked with diversified growing regions on the menu, so there really
sandwiches, salads and artisanal cheeses – perfect for a picnic outside is a wine for every preference. Specific standouts include
on one of many benches overlooking the vineyards. Upstairs are mul- the Dry Creek Zinfandel, the Knight’s Valley Cabernet
tiple private tasting suites that one can reserve ahead of time. If Sauvignon and the Cépage blend.
visiting with a large group this is really a wonderful way to experience
the winery and I recommend calling to check on availability. YOU MAY NOW KISS THE BRIDE
With a staggering 86 different wines produced Ledson offers a Ledson is one of the few Sonoma Valley wineries that
wine tasting experience for all in both diversity and complexity. Not can be reserved for wedding ceremonies. There is truly
one of the wines produced by Ledson Winery is distributed outside of nothing more magical than a wedding at the beautiful
the tasting room. Steve Ledson, the winery’s owner and winemaker, castle in order to make a story book fantasy come true.
says he prides himself on crafting wines for every palate. And to do so
effectively, without compromising Ledson’s extraordinary attention to Ledson Winery & Vineyards
quality, he limits his total case production to 40,000 cases a year. So if Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
you want to sample the incredible Ledson catalogue of wines, you
must visit the Castle, in Kenwood. With such beautiful grounds, it’s no 7335 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
wonder this winery is constantly holding special events throughout (707) 537-3810 | www.ledson.com
the year. The tickets for their annual Harvest Party, held every October Follow Ledson on Facebook!
for wine club members, go quickly. So when planning for you next va-
cation, or weekend excursion to the wine country, remember that
For tours & reservations, contact
Ledson Winery’s calendar is one you’ll want to check. by Brendan Conroy (707) 537-3823 or tastings@ledson.com

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With so many different options for wine tasting in Sonoma
Valley, it can be difficult to choose one over another. One win- PLANNING A SPECIAL EVENT?
The St. Francis Visitors Center is perfect for events
ery may have great wine, and another may have a beautiful
such as company meetings or wedding receptions.
view. For the best of everything, come to St Francis Winery & It’s a gorgeous setting, ideal for all types of gatherings
Vineyards. and celebrations.
Start by admiring the majestic view surrounding the Visitor
Center. With its plush foliage, acres upon acres of vineyards FOR THE SMART BARGAIN HUNTER
and intricate, Tuscan-inspired architecture, St. Francis Winery The 2007 Pagani Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel is a classic
Sonoma Valley Zin; spicy and brambly, with flavors of
is nothing short of breathtaking. Sit on the back patio taking in dark fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, followed by
the view of 136 acres of estate vineyards as well as the a long, balanced finish. It is currently being sold for a
grandeur of Hood Mountain. whopping 30% off, so take advantage of the sale before
With three different tasting options, there is a selection of it runs out.
wines for every palate. Visitors can select from a mixture of
WINES TO ENJOY
whites and reds. Zinfandel fanatics can even enjoy a tasting ex-
The 2006 Lagomarsino Cabernet (90% Cabernet with
clusively comprised of different, distinct Zinfandels. The vast 10% Merlot) has silky, rich fruit on the front palate con-
majority of St. Francis’ grapes come from Sonoma Valley, with sisting of mostly blackberry with touches of anise and
the rest coming from other top appellations in Sonoma County, oak. For contrast, the 2007 “Tres Viejos” (meaning three
such as Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. old men) is a ripe Zinfandel with a distinguished flavor of
For the ultimate culinary wine adventure, reserve a seat at blueberry in the front and soft jamminess on the finish.
one of the daily wine and food pairings. The multi-course ex-
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
perience costs $35 and pairs four premium wines with
exceptional gourmet foods from the winery’s talented onsite
Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Executive Chef David Bush. Availability varies by season. Call 100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa
for information or reservations: 1-888-675-WINE. 1-888-675-WINE • www.stfranciswinery.com
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As patrons arrive at Chateau St. Jean they are greeted by an
expansive European inspired garden. The topiary is a true WHAT NOT TO MISS
spectacle which creates a defined ambiance of both grandeur The gardens stand alone as truly a spectacular sight. The
and sophistication. The adjacent patio allows patrons to fully Vineyard Room tasting may be $10 more than the regular,
but one should invest in the experience itself and taste
admire the garden even before they have had a chance to taste.
premium wines in the comfort of an outside patio over-
Chateau St. Jean has two wine tasting room options. The
looking beautiful hills and vineyards.
main tasting room has one of the biggest wine-related gift
shops in Sonoma Valley and gives the patron a well-balanced STANDOUT WINES
sampling of both whites and reds. The Vineyard Room, located The Cabernet Sauvignon Cinq Cépages, Merlot Reserve,
directly across from the main tasting room, focuses on Reserve Chardonnay, Benoist Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc,
Chateau St. Jean’s higher-end wines. The most enchanting Malbec, Fume Blanc and for the sweet wine drinker, the
part about the Vineyard Room tasting experience is the fact Gewurztraminer.
that it can be enjoyed outside. Imagine a brilliant, sun-struck
day sipping wine with friends and family as delightful min- ONE STOP SHOPPING
Chateau St. Jean has an exquisite merchandise section
utes turn into contented hours without a care in the world.
with assorted cheeses, olive oils, balsamic vinegars,
With a total annual production of slightly under 400,000
as well as anything one would need in order to create
cases, consisting of 32 different wines (10 of which are a superb picnic experience. With grounds as beautiful
distributed), Chateau St. Jean is well known in many wine as this, one can plan an entire day around the bounty
circles. One of its most highly reputable wines is known as of Chateau St. Jean.
the Cinq Cépages. A winner of countless awards over the
years, the Cinq Cépages is arguably the most complex wine in Chateau St. Jean
Chateau St. Jean’s wine repertoire. In fact, for $75 per person, Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
one can experience all of the different components that go
8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
into the wine with the Cinq Cépages blending seminar.
www.chateaustjean.com
It lasts roughly two hours and the everyday wine drinker can
feel like an expert as they create their own blend and com- For tours & reservations, call
pete with other tour members in the “Best Blend” contest. 1-800-543-7572
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As one of the few family owned and operated wineries in
Sonoma Valley, VJB emphasizes hospitality. Derived from WINE STANDOUTS
rich, Italian upbringing, the Belmonte family treats guests as The Double Gold awarded 2009 Gabriella Chardonnay
is made in all stainless steel fermentation tanks and
if they were family. In fact, most of the time one is even able
has about 25% maloactic fermentation (what gives
to meet the actual family members working diligently in the Chardonnay a butter-like taste). It embraces the fruit on
tasting room and appreciate their love of wine and people. the front with citrusy notes of orange peel and lilac. Pair
The idea for the winery originally stemmed from the Bel- this wine with light seafood such as crab cakes or scal-
monte family’s restaurant known as Caffe Portofino located lops for optimal results. Also try the flagship red known
near the town square of Santa Rosa. They wanted to make as the Dante. This combination of Cabernet Sauvignon
wine specifically to serve their patrons at their restaurant in and Sangiovese begins with ample spice and blackberry
order to add a more personal connection to the meal. These and finishes with notes of refined, silky dark cherry.
customers were certainly in for treat with these wines.
WINE CLUB CRUISE
One of the best representations of VJB’s wine is the 2007 From June16th-June 23rd, the Belmonte family is
Barbera. It begins with ripe cherry, a hint of boysenberry, and offering to wine club members an opportunity to travel
ends with rich notes of cinnamon and a trace amount of jam- with them to 10 different parts of Alaska on a cruise
miness. This is from start to finish one of the best Barberas in which includes a winemaker’s dinner, wine tasting with
the valley. the family, and much, much more. To embark on this
Now producing roughly 5000 cases annually, VJB has ex- life-changing journey with some of the most sincere
tended its neighborly hospitality to the tasting room itself. people that you will ever meet go to the website at
www.vjbcellars.com and join the wine club..
The wines are exclusively sold at the tasting room and
through the wine club known as “Club Enoteca.” The wines
themselves are mostly grown in Sonoma Valley on their estate
VJB Vineyards & Cellars
vineyards and they use, for the most part, neutral oak in Tasting available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
order to emulate the Italian style of winemaking. Not only Espresso bar opens at 7 a.m. weekends
does VJB serve wine, but it also offers exceptional Italian cof-
6 a.m. Monday-Friday
fee and homemade biscotti so that patrons can enjoy the 9077 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
facility at all hours of the day. by Brendan Conroy (707) 833-2300 • www.vjbcellars.com

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Glen Ellen FOOD
Follow Highway 12, once the railway system, through the Valley of the Moon to the bucolic berg of
Glen Ellen! Glen Ellen is more than just a town. It is the “foodie” and wine destination for Sonoma Glen Ellen InnOyster Grill & Martini Bar
locals. Located north of downtown Sonoma on Arnold Drive, just west of Highway 12, Glen Ellen 13670 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
(707) 996-6409 www.glenelleninn.com
restaurants and town market celebrate the best of local wines, produce and services.
Fusion of local ingredients paired with French,
Check out Glen Ellen’s award-winning wineries such as Eric Ross, Benzinger, Audelssa, HKG and
Asian and Italian influences.
Moondance Cellars. Enjoy a rejuvenating spa experience inside a large, historic wine cask at
Magical Massage. Walk Jack London’s hillsides and explore the famous ruins of his Wolf House. Or Saffron
gather with friends and family at local spots such as The Fig Café, Glen Ellen Inn, Garden Court 13648 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
Café, Saffron and Yeti – the best curry you’ll have outside of India. (707) 938-4844, www.saffronrestaurant.com
Whatever your taste, Glen Ellen is one sweet town that satisfies time and again. “The menu of California fusion cuisine constantly evolves,
with the only constant entrée being Chris’s centerpiece dish,
THINGS TO DO Paella.”
Jack London State Historical Park Bouverie Preserve
13935 Highway 12, Glen Ellen Yeti Restaurant
2400 London Ranch Rd., Glen Ellen
Half-mile-long trail cirlcles throughAdler Fels
(707) 938-4554, www.egret.org 14301 Arnold Drive, Jack London Village, Glen Ellen
Magnificent 535-acre property features a (707) 996-9930, www.yetirestaurant.com
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This is what wine country is all about – leave the big town
or the big highway, roll down the windows and let the fresh WHAT TO TASTE
The Journey wines are crafted from the most pedigreed vine-
country air flow as you meander the narrow, winding road past
yard sites in Sonoma County. Try the Journey Chardonnay or
horses, dairy cows and vineyards. All just to see where the the Journey Red Wine, a Bordeaux-style blend.
road takes you.
LAVENDER CLASS!
In this case it will take you to Matanzas Creek Winery, a Matanzas Creek is hosting a series of lavender seminars for
place that offers something for the wine lover, the green thumb fans of this aromatic and versatile plant. Learn how to plant,
and most anyone in between. tend, harvest and dry lavender. For more details, check the
Matanzas Creek, which put the bucolic east Santa Rosa winery’s website.
neighborhood of Bennett Valley on the map, took its name SPECIAL TOURS AND TASTING OPPORTUNITIES
from the creek that drains away the runoff in the valley. The Matanzas Creek offers private tours and tasting daily at
area enjoys a unique microclimate among North Coast appella- 10:30 a.m. Choose from a Tour and Vintage Room Tasting
or go all out with a Tour, Vintage Room Library Tasting and
tions, with cooling influences from several fronts – the Russian
Cheese Pairing! Reservations are required.
River Valley and Petaluma Gap from the west and southwest,
and the San Pablo Bay to the south and southeast. LITTLE KNOWN FACT
You can take a free, self-guided vineyard tour during regular
Matanzas Creek produces a wide range of wines that reflect
tasting room hours. The walk is less than a mile and is de-
the viticultural diversity of Bennett Valley and Sonoma signed for all ages and levels of wine experience. No
County. The winery is perhaps best known for its Merlot and reservations required.
Sauvignon Blanc. At Matanzas Creek, the cooling influences in
Bennett Valley produce a Merlot that is not only great, but Matanzas Creek Winery
wonderfully expressive and complex. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visitors flock to Matanzas Creek in the spring and early 6097 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
summer when the lavender fields are in bloom. Lavender has www.matanzascreek.com
long been the honored co-star here, and a section of the tasting For Tours and Reservations, call
room is dedicated to the lavender products (soaps, scents, oils 1-800-590-6464 or (707) 528-6464
and more) that are made at the winery. By Michelle J. Baker or email: info@matanzascreek.com

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With its two different locations in the heart of Sonoma
BUBBLES ANYONE?
Valley, Mayo allows patrons the chance to experience fulfill-
Few wineries in Sonoma Valley offer sparkling wines. Mayo
ing, yet diametrically different tasting room experiences. The has its premier 2006 brut from the Laurel Hill Vineyards
Reserve Room located in Kenwood emphasizes hospitality which won a gold medal at the Sonoma County Harvest
and community. This is best depicted in its wine and food Fair. Notes of peach, honeysuckle melon, and a balanced
pairing program. One is treated to a display of culinary acidity prove exactly why it won such a prestigious award.
mastery that will not soon be forgotten. Enjoy an outstanding
display of seven different wines paired with seven different WINE STANDOUTS
courses by the very talented onsite chef, Max Porter-Elliot. The 2007 Malbec from Trio B Vineyard imparts lush black-
Enjoy the Reserve Room with friends and family because berry, cedar, as well as a touch of plum. The mouth feel is
very creamy and yet stays present long into the finish.
wine and food of this caliber is meant to be shared with loved
The 2009 Viognier is a drier style white with notes of
ones. refined lemon, citrus, and is extremely refreshing. To
The second location is known as the Main Tasting Room potentially coin a new wine tasting description, the nose
located in Glen Ellen. This facility focuses on highlighting on the Viognier is highly reminiscent of cotton candy.
Mayo’s superb wine. With over twenty wines on the menu, Come down to the tasting room to see what I mean.
one has ample room to enjoy a multitude of different wines
with such distinct complexities that it would suit any IF THAT IS NOT ENOUGH
discerning palate. The best part about Mayo is the fact that it Mayo wine is also featured at the Cellar Door located at
the Lodge at Carneros in Sonoma. It shares its space with
is opened late. Most wineries in the valley close at 4:30 p.m.,
Chandelle, Haywood and Guerrero wineries.
but Mayo stays opened until 6:30 p.m. This allows the patron
to leisurely make his way to a final wine destination without Mayo Family Winery
worrying about the time. Mayo’s wines are only available at
Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
the tasting rooms themselves, so stop by and pick up some of
the highly acclaimed award winning wines that people all 13101 Arnold Drive at Highway 12, Glen Ellen
around the valley can’t stop talking about. by Brendan Conroy (707) 938-9401 • www.mayofamilywinery.com
Follow Mayo Family Winery on Facebook at Mayo Family Reserve Room
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HENRIK KAM
With a roaring fireplace in the tasting room and a wrap-
around veranda offering sweeping views of Sonoma Mountain, PLAN AHEAD
Arrowood Winery is the perfect winery to visit anytime of year. For a more intimate and in-depth experience, call ahead
At Arrowood, the focus is squarely on great wine, and lead- to reserve a spot in the daily winery Tour and Private
Wine Tasting, held at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily ($20);
ing the way is a slate of truly special Cabernet Sauvignons.
for just $10 more visitors can add cheese pairing to the
Arrowood is one of a scant few wineries that makes Cabernet Private Wine Tasting.
Sauvignon from the historic Monte Rosso Vineyard, which was
first planted all the way back in 1888. Arrowood’s Monte VARIETALS
Rosso Cab, hailing from a small block of the vineyard planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer,
in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, is classically dark and intense, with Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Côte de Lune
beautiful aromatics, complexity and elegance, with a lengthy Blanc (white Rhône-style blend), Côte de Lune Rouge
and soulful finish. (red Rhône-style blend) and a decadent Late Harvest
Arrowood makes a vast selection of other varietals, includ- Riesling.
ing three Syrahs that each show a different face of this versatile
LITTLE KNOWN FACT
and interesting varietal. The same is true for the winery’s vari-
Arrowood has a by-the-glass wine list; it’s easy to stop by
ous Chardonnays, and for white wine lovers Arrowood offers for a glass of wine and enjoy the roaring fireplace in the
Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Viognier produced in very winter; in the summer, hang out on the wrap-around
limited quantities. veranda and enjoy the spectacular view.
Winemaker Heidi von der Mehden took over winemaking
duties in 2010 after three years as Arrowood’s assistant wine-
maker. Heidi has the good fortune to work with fruit from Arrowood Winery
some of the best vineyards in the area, including Arrowood’s Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
certified organic estate vineyard, Saralee’s Vineyard in the 14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen
Russian River Valley and Monte Rosso Vineyard.
For tours or more information, contact
On your trip through Sonoma Valley, drop by Arrowood for
1-800-938-5170 | (707) 935-2600
a Classic Tasting, featuring the best of what Sonoma County
www.arrowoodvineyards.com
has to offer, or a Reserve Tasting, representing the best quality
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Rounding a curve on Highway 12, the sight of the pristine,
white farmhouse that is home to the B.R. Cohn Winery looks like FUN FACTS:
a postcard in the making. This small family-operated winery, sur- • Bruce Cohn sold his first crop of grapes to
rounded by the Olive Hill Estate Vineyards, says “Sonoma” in a August Sebastiani.
way that no other winery quite can. • Soon to be famous winemaker, Helen Turley,
The vineyards are warmed by underground hot springs, while was an early member of the B.R. Cohn team and
cool ocean breezes from the west swoop in to create the ideal wowed the wine world with stellar releases of
growing conditions for the B.R. Cohn line of wines, including ex- B.R. Cohn’s first four vintages.
ceptional Cabernets, Zinfandels, Malbec, Merlots and • Bruce Cohn's favorite car is his classic 1933
Chardonnays. The Olive Hill designation is famous throughout Willys Roadster, one of only 98 built in Australia.
the region for providing the highest quality of grapes and many of • Besides owning one of Sonoma’s most famous wineries,
the region’s top winemakers have utilized fruit from these vine- Bruce Cohn is also the manager of the Doobie Brothers.
yards in their production of premium wine. • The B.R. Cohn farmhouse was once used as a
But magnificent wine is not the only draw of this popular win- stagecoach stop for Wells Fargo.
ery. In 1990, Bruce Cohn began producing gourmet extra virgin
olive oil from the 140-year-old Picholine olive trees that dot his
land, as well as handcrafted vinegars. His B.R. Cohn Olive Oil is B.R. Cohn Winery
now considered one of the finest examples of ultra-premium olive & Olive Oil Company
oil in California. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Music is another passion of this very Renaissance man. The
Charity Fall Music Festival held at the winery, now in its 25th 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen
year, has garnered a loyal following and helped to make the win- (707) 938-4064 | www.brcohn.com
ery a primary destination spot for visitors to the area.
Email: info@brcohn.com
Don’t miss the Gourmet Shop either, where you can sample
their line of gourmet olive oils and hand-crafted vinegars. To schedule tours by appointment, call
On the many sunny days that grace this beautiful corner of the 1-800-330-4064 ext. 124
world, their patio area provides the perfect location for a picnic
and a chance to gaze out at the rolling vineyards surrounding the Look for B.R. Cohn on
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Not everyone in the wine industry takes themselves seriously.
Some have a blast doing what they love and enjoying the ride. FUN FACTS
Priscilla and David Cohen are two of the most friendly, • David and Priscilla are “mom & dad” to a virtual
approachable vintners in Sonoma County. Their casual, “zoo” of horses, dogs, cats and birds
welcoming tasting room offers exactly the kind of personal,
• David’s pride and joy is his 1965 blown candy
one-of-a-kind wine country experience that many people seek
when visiting this famous region. brandy-wine Corvette.
Moondance Cellars is truly a boutique winery, producing small • David and Priscilla are ardent supporters of
lots of award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Canine Companions for Independence and are
Zinfandel from grapes grown in some of the most celebrated partnering with them through the sale of the
vineyards of Napa, Sonoma, Russian River and Dry Creek Valley. Life Unleashed Moondance Merlot.
Located in the sleepy, little village of Glen Ellen, Moondance • Priscilla likes to spend her days off exploring
Cellars requires that you take a moment and step off the beaten the beautiful back country of Sonoma astride
path. You will be amply awarded for your efforts. Either David or her paint gelding, Jester.
Priscilla themselves will likely be around to greet you and pour
their marvelous wines, along with a few tall tales sure to produce a
hearty round of laughter at the tasting bar. This is where wine tast-
ing means a darned good time. Moondance Cellars
David came by his skills as a winemaker through family connec- Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
tions. His cousin, Bruce Cohn owns the famous B.R. Cohn Winery.
With the assistance of such luminaries of the trade as Helen Turley 14301 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
and the late John Speed, David was able to hone his craft and take (707) 823-0880
his place alongside the best. info@moondancecellars.com
For the ultimate in wine country experiences, gather together a
group of your friends and make some vino of your own at Moon- For tours & reservations, call
dance Cellars. It starts with a private tasting tour, lunch and even a (707) 938-7550
serenade in the gardens. Then your group will actually participate Follow them on
in the bottling and labeling of approximately twenty-five cases of
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If one is charged with finding a perfect wine for the perfect
meal, Eric Ross is the place to look. With a wide variety of dif- WINES NOT TO MISS
2009 Marsanne Roussanne – Lemon, citrus with a
ferent grapes originally descending from such prestigious
balanced acidity which would be perfect with shellfish.
regions as France, Spain and even Croatia, any consumer can 2009 Saralee Pinot Noir – Light body with hints of
discover a wine that would not only go with their favorite meal, bramble and raspberry.
but also could be enjoyed on its own. Stylistically, each wine has 2009 Dry Creek Old Vine Zinfandel – Classic example of
a bold, fruity front palate which only blossoms the longer one the 90 year old vines working hard to deliver smooth rich
darker berry aromas with balanced smokey undertones.
savors it and very elegantly finishes without bite or harsh tan-
nin. The wine makes a statement without being abrasive. MEET THE MASCOT
As one is deciding on a preference between the different At Eric Ross, the mascot is a rooster which sits quite com-
wines (which is no easy feat), take a moment to experience the fortably on top of the bar. Feel free to inquire about its
photography adorning the tasting room. The winemaker, Eric back story and enjoy the humorous anecdote.
Luse, began his wine journey as a photographer for the San LEARN MORE
Francisco Chronicle. Fascinated by the wine and its lifestyle, As stated earlier, each of Luse’s photos has a vivid story
Luce began taking pictures of vineyard workers as they worked behind it, so feel free to also inquire into the individual
diligently day-by-day in the vineyards. Each one of his photo- lives of the vineyard workers that he has so eloquently
depicted and memorialized. The beauty of some specific
graphs has a story to be told, and yet the viewer can by pictures stem from the minimalistic presentation of the
themselves relive life from moment to moment through the photograph contrasted with the depths of emotion in the
eyes of these dedicated vineyard workers. central point of focus.
With a total annual production of roughly 3000 cases, Eric
Ross does not distribute outside of the tasting room and thus is
Eric Ross Winery
very hard to come by. So plan a day at Eric Ross and make sure Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
to think of your favorite meals because this truly premier win- 14300 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen
(707) 939-8525 | www.ericross.com
ery will make any dinner exceptional. For more information,
visit ericross.com. – Brendan Conroy For private tastings, contact
Dennis & Diane Mitchell
Become a Fan of Eric Ross Winery on Facebook! (707) 939-8525 or ddmitchell@ericross.com

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As one travels up the mountain, miles upon miles of ter-
raced vineyards cascade in perfect symmetry down the OVERALL PHILOSOPHY
“Don’t forget to stop and smell the vino.”
summit while being juxtaposed to the cool, silk-like fog em- The overall message imparted by the Schaefer family
bankment that highlights the terrain. Very few sites in the is very festive and emphasizes the celebration of life.
area embody such aesthetic beauty as Mountain Terraces
Vineyard. Located on the Sonoma side of Mt. Veeder, this SEEING THE SIGHTS
From Mountain Terraces Vineyard, one can see not only
pristine masterpiece of agricultural artistry will leave any
a beautiful slice of Sonoma Valley, but one can also see
viewer with a sense of awe and appreciation. San Pablo Bay, San Francisco and the top of the Golden
With 125 acres (80 of which are planted) as well as Gate Bridge. The true majesty of the view is nothing
multiple elevations within the estate, it is no wonder that short of amazing.
Mountain Terraces Vineyard is capable of growing a multi-
BRING SOME SNACKS
tude of Bordeaux and Rhône varieties. There are also 800 We would highly suggest packing some picnic items for
Italian olive trees adding to the beauty of the property from the trip because once you see the view; you will not
which absolutely lovely estate olive oil is made. want to leave for a very long time. There are also conve-
The winery on the top of the estate is called Akóma niently placed picnic tables from which one can take in
the charm of the mountainside. Don’t forget a loaf of
Zoúme which is Greek and means “live on.” Thoughtfully bread for dipping in the estate olive oil.
crafted from these premium mountainside grapes are truly
delightful, complex and balanced wines.
Mountain Terraces Vineyard will offer the quintessential
Mountain Terraces Vineyard
Open by appointment only.
day trip experience. With such majestic views, one cannot
help but to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a bright, sunny af- For tours or more information, contact
Dan and Gloria Schaefer
ternoon with friends and family in the heart of naturalistic
(707) 481-7377 | gloria@mountainterraces.net
decadence. Vineyard tours are presented only by appoint-
ment so that the guests may have the finest experience and Follow Mountain Terraces Vineyard on Facebook
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If you are visiting the historic town of Sonoma, you just
gotta visit Hawkes Winery’s tasting room. It is located just off VARIETALS
Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon – Library
the Sonoma plaza, right behind The Girl and the Fig Restau- wines and large format bottles are also available.
rant (which is fabulous, by the way!). The tasting room is a
LITTLE KNOWN FACT
converted bungalow that sits on a quiet side street. Neat, mini-
Total production at Hawkes is only around 3000 cases
mal landscaping surrounds the tasting room. The interior is and all of the grapes are estate grown.
painted bright white, with lots of windows and light colored
FUN FACT
hardwood floors. Tasteful paintings dot the walls. The overall All of wines are small production and estate grown in-
atmosphere is light and airy, much like their other tasting cluding the 2006 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)
room in the Alexander Valley. T-shirts and hats are available for from vines the Hawkes family planted in 1971 – first
purchase, but the focus is really on the wines here. Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Alexander Valley!
Corinne was my server and I really enjoyed visiting with LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
her. She is very friendly and knowledgeable about everything Located just barely off the Sonoma plaza, the tasting
Hawkes (and other stuff, too). She will put you at ease and room has patio seating available in the summer to
sit, sip and savor as you watch the world go by.
serve you some great wines.
Let’s talk about the wines. I tasted a few wines during my PLAN AHEAD
visit – the following wines were my favorites: Give yourself at least a half hour to fully enjoy your visit
and to learn about the wines and winery. A nominal $10
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley ($60): This tasting fee (refundable with bottle purchase, excluding
is Cabernet Sauvignon with a capital “C!” Mouthwatering aro- Chardonnay) allows you to taste five fabulous wines, and
mas of spice box, black cherry, cassis and mocha delight the sometimes a special library wine is thrown into the mix.
nose and continue as flavors in the decadently rich mouth.
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Pyramid Vineyard ($60): In a Hawkes Winery
word, luscious! Black cherry, chocolate, potpourri spice and Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Monday
pipe tobacco aromas and flavors abound, all wrapped up in a 383 1st Street West, Sonoma
velvety smooth mouthfeel. (707) 938-7620 • www.hawkeswine.com
Hawkes Winery offers world-class wines and nice people Twitter: @hawkeswine
with beautiful surroundings. by Sue Straight, The Wine Wench Facebook.com/hawkeswine

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The wholesome, unpretentious charm of the Sonoma Plaza
is undeniable. Fortunately for the Charles Creek Vineyard Tast- FUN FACTS:
ing Room, it is also the view out their front door. • Charles Creek Winery’s Tecolote Wine Club is named
Being located directly across from the historic stone city hall after his grandmother. It is Spanish for “owl” and was
and leafy expanses of the famous Sonoma Plaza is certainly an his grandfather’s nickname for her.
advantage, but having award-winning wines to pour is really • Bill Brinton is a direct descendent of John Deere, who
the true measure of a tasting room’s draw for the wine lovers gained fame and fortune as the inventor of the self-
who flock to the Sonoma Valley. scouring steel plow and started one of America’s most
successful companies.
The Charles Creek Winery does not fail to deliver. Their
2009 “Saralee’s Vineyard” Chardonnay recently took the Double • Charles Creek is named after Bill and Gerry’s son,
Gold at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Charley.
Created when Bill and Gerry Brinton, the descendants of Charles Creek Vineyard
Midwestern farm stock, took the step to expand their little Open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
family vineyard into a real commercial winery. Charles Creek
483 First Street West, on the Sonoma Plaza
Winery specializes in Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, (707) 935-3848 | www.charlescreek.com
but they also produce some marvelous smaller lots of Malbec,
Find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Tempranillo and Grenache.
The Brintons are also dedicated to showcasing the work of
local artists. One very eye-catching piece, however, is not for
sale. “Ms. Moolot” a near-life-sized cow made entirely of wine
corks graces the middle of the tasting room…in fact, she nearly
takes over the space. But no one complains. She’s a whimsical
addition to the tasting room and famous for happily posing with
visitors. She has appeared in literally thousands of vacation pho-
tos and has become an icon of the winery. by Ronda Giangreco

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Don’t let the palm trees in front fool you, there’s nothing
tropical going on here, just some incredible Rhône blends and A LITTLE TRIVIA
traditional varietals grown in the Carneros region at Anaba The tasting room is a 100-year old farmhouse, that
Wines. Owner John Sweazey, originally from Chicago, fell in belonged to a family for three generations.
love with the Rhône region of France many years ago and de-
cided the Sonoma Valley was where he wanted to join forces GOOD TO KNOW
with winemaker, Jennifer Marion in 2006. With a case produc- • Tasting room favorite is the Coriol Red.
tion of less than 5,000, Anaba can truly be considered a • Winemaker Jennifer Marion spent time
“boutique” winery. at MacRostie before coming to Anaba.
Anaba’s name (pronounced “Ann-ah-bah”) comes from the • Enjoy a picnic or glass of wine on the porch.
anabatic winds that blow through this part of the Carneros.
The flagship brands are Rhône varietals called “Coriol,” named A LITTLE FUN
after the Coriolis Effect, which is the name for how the earth • Wine club members get 15% off wine – free to join.
and the magnetic fields of the poles affect the wind on earth, • Blending party for wine club members in October.
• Try the port chocolate sauce over cheesecake.
and if you’ve ever been to the Carneros region, then you’ve felt
the wind. Anaba takes advantage of these winds, utilizing a 45'
tall wind turbine to power the 100-year-old farm house tasting Anaba Wines
room, as well as the property’s irrigation pumps on the eight Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
acres of estate vines. Wine tasting offered until 5:15 p.m.
Anaba’s 2009 “Coriol” White is an exceptional blend Large groups, please call in advance.
of Roussanne, Voignier, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne. 60 Bonneau Road, Sonoma
The 2007 “Coriol” Red is a blend of Grenache, Mouverdre,
Petite Sirah and a lesser known varietal called Counoise. 1-877-990-4188 (Toll Free)
Anaba also has a fine estate-grown Pinot Noir, and new this (707) 996-4188 (Local)
year will be Gaps Crown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well www.anabawines.com
as a mouthwatering Grenache Rosé. Look for Anaba Wines on
Another treat not to be missed is the late-harvest Viognier, Facebook.com/anabawines
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Wine tasting is never just about the wine. A picturesque
winery, warm and welcoming hosts and a bucolic setting in FUN FACT
The vineyards were once the site of a Miwok village, as
which to enjoy a picnic, all combine to produce the memo- well as the site of the original Sonoma Mission before it
ries everyone hopes for when they set out to visit the wine was moved to downtown Sonoma.
country. No place delivers all three better than Cline Cellars
on the southern edge of Sonoma. MUST SEE
The California Missions Museum is a marvelous collection
Fred Cline and his wife Nancy moved their winery from of to-scale models of all of the California missions. It was
its original home in Oakley in order to enjoy the magnificent first debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair at Treasure Island.
splendor of the Sonoma countryside, as well as to take ad- The models are acclaimed as an extraordinary and accu-
vantage of the long and fruitful growing season that the rate depiction of California history. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Carneros region offers. Their tasting room, located in an WINERY TOURS/TASTING
1850s farmhouse, is surrounded by lush green lawns, six Tours are available at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. daily. Compli-
spring-fed ponds and a glorious array of flowers, including mentary tasting is offered daily. Food and wine pairing,
wine blending and barrel tasting can be arranged by ap-
more than five thousand rose bushes. The scene is the per-
pointment.
fect backdrop for an afternoon of wine tasting, a wedding or
a special event. WHAT’S COMING UP
Their historic 350-acre estate is planted to Syrah, Cline Cellars will host the 15th Annual Dixieland Jazz
and Wine Festival on July 16th. A local favorite in the
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, producing wines that have wine country, this event is the perfect way to spend a
consistently garnered rave reviews. But it is Fred’s passion summer day.
for the Rhone varietals that have made the winery famous.
Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne flourish on the Cline Cellars
estate and produce award-winning wines that have visitors Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
coming back time and time again to this quintessential 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
Sonoma winery. – Ronda Giangreco (707) 940-4030 | www.clinecellars.com
For tours & reservations, contact Eric Hansen
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The sun is shining on an endless sea of vineyards. You’re
sipping a luscious glass of Sangiovese and dipping fresh bread FUN FACT
in a bowl of rich, buttery olive oil. A scene from a villa in Tus- Their first vineyards were planted in 1936 and consisted
cany? No, just another perfect afternoon at the Jacuzzi Family of Zinfandel, Carignane and Mourvedre grapes that they
sold for a mere $30-$35 a ton!
Vineyards in Sonoma.
The Jacuzzi family first emigrated from Italy in the early WINE TOURS
1900s to work on the railroad. Eventually however, the Jacuzzi While the tasting room is open daily for complimentary
brothers would venture into the aviation business, the spa tastings, wine tours are available only by appointment.
business and to the delight of visitors to the Sonoma Valley, the Please call (707) 931-7576 and they will gladly arrange
wine business. to give you a guided tour of their remarkable winery.
The vineyards lie primarily in the Carneros wine region that Food and wine pairings can also be arranged.
stretches between Napa and Sonoma. Here, the winery sits on
DON’T MISS
one hundred and ninety acres of lush, fertile land that boasts
The Jacuzzi Family museum. A fascinating collection
rolling green hills and the historic flatlands of the San Pablo of photos and memorabilia documenting this amazing
Bay. Concentrating on Italian wines, Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Italian/American family’s history.
produces Moscato Bianco, Dolcetto, Aleatico, Aglianico, Primi-
tivo and the hard-to-find varietals, Lagrein and Vernaccia, one
of Tuscany’s most historic wines, just to name a few. There is no Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
need for a passport to be transported to the wine regions of
Italy, just a short drive to Sonoma will provide all the charm, Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
scenery and magnificent wines of the country without the time 24724 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
and expense of overseas travel. (707) 931-7575 | www.jacuzziwines.com
No visit to the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards is complete without For tours & reservations, contact
a stop by The Olive Press Olive Oil Tasting Room and Gift Teresa Hernando (707) 931-7576
Shop. Dedicated to anything and everything having to do with
olives and olive oil, the shop offers samples of the Jacuzzi Fam- Follow them on Facebook:
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Viansa Winery & Marketplace is a property like none
other; a true destination in wine country. From the moment WINES TO ENJOY
guests enter the grounds they’re met with miles of well kept, 2009 Arneis – The grape itself is an obscure Italian
variety that is quite uncommon in the area and imparts
aesthetically intriguing vineyards and preserved wetlands,
notes of lemon, citrus and a touch of dry acidity.
endless rows of olive trees and gorgeous Italian statues and Perfect with light seafood such as scallops or oysters.
sculptures. All leading the way to winery’s iconic Tuscan Villa, 2005 “V” is a Bordeaux blend consisting of Cabernet
perched high above the valley. Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. It is a bold wine
Offering guests a unique taste of California and Italian that does not overpower the palate with notes of cedar,
wine history, Viansa is renowned for producing a wide array blackberry and a hint of dark cherry.
of Cal-Ital, award-winning wines. Winetasting here is a must;
a chance to try wines that are only available directly through LOTS OF CHOICES
the winery, the extensive menu includes Estate wines, popu- With four distinctly different wine clubs at Viansa, there
lar California varietals and proprietary blends that combine are options for every palate and preference.
their California and Italian roots.
Also a must, a trip through the winery’s Marketplace, the MASTERFUL COOKING
In addition to a wide array of wine and food pairing
largest in the valley. From freshly prepared gourmet foods, books sold in the Marketplace, Viansa's website has an
to artisan cheeses and sweets to enjoy while picnicking expansive library of recipes, including appetizers, main
overlooking the vineyards and wetlands, to exploring the courses, side dishes and desserts. All accessed under the
hundreds of foods created exclusively for Viansa, unique “Food” section, it’s a great resource for delicious wine and
wine tools and accessories and imported ceramics and food enjoyment.
keepsakes, it’s much more than a tasting room visit.
A winery experience not to miss, it’s all this and more.
Viansa Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit viansa.com for more details or find Viansa on both
Facebook and Twitter, (there’s even a Facebook page 25200 Arnold Drive, Sonona
specifically for Viansa wedding).
(707) 935-4700 | www.viansa.com
There are few places better for spending the day in wine For tours & reservations, contact
country. – Brendan Conroy (707) 935-4717 or events@viansa.com

Enjoy tasting with a friend. Purchase one tasting package and receive one complimentary wine tasting as our guest.
Plus: enjoy15% savings on all wine purchases during your visit.

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Acorn Winery – Healdsburg, tasting by appointment only, 707-433-6440 P32

Anaba Wines – Sonoma, daily 10:30am-5:30pm, 707-996-4188 P64 ✘


Armida Winery – Healdsburg, daily 11am-5pm, 707-433-2222 P16 ✘
Arrowood Winery – Glen Ellen, daily 10am-4:30pm P56 ✘ ✘ ✘
Asti Winery – Cloverdale, daily 10am-5pm, 707-265-5490 P25 ✘ ✘
B.R. Cohn Winery – Glen Ellen, daily 10am-5pm, 707-938-4064 P57 ✘ ✘
Balletto Vineyards – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-568-2455 x101 P39 ✘ ✘ ✘
Boisset Taste of Terroir – Healdsburg, daily (check hours), 707-473-9707 P21 ✘
Cellars of Sonoma – Santa Rosa, daily (check hours), 707-578-1826 P47 ✘ ✘ ✘
Chalk Hill Estate – Healdsburg, daily 10am-4pm, 707-657-4837 P35 ✘ ✘ ✘
Charles Creek Vineyard – Sonoma, daily 11am-6pm, 707-935-3848 P63 ✘ ✘ ✘
Chateau St. Jean – Kenwood, daily 10am-5pm, 1-800-543-7572 P51 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
Christopher Creek Winery – Healdsburg, daily 11am-5pm, 707-433-2001 P33 ✘ ✘
Cline Cellars – Sonoma, daily 10am-6pm, 707-940-4030 P65 ✘ ✘
De La Montanya Estate – Healdsburg, open by appointment, 707-433-3711 P17 ✘ ✘ ✘
DeLoach Vineyards – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-526-9111 P44 ✘ ✘ ✘
Dry Creek Vineyard – Healdsburg, daily 10:30am-4:30pm, 707-433-1000 P14 ✘ ✘ ✘
Dutcher Crossing Winery – Healdsburg, daily 11am-5pm, 707-431-2700 P10 ✘ ✘
Dutton Estate Winery – Sebastopol, daily 10am-5pm, 707-829-9463 P38 ✘ ✘
Eric Ross Winery – Glen Ellen, daily 11am-5pm, 707-939-8525 P59

Ferrari-Carano – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-6700 P9 ✘ ✘ ✘


Forchini – Healdsburg, Fri-Sun 11am-4pm, 707-431-8886 P11 ✘
Freestone Vineyards – Freestone, Thu-Mon 11am-5pm, 707-875-1010 P37 ✘
Hawkes Winery – Healdsburg, Thu-Mon 10am-5pm, 707-433-HAWK P27 ✘
Hawkes Winery – Sonoma, Thu-Mon 10am-6pm, 707-938-7620 P62 ✘
Hook & Ladder – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-526-2255 P46 ✘ ✘
Hop Kiln (HKG) – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-6491 P18 ✘ ✘ HKG ✘
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards – Sonoma, daily 11am-5:30pm, 707-931-7575 P66 ✘
Kendall-Jackson Tasting Room – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-7102 P20 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
Kendall-Jackson Wine Center – Fulton, daily 10am-5pm, 707-571-8100 P41 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
Ledson Winery & Vineyards – Kenwood, daily 10am-5pm, 707-537-3810 P49 ✘ ✘ ✘
Martin Ray Winery – Santa Rosa, daily 11am-5pm, 707-823-2404 P43 ✘ ✘
Matanzas Creek Winery – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-528-6464 P54 ✘ ✘
Mayo Family Winery – Glen Ellen, daily 10:30am-6:30pm, 707-938-9401 P55 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
Medlock Ames Winery – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-8845 P28 ✘ ✘
Mercury Wines – Geyserville, Thu-Mon 11am-6pm or by appt, 707-857-9870 P26 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
Merriam Vineyards – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-4032 P34 ✘ ✘
Moondance Cellars – Glen Ellen, daily 11am-5pm, 707-823-0880 P58 ✘ ✘ ✘
Mountain Terraces Vineyard – Glen Ellen, by appointment only, 707-481-7377 P60

Peterson Winery – Healdsburg, Fri-Mon 11am-4:30pm or by appt, 707-431-7568 P13 ✘


Rodney Strong Vineyards – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-431-1533 P31 ✘ ✘
Russian Hill Estate – Windsor, daily 10am-4pm, 707-575-9428 P42 ✘ ✘
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Santa Rosa, daily 10am-5pm, 1-888-675-WINE P50 ✘
Sbragia Family Vineyards – Healdsburg, daily 11am-5pm, 707-473-2992 P8 ✘ ✘
Simi Winery – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-473-3232 P29 ✘ ✘
Stephen & Walker Winery – Healdsburg, daily 11am-7pm, 707-431-8749 P23 ✘
Suncé Winery – Santa Rosa, daily 10:30am-5pm, 707-526-9463 P45 ✘ ✘
Topel Tasting Room – Healdsburg, daily 11am-7pm, 707-433-4116 P22 ✘ ✘
Truett Hurst Winery – Healdsburg, daily 10am-5pm, 707-433-9545 P12

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Viansa Winery – Sonoma, daily 10am-5pm, 707-935-4700 P67 ✘ ✘

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Rockpile
Wattle Creek

RUS
Fritz Pastori

SIA
N
Lake ASTI

RIV
Souverain, Cellar No. 8

ER
Sonoma Silver

DUTCHER CR
Oak

EEK
Vinwood Cellars
SBRAGIA FAMILY
TO THE FERRARI-CARANO Kachina 101 Alexander
DUTCHER CROSSING Frick
David Caffaro
MENDOCINO
COAST Bella Vineyards J Rickards
Valley
Preston Vineyards Pedroncelli
STEWART’S POINT
RD Zachichi CANYON Geyser Peak
RD
Yoakim Bridge Talty FORCHINI . Palmeri
Dry Amphora Route 128 Winery
Raymond Burr Vineyards Meeker
Papapietro Perry
Göpfrich Kokomo Local deLorimier
Creek TRUETT HURST MERCURY TerroirsTrione
Martorana PETERSON Clos
Michel-Schlumberger Unti
Quivira

DRY CREEK RD.


Passalacqua
Rued FAMILY Francis Du Bois Vintners Signatures
Mounts Teldeschi Ford
A Rafanelli Coppola
DRY CREEK Trentadue
Lambert Bridge

W. DR
Mauritson

Y
TO THE

DR
128

CR
MENDOCINO
Mazzocco

YC

EE
K
LYTTON SPGS

RE
Pasterick Garden Creek Ranch Robert Young
COAST
Amista AL Stryker Sonoma
E

EK RD.
Nalle Ridge SIMI XAND
Jordan ER VALLEY
HAWKES
Deux Amis Duchamp Grove
Street Stuhlmuller Sausal
Wilson MEDLOCK AMES Stonestreet BOISSET TASTE OF TERROIR
Montemaggiore White Oak FERRARI-CARANO’S
Northern Forth
SEASONS OF THE VINEYARD
Everett Ridge KENDALL-JACKSON
Sonoma Johnson’s
Michael Bernard Alexander Valley Vineyards
Flowers DaVero STEPHEN & WALKER
1 Vineyard Alderbrook Field Stone Hanna
TOPEL
& Winery Knights
MacPhail Foppiano Christie Limerick Downtown Wine
Mill Creek Vineyards ACORN Lane Lancaster Estate Edmeades
Caz adero ARMIDA Meitz CHRISTOPHER Vérité/ Valley Front Street Wineries:
Russian DE LA MONTANYA Archipel • Camellia Cellars
CREEK

D.
Starlite • Davis Family

ER
RODNEY STRONG

ID
River Matrix Twomey Vineyards • Sapphire Hills

TS
J Wine

ES
C. Donatiello

W
Korbel HOP DeNatale
MERRIAM • Holdredge
Chateau Felice .
T

KILN Hauck Cellars


ES

Vine Tastings Hawley Tasting Room & Gallery


116 Bradford Mtn Rochioli WINDS
OR
CHALK HILL
FOR

Gary Farrell Arista RIV Chalk Hudson Street Wineries


D

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RD
Porter • Bluenose Wines

IDE
Thomas
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Moshin Creek
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• Grove Street
STS
George Hill
PET

PL
AL

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SA • Owl Ridge
CH

Copain N T
• Sadler-Wells
RED

Mueller
WOO

Gustavo • Rocking Z Vineyard


D


Thrace Teira
Hartford Family
HWY

RUSSIAN HILL Sonoma-Cutrer La Crema


R

1 Russian River Vnyds Emtu Estate


RIV
ER ESTATE Lake Sonoma
KENDALL-JACKSON
SSE

RD.

BOH
Iron Horse Longboard Vineyards

E
SLU

River Road Woodenhead WINE CENTER


Green Joseph Swan Manzanita Creek

MIAN
D.

Tara Bella Martinelli


RD.

MARK W R Murphy-Goode
A
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ESTATE MARTIN Pellegrini Harvest Moon EST GS St. Helena Road


Valley DUTTON SPRIN
UN

Optima
IVE

Occidental Road RAY SUNCÉ Robert Rue


Winery
OL

LAG

Atascadero Creek Dehlinger Benovia Pezzi King

HIGHWAY
Graton Ridge Portalupi
Marimar Torres GRATON RD. Red Car HOOK & LADDER Carol Shelton Inspiration
Inman INDUS
Dutton-Goldfield DeLOACH TRIAL Roadhouse Winery
Emeritus Lynmar GU Battaglini PINERNovy Russian River Wine Co.
ER Siduri
Merry Edwards NE
VIL Paradise Ridge Seghesio
.

LE
RD

RD. Selby
N

OCCIDENTAL D&L Peters FOUNTAIN


GR
29
BALLETTO Thirty Four North Wine Merchant
LTO

MO
OVE MONTE
CITO
RD.

Taft Street Winery Carinalli Family OC

NT
FU

Freeman CID Thumbprint


GO
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TA
D’Argenzio
L
OGA

R
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LR Toad Hollow

RY
FREESTONE VINEYARDS D. CELLARS OF

OL
Gourmet au Bay Kruta 128

D
Waterfront Tasting Room

WAT
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BODEGA HIG GE
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Sheldon

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BURNSIDE • Christie
Littorai

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VA
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116 101 LEDSON RD.
N
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Sugar Loaf
GRA
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Ridge
Sable
128

AD
MATANZAS CREEK Paradise Ridge
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Ridge

RO
Muscardini & Ty Caton Cellars
TO

ILL
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AH
Pavo Wines VJB CELLARS AND

UM
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CHATEAU ST. JEAN

AL
BE
SACRAMENTO
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Cellars ET Kenwood Winery

P
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AL Family Wineries
LE
YR
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Deerfield Ranch Kunde
Loxton
Wellington
RO
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MAYO FAMILY
LA Benziger Family
RR
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HKG ESTATE
PETALUMA V
AL
Imagery
LE ERIC ROSS

Y
1 BR COHN

FO
MOONDANCE CELLARS ARROWOOD

R
D
RD Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Little Vineyards
.
Valley of the Moon Winery
Robert Hunter Petroni Vineyards
BOD
EGA
MOUNTAIN TERRACES VINEYARDS
HWY Paint Horse Moon Mountain
Hanzell
WASHINGT
ON
12
Clary Ranch
Sonoma Valley
Port Works HAWKES
ORANGE RD.

Roche Ravenswood
Clarbec Roessler
Adobe Road
Corda FRATE Sebastiani
S CHARLES CREEK
Tomales Adobe Eric K James Bartholomew Park
Road ST
AG
Hwy 12 Winery
EG Westwood Sojourn LO
Winery UL VA
LL
Bay CH The Sonoma Enoteca VA Buena Vista
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Robledo CELLAR Cave LL


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116 Family E
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116 DOOR NA NA
PA
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RD
BONNESS RD

ANABA
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Keller
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Estate MacRostie
8T

Schug 12 Parmelee-Hill
101 Bonneau Larson Family 121 Kamen Gundlach Bundschu
Tin Barn
E
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Gloria Ferrer Meadowcroft


LA

Gofessel
DA

Caves & Vineyards Keating Wines


KE
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LE
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Kastania
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Vineyards 121 Region


Homewood Nicholson
Travelling around Sonoma County CLINE Winery Ranch
JACUZZI
TRAVEL TIME
AL

VIANSA
M

MILES (Average) (Peak)


RA

TO
N
Golden Gate Bridge to Sebastopol 49 60 80 37 APA

Sebastopol to Santa Rosa 7 12 20


Downtown Santa Rosa to Healdsburg 16 20 30
Healdsburg to Geyserville 8 15 15 TO
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SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO San Pablo Bay