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Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

#1 Post by Brian Tuite » March 26th, 2014, 2:38 pm

Sonoma County, or Sonoma as it is regularly referred to on the wine boards, is a very large area spread over nearly 1,800 sq/mi and incorporating 16 different AVAs. Elevations from sea level to almost 2,700' make it an area of multiple hills, valleys, pastures and micro-climates. So many threads pop up here asking where to go and/or where to stay when visiting Sonoma. Being a local I want to scream "Be more specific!" Sonoma is a town but is also the name of the County. To me Sonoma is the town of. To the traveler it is the wine region. Giving you the proper advice hinges on multiple factors. Here are a few things to consider when asking for advice from Berserkers.

Where are you going?

Some AVAs are spread apart to where visiting more than one or two in a day is not a good choice so be aware of the location of your winery choices before mapping out your tastings.

Alexander Valley - Begins Southeast of Healdsburg and reaches to Cloverdale in the North

Bennett Valley - Extends Southeast from East Santa Rosa.

Carneros-Sonoma - Nestled between the Southern edge of Napa and the Southern edge of Sonoma along San Pablo Bay.

Chalk Hill - Stretches from the southeast of Windsor (Pleasant Ave) north to Hwy 128 in the Alexander Valley.

Dry Creek Valley - Stretches West of Healdsburg to Lake Sonoma

Fort Ross - Seaview - Within the Northern part of the Sonoma Coast AVA

Green Valley of Russian River Valley - A small area within the RRV to the West of Hwy 116 and the East of the Occidental Ridge, North of occidental Rd up to Forestville and the Russian River.

Knights Valley - South of the Alexander Valley under the looming Mount St Helena

Moon Mountain - on the West facing slope of the Mayacamas overlooking Sonoma.

Northern Sonoma - This AVA encompasses everything that isn't within the Sonoma Coast and Sonoma Valley area but has a small piece that holds the name Northern Sonoma and that is in between the Dry Creek Valley and Sonoma Coast AVAs along Skaggs Springs Rd through Annapolis.

Pine Mountain - Cloverdale Peak above the North end of the Alexander Valley

Petaluma Gap - The newest AVA, the Gap stretches from Rohnert Park in the North, thecWest faving slopes of Sonoma Mountain in the East, to the town of Bodega Bay in the West, South to Point Reyes and Southeast through Chileno Valley, Petaluma and follows the Petaluma River to San Pablo Bay. Map Link

Rockpile - Stuffed up into the hills at the Northwest end of the Dry Creek Valley overlooking Lake Sonoma

Russian River Valley - Central-most to the County this AVA stretches from Rohnert Park in the South to Healdsburg in the North. This AVA alone and its' 100+ wineries could be the focus of an entire week.
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Sonoma Coast - Runs the length of the County from San Pablo Bay to past Fort Bragg in the North containing the Petaluma Gap, Occidental, Freestone, Bodega, Jenner, Sea Ranch, Cazadero and more.

Sonoma Mountain - Approximately 10 miles of ridgeline beginning at the southern tip of Bennet Valley and stretching South.

Sonoma Valley - Along Hwy 12 from Pythian Rd (Oakmont Retirement Community) to Carneros in Sonoma. Encompassing Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Agua Caliente, Boyes Hot Springs, El Verano and Sonoma proper.

Where should you stay?

It would make sense to set up camp close to where you are planning to visit, taste, eat for convenience sake as well as for punctuality because traffic can be unpredictable.

Tasting in Carneros, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain, Moon Mountain AVAs? You probably should be staying in either Sonoma, Glen Ellen or Kenwood.

Bennet Valley, Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Sonoma Coast locations are begging you to stay in or around the Santa Rosa area. This includes Sebastopol, Forestville, Occidental, Guerneville to the West in order to make your plans flow easily.

Chalk Hill, Dry Creek, Rockpile, Alexander Valley, Knights Valley, Pine Mountain wineries say Healdsburg/Geyserville/Windsor are your best lodging choice. Knights Valley is a tough one as it is closer to Calistoga than anywhere else but then again there aren't a lot of wineries there, just vineyards.

It may make sense to spilt your stay between different locations to accommodate your plans. Or, if you like driving, choose one central location and travel out from there. Just keep in mind that if you are staying in Sonoma and you want to have dinner in Healdsburg you have a drive of over an hour, much of it on winding 2 lane roads, to get back to your room.

Are you traveling with Children? Or is it an Adult Only affair?

Some accommodations/wineries/restaurants are not as kid friendly as others. This may factor in you plans in a big way. Knowing this information up front ensures you get better advice. Also, knowing you have children along for the ride means you may need some non-wine related activities as well. Lots of this around here from Canoe Trips on the Russian River, to the Charles Shulz Museum/Snoopy's Redwood Ice Arena, to Safari West Wild Game Preserve, to Sonoma Canopy Tours Zip-Lining, Coppola has lounge chairs around a pool where you can swim and enjoy the sun etc... Be specific!

What's your budget?

Not everyone can afford Madrona Manor, The Farmhouse Inn, Dry Creek Kitchen, $1,000/btl wine lists, $75+/btl wineries. Some might want to cut back on the hotel to be able to afford more/better wines. Others may just be looking for the overall experience. Knowing your price range plays a big role.

What's the weather like?

The weather is generally mild most of the year, compared to other parts of the country, but temperatures can vary drastically from one AVA to the next. More so in the Summer/Fall months. Winters are rainy but otherwise sunny. Spring brings warmer days but cool evenings. As soon as the sun dips the temps drop 20 degrees. Don't get caught with your pants down. Summers are normally warm and sunny with morning fog that burns off between 9-11am depending on location. If you wake up early and see blue skies and no sign of fog or any overcast be prepared for a hot day. Afternoon temps range from high 70's to high 90's with occasional 100+ spurts. The afternoons bring breezes caused by the coastal fog influence. They blow between 4pm and 6pm. Once the temps stabilize the wind goes away and the evenings are mild and pleasant. Fall is one of the best times of year as the days are warm and the evenings stay beautiful. Best times for night time outdoor activities is Aug-Oct.

The rainy season is Halloween through May. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day rain is rare. The hillsides dry up and everything other than trees and irrigated farms and landscaping turns brown. Fire danger is very real. Keep cigarette butts in ash trays not out windows. Roadside fires in Summer months are very common.

Be prepared for hot to cool weather. If you are leaving your hotel in shorts bring a pair of long pants and a sweater just in case. Vice-versa if you are leaving in sweaters and long pants bring shorts, t-shirt and flip flops. You can leave 90 degree weather in Healdsburg and find high 60's and blowing fog in the Petaluma Gap. 80 in Sonoma, 90 in Kenwood, 75 in Santa Rosa 85 in Forestville and 65 in Jenner/Bodega Bay all in the same 1-1/2hour drive. Best to be prepared, especially if you are driving a convertable.

Winery Listings by AVA (under construction)
This started out as "Recommended Wineries" but what do I know, everyone has different tastes, not everyone is as geeky about this as the next. It's not up to me to decide who should or should not be listed here so I am listing every winery I am aware of. You can choose yours based on your preferences.

Please note that many producers use Custom Crush Facilities such as Punch Down Cellars, Vinify etc... So where they are based may differ from where their fruit comes from or where their tasting will take place. Shore those details up with the winery beforehand.

Disclaimer: I crossed the County Line with my Carneros listings but Carneros is Carneros. Part of it is in Sonoma and another part in Napa.

Note: If you have a Visa Signature card you can get free tastings at these wineries:
http://www.sonomawine.com/visa-signatur ... nery-guide
VISA Signature also sponsors the "Taste of Sonoma" aka "Wine Country Weekend" held in September every year. The biggest annual food and wine event in Sonoma County. The grand tasting at MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg is a massive event.

Winery Map That Actually Works! (Under Construction)
Here is a great place to map out your tasting day
Sonoma Winery/Tasting Room Map

Click on the "Spoiler" under each heading to expand.

Variety Abbreviations
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As used in the winery listings:
AG - Aglianico
AB - Albarińo
AL - Alicante Bouschet
AR - Arnies
BA - Barbera
BF - Blaufränkisch
BR - Brunello
BX - Bordeaux Bland
CB - Charbono
CE - Couniose
CH - Chenin Blanc
CF - Cabernet Francs
CG - Carignane
CL - Claret
CN - Cinsault
CS - Cabernet Sauvignon
CY - Chardonnay
DO - Dolcetto
DW - Dessert Wine
FB - Fumé Blanc
GB - Grenache Blanc
GN - Grenache
GV - Grüner Vetliner
GW - Gewürtztraminer
IW - Ice Wine
LG - Lagrein
LH - Late Harvest
LR - Lenoir
MA - Malvasia Bianca
MB - Malbec
MG - Meritage
MO - Moscato
MQ - Musqué
MU - Muscat
MS - Marsanne
MT - Merlot
MV - Mourvédre
NB - Nebbiolo
ND - Nero d'Avola
OV - Old Vine Field Blend Red/White
PB - Pinot Blanc
PG - Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
PN - Pinot Noir
PN - Pinot Meunier
PO - Primitivo
PT - Port
PV - Petit Verdot
RB - Ribolla Gialla
RG - Riesling
RH - Rhone Blend
RO- Rousanne
RS - Rosé
SB - Sauvignon Blanc
SC - Scheurebe
SE - Semillon
SG - Sangiovese
SM - Sauvignon Musqué
SN - Siena
SO - Schioppettino
SR - Southern Rhone
SV - Sylvaner
SW - Sparkling Wine
SY - Syrah
SZ - Shiraz
TA - Tannant
TF - Tocai Friulano
TG - Trousseau Gris
TJ - Tokaji Aszú
TM - Tempranillo
TN - Touriga Nacional
TR - Trousseau
VD - Verdelho
VG - Viognier
VN - Vernaccia
VR - Vermentino
WR - White Rhone Blend
ZN - Zinfandel
Image - Berserker Recommended

Berserker Businesses are Highlighted Red

Alexander Valley
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- Alexander Valley Vineyards - Daily 10-5 CY, GW, RS, BX, MT, PN, RH, SY, ZN
- Arbois/Praxis Cellars - taste @ Locals tasting room in Geyserville GW, VG, PN, CS, MT
- Clo du Bois - Daily 10-4:30 CY, FB, PG, CS, PN, MA, MT, PS, RS, SZ, TM, ZN, OV
- deLorimer Winery - Daily 10:30-5 CY, GW, SB, VG, CF, CS, MB, MG, MT, PO, RS, SG, ZN
- Draxton Winery - CY, SB, BX, CS, MB, PN
- Field Stone Winery - Daily 10-5 Tours by appt CY, SB, VG, CS, MT, PN, PS, SY, PT
- Francis Ford Coppola Winery Daily 11-6 CY, PG, SB, SW, CS, MG, MT, PN, SY, ZN
- Garden Creek Ranch - Wed-Sat 10-1 CY, BX
- Hanna Winery - Daily 10-4 CY, SB, CS, ZN
- Hart's Desire Wines - Thu-Mon 11-4:30 CY, SB, VG, RS, CL, CS, MY, PN, SY, ZN, LH, DW
- Hawkes Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, CS, MT, LH/SE
- Hoot Owl Creek Winery CS
- Icaria Creek Winery - Tasting and Barrel Tasting by appt CY, CS
- J. Rickards Winery - MU, SB, SE, CS, GN, MB, OV/ZN, PS, DW, SW
- Jordan Winery - By Appt CY, CS
- Joseph Family Vineyards - By appt CS
- Kelley & Young Wines - Thu-Mon 11-5 @ Hudson Street Wines in Hldsbrg SB, RS, MB, ZN, LH/SB
- Medlock Ames- Daily 10-5 CY, SB, RS, CS, MG
- Pech Merle Winery - Fri-Sat 11-4 or by appt CY, SB, RS, CF, CS, MT, PN, ZN
- Pendleton Estate Vyds. & Winery - Appt only MG, MV, PS, ZN
- Quaking Hills Winery, Inc. - Appt only VG, CF, CS, MB, MG, MT, PV, DW
- Robert Young Estate Winery- Rodney Strong Vineyards
- Sapphire Hill Vineyards & Winery - 11-4:30 CY, GW, SW, CS, MT, PN, PS, ZN, DW
- Seghesio Family Vineyards - Daily 10-5 ZN, PG, SG, BA, AR
- Silver Oak Cellars - Mon-Sat 10-5 Sun 11-5 CS
- Simi Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, PG, SB, CS, MT, PN, PS, PV, ZN, LH/RG
- Skipstone Ranch Winery
- Tasting in Napa only VG, BX, CS
- Soda Rock Winery - Daily 11-5 CY, GW, SB, RS, CF, CS, MB, MG, MT, PO, PV, ZN
- Souverain - Appt only CY, SB, CS, MG
- Starlite Vineyards - Thu-Sun 11-5 or by appt VG, CS, ZN
- Stonestreet Wines - Daily 10:30-5:30 Downtown Healdsburg CY, SE/SB, SB, RG, CF, CS, MG, MT
- Stryker Sonoma - CY, SB, SE, BX, CS, PV, SG, ZN
- Stuhlmuller Vineyard Winery - Fri-Mon 11-4:30 CY, CS, ZN
- Trentadue Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, SW, SG, Ps, ZN, MT, BX, PT
- Trione Vineyards and Winery - May-Oct Thu-Mon; Nov-Apr Thu-Sun 10am to 5pm CY, CS, PN, SB, SY, BX, PO
- Vérité Estate Winery - Appt only Daily 11-4 BX, CS, MT
- White Oak Vineyards and Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, SB, BX, CS, MT, PN, SY, ZN
- William Gordon Winery - Appt only CS, PS, PV, ZN
Bennett Valley
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- At the present time there are just three active bonded wineries in the appellation. Matanzas Creek Winery, set at the heart of the Valley, is the only one with a tasting room open daily. The other small, quality focused Bennett Valley wineries; Flanagan Family Vineyards and Sable Ridge Winery are open to visitors by appointment only. More recently, several Bennett Valley growers have been impressed enough with the valley’s unique terroir and distinctive fruit to begin producing wine under their own labels.

For the most part, these recently established brands produce small lots of ultra premium wine in artisan production facilities located outside of the Valley. They are likewise open to visitors by appointment only.

- Alta Ridge Vineyards - Appt only SB, VG, MT, PN, SY, PS
- Annadel Estate Winery- Appt only CY, RS, BX, ZN
- Argot Wines - Appt only CY, RS, CS, RH, PN
- Image Barbed Oak Vineyards - By Appointment Only CY, PN
- Bennett Valley Cellars - Appt only CY, PN
- Bevan Cellars - By appt CY, SB, PN, CF/CS, CS/MG
- Flanagan Family Vineyards - Appt only CY, PN, CS, SY
- Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery - By appt CY, MT, PN, BX
- Mackie Family Wines - Appt only ZN
- Matanzas Creek Winery - Daily 10-4:30 CY, SB, MT, PN, SY, MG
- Nelson Estates Wines - Appt only CY, CF, MT, PN, PT
- Sable Ridge Vineyards - SY, PS, ZN, PT
- Silver Pines Vineyards - Appt only SB, SY, LH/SB
- Westerhold Family Vineyards - By Appointment Only PN, SY. Syrah vines replaced with chardonnay in 2016
Carneros-Sonoma
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- Acacia Vineyards Appt only Mon-Sat 10-4 Sun 12-4 CY, VG, PN, SW
- Adastra - Appt only CY, MG, MT, PN, SY
- Artesa Winery - Daily 10-4:30 CY, SB, SW, MT, PN, CS
- Anaba Wines - Daily 10-5:30 CY, VG, RH, PN, DW
- Bonneau Wines - CY, RS, CS, MT, PS, SY, ZN
- Bouchaine Vineyards - Daily 10-4:30 CY, PG, PN, SY
- Canihan Family Winery - By Appointment Only CF, SY, PN http://canihanwines.com/contact
- Ceja Vineyards - Appt only CY, CS, MG, MT, PN, SY
- Cline Cellars - Daily 10-6 MS, PG, RO, RS, VG, CG, MG, MV, PN, RH, SY ZN
- Curvare Winery - Appt only PN
- Cuvaison Estate Wines Daily 10-5 CY, MT, PN, SY
- Domaine Carneros - Daily 10-6 SW, PN, MT
- Image Enkidu Wines - Daily 12-6 CY, RS, SB, CS, PN, PS, RH, SY, ZN
- Etude Winery - Daily 10-4:30 PG, CS, PN
- Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards - Daily 10-5 SW
- Homewood Winery - Daily 10-4 CY, CS, PN, ZN
- Kamen Estate Wines - Appt only or Tasting Room on Sonoma Plaza - CS, SY
- Larson Family Winery - Daily 10-4 CY, GW, PG, PN
- MacRostie Winery and Vineyards - Appt only CY, MT, PN, SY
- Madonna Estate - Daily 10-5 CY, GW, MU, RG, CS, DO, MT, PN
- Mahoney Vineyards - Appt only AL, CY, RS, VR, NB, PN, PS, SG, SY, TM
- McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery - Appt only PG, CF, CS, PN
- Meadowcroft Wines - Daily 10-6 CY, SB, VD, VG, CS, MG, MT, PN, ZN
- Parmelee-Hill Wines - SY, SY/ZN, PT
- Peter Cellars - Appt only CY, RS, CS, PN, SY
- Robert Stemmler Winery - Tasting at Sonoma Enoteca CY, PN
- Robledo Family Winery Appt only CY, CS, MT, PN
- Schug Carneros Estate Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, CS, MT, PN
- Talisman Wines - Appt only PN
- Tin Barn Vineyards - Appt only SB, CS, ZN
- Truchard Vineyards - Appt only CY, RO, CF, CS, MT, PN, SY, TM, ZN
- Ty Caton Vineyards - Daily 11-6 in Kenwood RG, CS, MB, MG, MT, SY, PS, PV, RS, DW
- Viansa Winery - Daily 10-5 AR, CY, PG, SB, TF, VC, BA, CF, CS, DO, MT, NB, PN, PO, SG, SY, ZN
Chalk Hill
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- Image Calluna Vineyards - 11-5 Fri-Sun Mon-Thu by appt @ - Vinoteca Tasting Collective in Santa Rosa CS, MT, BX
- Chalk Hill Estate - Daily 10-4 Tours and Tastings CY, SB, PG, VG, SE, SM, CS, MT, PN, ZN, SY, MB, DW
- Chateau Felice - By appt SB, BX, Mg, LH/SN, LH/ZN
- Jordan Vineyards - Daily Tours and tastings by appt CY, CS
Image Vérité Wines - Appt only - High end Bordeaux Blends CF, CS, MT
Dry Creek Valley
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Canyon Rd
- Frick - 12-4:30 Sat-Sun (Canyon Rd to Walling Rd) MT, SY, RS, CG, RS, GN, GB, CN, CE, MV, VG, SR
- Pedroncelli Winery - Daily 10-4:30 CY, CS, MT, PS, PN, SY, ZN, RS, BX, SB, SG, PT

Dry Creek Rd
- Amista - Daily 11-4:30 CY, CS, SY, ZN, RS, DW, SW, PT
- Amphora - Daily 11-4:30 CY, CF, CS, MT, PS, PN, SY, ZN, MB, BA, SN, PT
- Cast Wines - Appt only CY, PS, PN, ZN, SB
- Chateau Diana - Daily 11-5 CY, CS, ZN
- Collier Falls - Daily 10:30-4:30 CS, ZN, PN, PR
- David Coffaro - Daily 11-4 CS, PS, PN, ZN, RS, BX, SB, DW, BA, CG, RH
- Dutcher Crossing - Daily 11-5 CY, CS, MT, PS, SY, ZN, SB, PT
- Dry Creek Vineyard - Daily 10:30-4:30 (Dry Creek to Lambert Bridge Rd) CY, CB, CS, MT, PS, PN, ZN, SB, FB, LH, MB, MG, MR, MQ, RS
- F. Teldeschi - Daily 12-5 CY, CF, CS, MT, PS, PN, SY, ZN, BX, RH, PT, RS
- Ferrari Carano - Daily 10-5 CY, CF, CS, MT, PN, SY, ZN, BX, SB, DW, SI, MB, PG, SG
- Forchini Vineyards and Winery - Fri-Sun 11-4:30 Mon-Thu by apt CS, PN, ZN, BX
- Kachina Vineyards - Appt only CY, CS, PT, CB
- Kokomo Winery - Daily 11-4:30 CY, CS, PS, PN, ZN, SB, MB, LH
- Image Mauritson Family Winery - Daily 10-5 Dry Creek @ Lytton Springs CY, CF, CS, PS, SY, ZN, BX, SB, MB, PT
- Image Nalle Winery - Sat 12-4:30 otherwise by apt CY, PN, ZN, BX
- Papapietro Perry - Daily @ Family Winemakers - CY, PN, ZN
- Passalacqua Winery - Daily 11-5 (Dry Creek to Lambert Bridge Rd) CY, CS, ZN, SB, SG, PO
- Peterson Winery - Daily 11-4:30 CS, PS, SY, ZN, SB
- Preston of Dry Creek - Daily 11-4:30 PS, SY, ZN, RS, SB, CG, RH, RO, GB, CI, MS, MV, VG
- Rued Winery - Daily 11-4:30 CY, CS, PN, ZN, SB
- Sbragia Family Vineyards - Daily 10:30-5 CY, CS, MT, ZN, SB
- Image Talty Winery - Fri-Sun 12-4 otherwise by appt ZN
- Trattore Estate Wines - Daily 11-4:30 PS, SY, ZN, RO, GN, Ms, MV, VG
- Truett Hurst Winery - Daily 11-05 CY, PS, PN, ZN, RS
- UNTI Vineyards - By apt 10-4 PS, SY, ZN, RS, BA, RH, GN, GB, MV, PO

Healdsburg
- Hawley - Daily 11-6 CY, CS, MT, PS, PN, ZN, SB, LH, VG
- Manzanita Creek - Wed-Sat 10-4 Sun-Tue by apt PS, PN, SY, ZN
- Optima Winery - Appt only CS, PS, ZN, PT
- Roadhouse Winery - Daily 12-6 PN, ZN, SB, DW
- Seghesio Family Vineyards - Daily 10-5 ZN, PG, SG, BA, AR
- Selby Winery - Daily 11-5:30 CY, CS, MT, PS, PN, SY, ZN, SB, MB, SG, GN, PV, LH, PT
- Stephen & Walker Winery - Daily 11-7 CS, PS, PN, ZN, SB, DW, PT
- West Wines - Mon, Thu, Fri 12-4 Sat-Sun 11-4 CY, CS, BX, SB, VG
- Wilson Winery - Daily 11-5 CF, PS, SY, ZN, BX

Lytton Springs Rd
- Mazzocco Winery - Daily 11-5 CY, CS, MT, PS, ZN, SB
- Moniclaire Vineyards - Appt only ZN, PS
- Image Ridge Lytton Springs - Mon-Fri-11-4 Sat-Sun 11-5 CY, CS, PS, SY, ZN, BX, CG, RH, GN, PO

Middle of Nowhere
Stewarts Point-Skaggs Springs Rd
- Gustafson Family Vineyard - Sat 10-4 Fri, Sun, Mon by apt RG, CS, PS, SY, ZN, SB, RS

West Dry Creek Rd
- A. Raffanelli - Appt only CS, MT, PS, ZN
- Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves - Daily 11-4:30 SY, ZN, RS, GN, LH
- Everett Ridge - Daily 10-5 CY, CS, PN, SY, ZN, SB, SG, PT
- Göpfrich Winery - aPPT ONLY CS, MT, SY, ZN
- Kinsella Estates - French Rd - Call for appt - CS, ZN
- Lambert Bridge - CY, CF, CS, MT, PS, ZN, SB, PV
- Martorana Family Winery - Daily 11-5 CY, CS, MT, PS, ZN
- Michel Schlumberger - By apt (West Dry Creek to Wine Creek) CY, CS, MT, SY
- Mounts Family Vineyard - Sat 11-5 Sun 12-4:30 Mon, Thu, Fri by Appt (West Dry Creek to Wine Creek) CF, CS, PS, SY, ZN, RS, MB, GN, VG
- Quivira Winery - Daily 11-5 PS, SY, ZN, RS, SB, RH, GN, MV
- Raymond Burr Vineyards - Daily 11-5 CY, CF, CS
- Simoncini Vineyards - Appt only ZN, RS
- Vineyard of Pasterick - Appt only SY, RS, VG
- Zichichi Family Vineyard - Daily 11-4:30 CS, PS, ZN

Westside Rd
- Armida - Daily 11-5 CY, CS, MT, PN, ZN, SB, PG
- DaVero Farms and Winery - Daily 11-5 Winter Thu-Mon House made Olive Oils! CY, RG, CS, PN, ZN, RS, SB, MB, SN, BA, SG
- De La Montanya - Weekends 11-4:30 (Westside Rd to Foreman Ln) M-F by appt CY, CS, MT, PN, ZN, SB, VG
- MacPhail Family Wines - Appt Only (Westside to Kinley to Magnolia) CY, PN, RS
- Mill Creek Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, CS, MY, SY, ZN, SB, GW, MG, PT
- Uptick Vineyards - Daily 11-5 CY, CS, PN, SY, ZN, RS, SB, SW
Fort Ross - Seaview
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- Enfield Wine Company - Terroir driven Amador, Napa and Sonoma County wines. Appt only in Santa Rosa CY, CS, SY, TM
- Image Flowers Vineyard & Winery- Appt only CY, PN
- Fort Ross Vineyards - Summer 10-6 Winter 10-5 CY, RS, PN
- Image Hirsch Winery - Appt only CY, PN
- Image Peay Vineyards - By appt to mailing list customers only CY, RO/MR, VG, PN, SY
- Wild Hog Winery - Appt only CG, DO, PN, SG, SY, ZN
Green Valley of Russian River Valley
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Graton
- Dutton Goldfield - daily 10-4:30 Graton Rd @ Hwy 116 CY, PN, SY
- Image Red Car Wines - daily 10-5 next door to Dutton Goldfield CY, PN, SY

Sebastopol
- Castelli Vineyards - By appt only - Estate grown PN, NB
- Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery - Daily 11-4 @ "The Barlow" CY, AB, PN
Knights Valley
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- Ankota Wines - Allocated to mailing list CS
- Hans Fahden Vineyards - By appt CS
- Peter Michael Winery - Tasting for list members only CY, SE, BX, PN
Moon Mountain
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- Image Amapola Creek Winery - Appt only Mon-Fri CY, RS, CS, RH, PS, SY, ZN
- Bartholomew Park Winery - Daily 11-4:30 CY, SB, CS, SY, ZN
- Blackstone Winery - CY, PG, SB, CS, MB, MT, PN, SY, ZN
- Buena Vista Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, PG, SB, CG, FC, MG, MT, PN, TJ, ZN, SW, PT
- Favero Vineyards - At Sonoma Enoteca CS, SG, SG/CS, DW
- Grebennikoff Vineyards - MT, SY, MT/SY
- Hanzell Vineyards - By appt CY, PN
- Moon Mountain Vineyards - See Repris
- Petroni Vineyards - Daily 2-5 Broadway in Sonoma VY, RS, BR, CS, MG, PN, SY
- Image Ravenswood Winery - Daily 10-4:30 CY, CS, MT, OV, Ps, ZN
- Repris Wines - By appt only (707) 931-7701 or lisa@repriswines.com CY, CF, CS, GN, SY, MT, MV, BX, ZN
- Schulz Cellars - By appt AB, MG, ZN
- Sky Vineyards - By appt SY, ZN, LH/ZN
Northern Sonoma
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- E J Gallo Winery - CY
Pine Mountain - Cloverdale Peak
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- Pine Mountain Vineyards - By appt CS
- Bob Dog Wine - By appt CF, CS, MT, PV, ZN, PT
- Captûre Wines - By appt only CY, SB, RS, BX, CS
- Ispiri Wines - By appt BX, CS, PV
- Miro Cellars - by appt CS, PS, RH, ZN
- Respite Wines - By appt CS
Rockpile
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There are no wineries within the Rockpile AVA but the following labels use its' fruit.
- Beekeeper Cellars
530 Molino St. Loft 218, Los Angeles, CA 90013
707-939-5611
- Bella Vineyards
9711 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA
707-473-9171
- Branham Wines
1929 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA
707-738-0577
- Bruliam Wines
P.O. Box 92, Healdsburg, CA
707-738-0577
- Carol Shelton
3354-B Coffey Lane Santa Rosa, CA
707-575-3441
- Davenport Wines
P.O. BOX 863, Geyserville, CA 95441
707-849-3743
- JC Cellars
55 4th Street, Oakland, CA 94607
510-465-5900
- Image Mauritson Family Winery - Daily 10-5 Dry Creek @ Lytton Springs CY, CF, CS, PS, SY, ZN, BX, SB, MB, PT
- Paradise Ridge Winery DESTROYED BY FIRE
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-528-9463
- Robert Biale Vineyards
4038 Big Ranch Road, Napa, CA 94558
707-257-7555
- Rock Wall Wines
2301 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501
510-522-5700
- Seghesio Family Vineyards
700 Grove Street, Healdsburg, CA
707-433-3579
- St. Francis
100 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
1-888-675-WINE
- Stryker Sonoma Winery
5110 California 128, Geyserville, CA 95441
800-433-1944
- Valdez Family Winery
595 Santana Drive Suite A, Cloverdale, CA
707-894-3710
Russian River Valley
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Forestville
- Image Agharta Wines - Appt only CS, WR, BX, SY
- Atascadero Creek Winery - Tasting room in downtown F'ville open Thu-Mon 12-5 PG, SB, CG, PO, SG, SY, PN, ZN, PT
- Hartford Family Wines / Hartford Court - Daily 10-4:30 Personal Tasting Experience by appt CY, PN, ZN
- Iron Horse Vineyards - Daily 10-4:30 at the very end of Ross Station Rd CY, PN, SW
- Image Joseph Swan Vineyards - Open Sat-Sun 11-4:30 and on selected Holidays. CY, GW, PG, RS, PN, ZN, CG, SY, TA
- Russian River Vineyards - Tasting room open daily JSO Forestville on 116. CY, SB, PN, ZN, CS, MT, RS, LH
- Image RYME/VERSE Cellars - Appt only AG, RB, VR, CF / CY, PN
- Image Wilde Farm Wines - Appt only CY, RS, PN, SY, ZN
- Wine Guerrilla - Tasting Room in downtown F'ville open 11-5 daily - SVD and Appellatiion Old Vine Zinfandel

Fulton
- Image Fogline Vineyards - M-Th by appt. F-Su 11am-4pm CY, PN, SY, ZN River Rd across from Old World Winery JWO PG&E Substation.
- Old World Winery - 11-4 Thu-Mon by appt otherwise CY, SB, PG, MT, OV, PN, ZN
- Robert Rue Vineyard & Winery - Fri-Sun 11-5 otherwise by appt SB, RS, ZN, LH

Graton
- Paul Matthew Vineyards - Tasting Room open Thu-Sun 10:30-4:30 9060 Graton Rd CH, CF, PN, RS
- Dutton Estate Winery - Tasting Room open daily Hwy 116 @ Green Valley Rd CY, SB, PN, SY
- Graton Ridge Cellars - Tasting room open daily Spring and Summer, weekends in Fall and Winter Hwy 116 @ Vine Hill Rd
CY, PN, ZN, PT, DW

Guerneville
- Korbel Champagne Cellars - Daily 10-4:30 Tours all day SW
- Porter-Bass Winery - Daily by appointment only - Biodynamic wines - CY, PN, ZN

Healdsburg
Eastside Rd
- Image Copain Wines - Tasting by Appt only. Eastside Rd CY, RS, PN, SY

Healdsburg
Westside Rd
- Arista Wine - Tasting room open 11-5 daily CY, GW, PN, ZN
- Image Gary Farrell Winery - Open daily 10:30-4:30 CY, SB, PN, SY, ZN
- George Wine Company- appt only georgewine@sbcglobal.net PN
- Gracianna Winery - Tasting room open Apr-Oct 10-5 Westside Rd across from Arista CY, SB, PN, ZN
- Hop Kiln Winery - Open Daily 10-5 Westside Rd CY, PG, RS, PN, SW
- John Tyler Wines - Daily 11-5 PN, ZN
- Matrix Winery - Daily 11-5 CY, SB, PN, MT, PO, PS, RS, ZN,
- Moshin Vineyards - Open daily 11-4 CY, SB, CS, GN, MT, BX, PN, ZN, DW, RS, LH
- Image Porter Creek Winery - Tasting room open daily 10:30-4:30 Westsid Rd CY, VG, CG, PN, SY, ZN
- Image Rochioli Estate - Open daily 11-4 Thu-Mon Tue-Wed by appt Westside Rd next to Hop Kiln CY, SB, PN
- Terlato Family Vineyards - Daily 10-5 Westside to Kinley to 2306 Magnolia Dr CY, PG, PN
- Thomas George Estate - open daily 11-5 CY, SB, VG, PB, PN, SY, ZN
- Twomey Cellars - Daily 10-5 SB, MT, PN
- VML Winery - Open daily 11-5 CY, GW, SB, RS, PN, OV, ZN, SW
- Image Williams-Selyem - Appt only CY, CB, PN, ZN, RS, SW

Healdsburg
Old Redwood Hwy
- Acorn Winery - Appt only CF, DO, RS, SG, SY, ZN
- Davis Bynum Winery - @ Rodney Strong CY, PN
- Foppiano Vineyards - Daily 11-5 CY, SB, PN, PS, RS
- J Vineyards - Daily 11-5 CY, PG, PN, SW
- Rodney Strong Vineyards - Daily 10-5 CY, CS, MG, PN

Healdsburg
Limerick lane
- Christopher Creek - Daily 11-5 CH, CS, MG, MT, PS
- Image Limerick Lane Winery - Daily 10-5 PN, RH, ZN
- Meitz Cellars - Appt only info@meitzcellars.com CY, CL, PN, PV, SY, ZN
- Merriam Vineyards - Daily 11-5 (Winter Thu-Sun) Limerick Lane to Los Amigos Rd South CY, CF, CS, BX, SB, RS, MT, PN, PV
- Viszlay Vineyards & Winery - by appt 11-3:30 johnviszlay@gmail.com CH, MG, PN, PS, SW

Healdsburg
Downtown
- Image Arnot-Roberts - appt only CY, CS, OV, PN, RB, RS, TR, SY, ZN
- Cartograph Wines - Daily 12-6:30 GW, PN
- C. Donatiello Winery - Daily 10:30-6:30 CY, PN
- Davis Family Vineyards - 11-5 Thur-Sun CY, RG, RH, CS, PN, SY, ZN
- Image Holdredge Wines - Fri-Sat-Sun 11-5 PN, SO
- La Crema Winery - Daily 10:30-5:30 CY, PG, VG, PN,
- Longboard Vineyards - Daily 11-6:30 CY, SB, CS, MG, MT, SY, PN, ZN
- Roadhouse Winery - Summer hrs Sun-Thu 12-6 Fri-Sat 11-7 PN, CS, DW
- Valdez Family Wines- 11-5 Thu-Sun CS, PN, SY, ZN

Santa Rosa
- Balletto Family Wines - Open daily 11-5 Occidental Rd CY, GW, PG, PN, RS, SY, ZN
- Image Barbed Oak - appt only CY, PN
- Battaglini Wines - Appt only CY, RS, PS, ZN
- Carol Shelton Wines - Daily 11-4 ZN RRV, with honorable mention to Rockpile and Dry Creek
- D'Argenzio Winery - AG, CY, MO, RS, SB, TF, CS, PN, PS, SA, SG, SY, ZN
- DeLoach Winery - Open daily 10-5 CY, PN, ZN
- Image Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery - Appt only SE, MV, PS
- Hanna Winery - Open daily 10-4 CS, PN, MG, MT
- Harvest Moon Estate & Winery - Daily 10-5 CY, CS, GW, MG, PN, ZN SW
- Hook & Ladder- Call for appt or visit tasting room in Downtown Sebastopol CY, GW, LH, CS, MG, MT, PN, ZN
- Inman Family Wine - open 11-4 Thur-Mon CY, PG, PN, SW
- Lost Canyon Winery - Thu-Sun 11-4 CY, PN, SY
- Martin Ray Winery - Daily 11-5 CY, RS, CS, MT, PN
- The Natural Process Alliance "NPA" - Mon-Thu by appt, Fri-Sun 11-4:30 SB, PG, RH
- Image Novy Family Wines - Daily 10-3 CY, GW, PB, SB, VG, PM, PN, SY, ZN
- Paradise Ridge Wine (Santa Rosa Estate) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 5:00 CY, SB, SW, CF, CS, MT, RH, PN, SY
- Pellegrini Wine Co - Appt only CY, SB, RS, MT, PN, ZN
- Petrichor Vineyards - appt only SY/GN
- Salinia Wine Company - By appt CY, PN, SY Same facility as The NPA, can do two tastings at once.
- Image Siduri Winery- open daily tastings on the hour 10-3 by appt PN
- Sunce Winery - Open daily 10:30-5 CY, MA, SB, VG, AB, BA, CF, CG, DO, MB, MG, MT, MV, NB, SG, SY, RS, PN, PS, SY, ZN, DW, LH
- Tara Bella Winery - Appt only CS
- Walter Hansel - Wine Bar/Bistro on Guerneville Rd in old Zazu location CH, SB, PN

Sebastopol
- Image Dehlinger Winery - Private Tours and tastings between Apr-Aug 2 week min adv notice CY, CS, PN
- D & L Carinalli Vineyards - By appt only CY, PN, RS, PG
- EnRoute Winery - appt only contact@enroutewinery.com or taste at Far Niente in Oakville CY, PN
- Fog Crest Vineyard - Daily 11-7 Jun-Nov 11-5 Thu-Mon Dec-May CY, RS, PN
- Hook & Ladder - Tasting room on Main St Downtown open daily CY, GW, MT, PN, CS, ZN, BX
- Kistler Vineyards - By appt only at Trenton Roadhouse bbarnett@kistlervineyards.com CY, PN
- Kosta Browne - At "The Barlow" Food and Wine Center, Appt only CY, PN
- La Follette Wines - At "The Barlow" CY, PN
- Lynmar Estate - 40-90 Minute Tastings by appt only. Frei Rd JEO Hwy 116 CY, PN, SY, RS
- Merry Edwards - Tasting room open daily Hwy 116 JSO Graton Rd CY, PN, SB
- Occidental Road Winery - Tasting room on Hwy 116 next to Taco Bell CY, SB, RS, PN, ZN, SY, DW
- Paul Hobbs Winery - Appt only info@paulhobbs.com CY, PN, SY, CS
- Image Pax Wine Cellars - Appt only CY, GN, SY
- River Road Vineyards & Winery - wine@riverroadvineyards.com CY, CS, PN, PG, PM, RS, ZN, SW
- Image Scherrer - Appt only CY, CS, PN, ZN, SY, RS
- Image Wind Gap Wines - At "The Barlow" a Tasting room not open yet, Appt only CY, BF, GN, PN, SY, MV, NB, PG, RH, RS, TG, WR

Windsor
- Balverne Wines/Windsor Oaks Vineyards - Bt appt only CY, SB, PN, RS/SG
- Image Carlisle Winery & Vineyards - GV, OV, MV, RH, PS, SY, ZN
- Gamba Vineyards & Winery - Sunday 11-5 by appt gambazin@msn.com ZN
- Lauterbach Cellars - by appt only PN, SY, PT, RS
- Martinelli Winery - Tasting room open daily on River Rd btw Woolsey and Olivet Rds CY, MU, PN, SY, ZN
- Mutt Lynch - Thu-Mon 11-6 Windsor Town Green CY, CH, SB, MT, PO, PS, RS, ZN
- Russian Hill Estate Winery - Daily 10-4 PN, SY, VG, RS
- Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards - Thu-Mon 10-4 CY, PN
Sonoma Coast
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Fulton
- Image Fogline Vineyards - Tasting room (875 River Road in Fulton, CA.) open Fri-Sun 11-5 Mon-Thu by appt. CY, PN, SY, ZN

Petaluma Wind Gap
- Armagh Vineyard - Appt only SY
- Azari Vineyards - Appt only PN, SZ
- Enriquez Estate Wines - Appt only SB/MU/CY, RS, PN, TM
- Karah Estate - Mon-Fri 8-2:30 Sat-Sun 12-5 CY, PN, RS, PT
- Keller Estate - Fri-Sun 11-4 or by appt Mon-Thu CY, PG, PN, SY
- McEvoy Ranch - By appt MG, PN
- Saltonstall Estate - Sat 10-4 PN, SW

Petaluma Gap Brands with no Tasting Rooms
(available in local wine shops)
- Bailiwick Wines CF, PN, RS
- Brooks Note Winery- PN, RS
- Clary Ranch Wines PN, SY
- Couloir Wines SB, PN, SY, TM
- Ernest Vineyards CY, PN
- Flocchini Wines CY, PN, SY, RS
- Guarachi Family Wines CY, CS, PN
- Kendric Vineyards VG, PN, SY
- Kosta Browne Winery CY, PN
- Morris Ranch Winery & Vineyard PN
- Pfendler Vineyards CY, PN
- Ridgeway/Two Pisces Vineyard PN
- Waxwing Wine Cellars RG, RS, PN, SY

West Sonoma Coast
- 32 Winds Wine - By apt CY, CS, PN
- Image Baker Lane - Tasting at Vinoteca Collective @ Vinify on Coffey Ln 11-5 Fri-Sun by appt Mon-Thur RS, PN, SY
- Banshee Wines - Daily 11-7 CY, SB, RS, CS, MG, PN
- Benovia Winery - Tours and tasting by appt 10-3:30 CY, GN, PN, ZN
- Image Ceritas - appt only CY, PN
- Charles Heintz Ranch Vineyards & Winery - By appt CY, RS, PN, SY, LH/CY
- Cobb Wines - By apt PN
- Image Donelan Family Wines - By apt CY, RO/MR, VG, PN, RH, SY
- Emeritus Vineyards - By apt PN
- Ernest Vineyards - By apt CY, PN
- Evening Land Vineyards - By apt PN
- Failla Wines - By apt CY, VG, PN, SY
- Image Flowers Vineyard & Winery- Appt only CY, PN
- Freeman Vineyard & Winery - By apt CY, PN
- Furthermore Pinot Noir - By apt PN
- Gros Ventre Cellars - By apt PN
- Halleck Vineyard - By apt GW, SB, PN
- Image Hirsch Winery - Appt only CY, PN
- LaRue Wines - By apt PN
- Lattanzio Wines - By apt CY, RS, PN
- Image Lioco - by appt CY, CG. RS, PN
- Image Littorai - Appt only CY, PN
- MacPhail Family Wines - By apt CY, PN
- Peay Vineyards - By appt to mailing list customers only CY, RO/MR, VG, PN, SY
- Ramey Wine Cellars
- Senses Wines - By apt CY, PN
- Small Vines - By apt CY, PN, RS
- Image Soliste - By apt CY, SB, PN, SY, RS
- Sonoma Coast Vineyards - Tastings at Windsor Vineyards Tasting Room CY, PN, SY
- Wayfarer Vineyard - Coming Fall 2014 CY, PN
- Image Zepaltas Wines- By apt CY, SB, CF, PN, SY CLOSED

Occidental/Freestone
- Image Boheme Wines - Tasting at the Cellar Door Friday 3-7 Sat/Sun 12-5 otherwise by appt CY, PN, SY
- Cleary Ranch Vineyards - appt only cindy@clearyranchvineyards.com PN, SY
- Radio Coteau - By appt CY, RG, PN, SY, ZN
Sonoma Mountain
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- Argot Wines - By appy PN
- Bevan Cellars - By appt CY, SB, PN, CF/CS, CS/MG
- Coturri Winery - By apt CY, AC, BA, BX, MT, PN, SG, SY, ZN
Sonoma Valley
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Glen Ellen
- Arrowood - Open daily 10-4:30 CY, VG, CS, MB, MT, SY, LH/RG
- Beltane Ranch - By Appointment Only SB, ZN
- Benziger Family Winery - Open Daily, 10:00 to 5:00 CY, SB, CS, MT, PN, SY. ZN, RS, PT
- BR Cohn - Open daily 10-5 CY, RS, SE, BA, CF, CS, MB, MG, MT, PN, PO, PS, SY, ZN
- Image Bucklin Winery - By appt (707) 933-1726 RS, CS, GN, OV, PS, SY, ZN
- Eric Ross Winery - Open Daily, 11:00 to 5:00 AB, VG, PN, RH, SY, TM, PT
- Imagery Estate Winery - Open Daily, 10:00 to 5:30 MU, PG, SB, VG, WB, BA, CF, CS, CN, GN, LG, MB, MT, MV, PS, PV, SG, TM, ZN
- Korbin Kameron - Open Th-Su, 12:00 to 6:00 RS, BX, CS, CF, MB, MT, PV
- Lasseter Family Winery - By Appointment Only RS, BX, MB, RH
- Laurel Glen Vineyard - By Appointment Only RS, CS
- Little Vineyards - Open Th-Su, 11:00 to 4:30 CS, PS, SY, ZN, PT, LH/ZN
- Mayo Family Winery - Open Daily, 10:30 to 6:30 CY, GW, PG, SB, BA, CS, MB, MG, PN, PO, RH, SY, ZN, SW
- Moondance Cellars - hours vary by season CY, SB, CS, MG, MT, PN
- Pangloss Cellars - Open Daily, 10:30 to 5:00 CY, SB, BX, CS, RH, PN, ZN
- Valley of the Moon Winery - Open daily 10-5, Friday 10-6 CY, PB, RS, CS, MG, ZN
- Wellington Vineyards - Open Daily, 10:30 to 4:30 MG, SY

Kenwood
- B Wise Vineyards - Open Daily, 10:30 to 5:30; Private Tastings Available RS, CS, MG, SY
- Chateau St Jean - Open daily 10-5 CY, FB, PB, RG, LH/RG, VG, CS, CF, MG, MT, PN, SY
- Deerfield Ranch - Daily 10-4:30 PG, SB, PG/SB, CF, CS, MG, MT, PN, SY, ZN, DW
- En Garde - Open daily 11-6 AB, RS, CS, PN, TM, PT
- Kaz Winery - Open F-M, 11:00 to 5:00 CY, BX, LR, MG PN, PS, PV, PS/PV, SG, TA
- Kenwood Vineyards - Open Daily, 10:00 to 4:30 CY, PG, RS, SB, CS, MT, MY, PN, SY, ZN, SW
- Kunde Estate - Open daily 10:30-5 CY, GW, SB, VG, CS, MG, MT, ZN, DW
- Landmark Vineyards - Open Daily, 10:00 to 5:00 CY, PG, GN, RH, PN, SY
- La Rochelle - Daily 11:00 to 5:00 CY, PN
- Loxton Cellars - Open daily 11-5 CY, CS, SY, ZN, LH/ZN
- MacLeod Family Vineyard - By Appointment Only SB, RS, ZN
- Mayo Reserve Room - Open Daily, 10:30 to 6:30 reservations required Food pairings CY, VG, BA, CS, MT, ZN, PT
- Muscardini Cellars - Open daily 11-6
- Nakedwines.com- Open Daily, 11:00 to 5:00
- Paradise Ridge Wine (Kenwood) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 6:00 CY, SB, CS, RH, SY, SW
- St. Anne's Crossing- Open Daily by appt CY, SB, ZN
- VJB Vineyards & Cellars - Open Daily, 10:00 to 5:00 TF, AG, BA, CS, ND, PO, SG, ZN, PT, SW

Sonoma
- Adobe Road Winery (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 6:30 CY, SB, CS, PN, PS, SY, ZN,
- Auteur Wines (Sonoma Plaza) - By Appointment Only CY, PN
- Image Bedrock Wine Co. - By appt only 414 1st St E, Sonoma OV, SB, SE/SB, RS, CS, GN, OV, SY, ZN, SE/DW
- Bennett Valley Cellars (Sonoma Plaza) - CY, PN
- Bryter Estates (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Weekdays, 12:00 to 5:00, Weekends 11:00 to 5:00 CY, MA/RO, RS, CS, PN, PV, SG, SY, SW
- BUMP Wine Cellars (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Th-Su, 12:00 - 6:00; M-T, 1:00 to 6:00 CY, SB, RS, SY, ZN
- Charles Creek Vineyard - (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Th-M, 11:00 to 6:00 CY, SB, CF, CS, PN, DW
- CLARABEC Wines - By Appointment Only CY, PG, CS
- Image Enkidu Wines - "New Tasting Room opening in September 2018" (call 707.833.6100 for details) CY, RS, SB, CF, CS, OV, PN, PS, RH, SY, ZN
- Envolve Winery (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Daily, 12:00 to 7:00 (Saturday until 8:00) CY, SB, RS, CS, PN, SY, SW
- Gundlach Bundschu Winery - Open Daily, 11:00 to 4:30 CY, GW, BX, CF, MG, MT, PN, TM, ZN
- Hawkes Vineyards & Winery (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 6:00 CY, CS, MT, LH/SE
- Haywood Estate (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 6:00 (Fri & Sat until 7:00) CY, CS, MG, PO
- Highway 12 Vineyards (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Daily, 10:30 to 5:30 CY, SB, BX, CS, MG, PN, ST
- Hoffman Family Cellars (Sonoma Plaza) FB, RS, ZN
- Image Jean Edwards Cellars - Mon-Thu and Sun: 12pm to 6pm Fri-Sat: 12pm to 7pm. SE corner of Sonoma Plaza 29 E Napa St #C @ Vine Alley CY, CS, MB, MT, SB
- Maclaren Wine Company (Sonoma Square) - Hours vary by day SB, SY
- Nicholson Ranch - Open daily 10-6 CY, MT, PN, SY
- Paint Horse Winery - By Appointment Only CY, CS, MT
- Robert Hunter Winery - By Appointment Only CY, CS, PN, SW
- Roche Family Winery (Sonoma Plaza) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 7:00 CY, LH/CY, RS, MG, MT, PN, SY, ZN
- Scribe Winery - By Appointment Only CY, RG, SV, RS, CS, PN, SY
- Sebastiani Winery - Open Daily, 11:00 to 5:00 CY, RO, SB, CS, DO, MG, MT, PN, ZN
- Image Sojourn Cellars - By appt only 707-938-7212 CY, CS, PN
- Spann Vineyards (Sonoma Square) - Open Daily, 12:00 to 6:00 CY, CY/VG, RS, BX, CF, CS, MG, PO, PV, TM, ZN
- Image Three Sticks Winery (Sonoma Square) - By Appointment Only CY, PG, CF, CS, MB, PN
- Two Amigos Wines/Glen Lyon Vineyards & Winery (Sonoma Square) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 6:00 CY, PG, RS, VG, LH/VG, CS, MG, SG, SY, PT
- WALT Wines (Sonoma Square) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 6:00 CY, PN
- Westwood Winery (Sonoma Square) - Open Daily, 11:00 to 5:00 RS, PN, RH, SY

Santa Rosa
- Annadel Estate Winery - By Appointment CY, RS, BX, ZN
- St Francis Winery - Open daily 10-5 for wine tasting. Wine and Food pairing by appt Thu-Mon CY, RS, VG, CL, CS, MB, MG, MT, ZN
- Ledson Winery & Vineyards - Open Daily, 10:00 to 5:00 CY, RG, SB, DW, BA, CF, CG, CS, MT, PO, PS, DG, SY, ZN
Annual Wine, Wine/Food Events
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Knowing when these events are taking place can help you plan out your trip to coincide with them or, in some cases, to avoid the crowds. Not a complete listing but some of the more popular events.

January
- Winter WineLand - 140+ Wineries offering limited production wines, new releases, library wines & meet the winemakers. (Self-guided as you travel from from winery to winery, think DD)

Jan/Feb
- Sonoma Valley Olive Festival - Put some sparkle in your spirit with a visit to Sonoma Valley this winter season. In January and February, our annual Olive Season lights up the Valley with a two-month-long celebration as we toast all things olive.

March
- Artisan Cheese Festival - Petaluma
- Pigs and Pinot - Hotel Healdsburg. The celebratory weekend offers a series of intimate dining and educational events hosted by Chef Palmer. A cast of Master Sommeliers and international celebrity chefs will showcase some of the world’s greatest Pinots Noirs with perfect pork pairings.
- Sonoma County Wine Road Annual Barrel Tasting Weekends - typically the first two weekends of March. Your chance to sample wines still in the barrel, buy "futures" and meet the winemakers. (Self-guided as you travel from from winery to winery, think DD)

April
- Pinot Family Reunion - Featuring over 40 wineries participating in a wine and food tasting at Vintners Inn Event Center, followed by a family-style dinner paired with some of the area’s top pinot producers at John Ash & Co. restaurant. Proceeds benefit the Sutter North Bay Women’s Health Center.
- April in Carneros - Multi-Winery Open House
- Passport to Dry Creek Valley - More than 50 Wineries located throughout the pristine and unspoiled beauty of Dry Creek Valley.

May
- Historic Vineyard Society Tour and Dinner - An all day event where you tour 4 or more historic old vine plantings, in small groups, hosted by the vineyard managers/growers/winemakers. This is followed by a dinner featuring wines from the vineyards visited among others. Learn history, farming practices and get up close and personal with your hosts.
- The Seven % Solution - Roughly 93% of Northern California Vineyard acreage is planted to eight major grape varietals.The remaining 7% acreage is home to numerous lesser known varietals. These 'seven percent' varietals are finding anchor with a small but growing number of winemakers. This tasting is a showcase of twenty or more wineries and their seven percent solutions.
- Taste Alexander Valley - Over 25 Wineries offer food and wine pairings. (Self-guided as you travel from from winery to winery, think DD)
- Russian River Valley Pinot Classic - Seminars, Passport to Pinot Barrel Tastings, Paulée Dinner

July
- Monte Rio Variety Show - A benefit for the Monte Rio Fire Dept and St Catherine of Sienna Church. After their 2 week Summer Encampment the members of The Bohemian Club put on this show of Music, Comedy, Poetry, Magic and more accompanied by a Chicken and Rib BBQ, Beer and Wine. Grammy winning singers, song writers, musicians... You never know who might perform. Steve Miller, Kix Brooks, Phil Vassar, Zac Brown, Shelley Berg, Gary Muledeer perform under the stars at the Monte Rio Ampetheater. 2019 will mark the 108th year. Advance ticket purchase and seat placement a must. If you’re in the Russuan River area in July and are looking for something different to do for an evening this is the perfect fit.

August
- West of West - A full weekend featuring West Sonoma County cool-climate producers and artisan foods. Seminars, winemaker dinnners, grand tastings.
-Wind to Wine Festival - Petaluma Gap Wine Producers

September
- Sonoma Wine Country Weekend - The Big Daddy event in Sonoma County featuring: Friday - Winemaker lunches, Dinner Parties, BBQ's. Saturday - The Taste of Sonoma grand tasting by AVA of over 170 Wineries and over 1,000 wines at MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg. Sunday- All followed by the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St Jean. Labor Day Weekend

October
- Gay WineWeekend - A weekend of wine & celebration in California Wine Country - Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance & Gay Wine Auction benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
- Pinot on the River - 100+ Wineries, seminars, grand tasting in downtown Healdsburg.
- Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a celebration of the local harvest featuring three full days of all-inclusive wine tasting with 150+ wineries, wine sales, food pairing, craft beer & cider tasting, marketplace, chef demonstrations and workshops, the World Championship Grape Stomp and much more.
Farmers Markets/Street Fairs
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- Forestville Farmers Market - Tuesdays 4-7pm June thru October in Downtown Forestville across from Canneti Roadhouse Italiana
- Healdsburg Farmers Market - Saturday - 9:00 am to Noon from the first Saturday in May through November in parking lot behind Hotel Healdsburg. or Wednesday 3:30 PM to 6:00 pm from the first Wednesday in June through October behind Hotel Les Mars
- Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market - @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, Mark West Springs Rd @ US-101 Year round Wednesday: 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon, Saturday: 8:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
- Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market - Open May through August downtown 4th St from Santa Rosa Plaza Shopping Center to E street. Farm fresh produce, flowers, fresh seafood. Vendors, Food, Wine, Live Music 5pm-8:30
- Sonoma Tuesday Night Farmers Market – throw-out a picnic blanket and hang with the locals. It is legal to drink in the park, so bring a bottle or two to share. Fair-type food vendors are present or bring your own bites. Very kid friendly. Runs from first Tuesday in May through the last Tuesday in October.
- Windsor Certified Farmers Market - ~ Town Green ~ Old Downtown Windsor ~ Music ~ Bring Your Dancing Shoes Every Sunday 10-1 and Thursday 5-8 April-December
You Gotta Eat Somewhere Under Construction!
Bodega Bay
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- Bay View Restaurant - @ Inn at the Tides. Italian and fresh seafood.
- The Duck Club Restaurant @ Bodega Bay Lodge. American focused seafood, fowl, meat dishes. Upscale.
- Terrapin Creek Café - Upscale comfort food
- The Tides Wharf Restaurant - Right on the water. More tourist focused. Traditional seafood dishes.
Forestville
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How does such a postage stamp of a town have so many good places to eat? It's our little slice if Heaven in West County.
- Image The Backyard - Locally sourced ingredients including vegan entrees
- Canetti's Roadhouse Italiana - Tuscan Country Italian
- Corks Restaurant - @ Russian River Vineyards. The only Winery/Restaurant combo in West County. Best outdoor dining location!
- Image The Farmhouse Inn Restaurant - We are spoiled in Forestville
- Nightingale Breads - Brick Oven Breads to die for! Wed-Sat
- Twist Eatery - Tuesday-Sat 11-4 Great upscale lunch menu. Beer and wine too!
Geyserville
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- Catelli's Restaurant- Home Style Italian
- Diavola Pizzeria & Salumeria - We do like our Italian here in Sonoma
Glen Ellen
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- Image The Fig Café - Flat Bread Pizza, Roast Chicken $0 corkage OMG
- Garden Court Café - Wonderful breakfast.
- Glen Ellen Inn Restaurant - Oyster Grill & Martini Bar, "Martini list as long as your arm!"
- Glen Ellen Star - International Cuisine
- Yeti Restaurant - Indian/Nepalese Cuisine in Jack London Village
Graton
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- Underwood Bar and Bistro - Hang out where the winemakers hang and eat
- Willowood Market Cafe - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Wine Country Style
Guerneville
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- Image Applewood Inn Restaurant - Romantic Dining, wonderful wine list - Closed Undergoing Renovation/Change of Direction
- boon eat + drink - California Bistro - open 7 days lunch, dinner, Sat-Sun Brunch between Memorial Day and Labor Day
- Chef Patrick's - California French
- Garden Grill - Just west as you leave town. Great eats!
- River Inn Grill - Diner food, great breakfast, try the Swedish Pancake
Healdsburg
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- Barndiva - Farm to table, great small plates, very good wine list.
- Bear Republic Brewing Co - Get your Racer 5 and Hop Rod on! Sands, burgers, Pasta, Salads
- Big John's Market - Healdsburg Ave @ Dry Creek Rd, gourmet foods and deli
- Bistro Ralph - CLOSEDSoon to be replaced by Ralph's Slow Burn Roadhouse
- Campo Fina - Indoor/outdoor dining, Bocce, Scopa's sister restaurant
- Chalkboard Healdsburg - I call it creative comfort food with a Wine Country twist
- Image Dry Creek Kitchen - Charlie Palmers home base, Inspired cuisine, exceptional wine list
- Healdsburg Bar and Grill - Douglas Keane inspired fare, casual indoor/outdoor. Good lunch spot.
- Healdsburger - Lots of meat choices. Good shakes and fries.
- Image Healdsburg SHED - Eat, Shop, Gather, Learn. Wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, farm fresh ingredients.
- Lola's Mexican Market - Authentic Mexican Meats, Plates, eat-in or to-go BL&D
- Madrona Manor - Elegant, romantic, Calif Cuisine, set in an eclectic Victorian Mansion
- Oakville Grocery
- Image Scopa - CLOSED
- SingleThread Farms - The newest must visit spot in H'brg. Advance reservations/ticlets required.
- Spoonbar - Contemporary American
- Taqueria El Sombrero - Across the street from Oakville Grocery. The usual Taqueria fare, long time local fave
- Willi's Seafood and Raw Bar - Fresh seafood and small plates
- Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar - Casual American Fare RSV recommend
Kenwood
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- Café Citti - Italian Trattoria, order at the counter, dine at the table. Limited wine choices, Pliny the Elder on tap!
- Kenwood Restaurant - Wed-Sun 12-8
- Lonchera Emily Taco Truck Hwy 12 @ Dunbar (Pagani Ranch) Kenwood - Great Al Pastor among other meats.
- Palooza Gastro Pub - Very casual, good bar food, nice selection of on tap and bottled beers. Pedestrian wine list

Marshall/Tomales/Point Reyes Station
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- Cowgirl Creamery - Wed-Sun 10-6 Cheese, cheese, cheese!
- Hog Island Oyster Co - They don't get any fresher than this. Reserve a picnic table, bring some briquets and grill some fresh oysters while you enjoy a great wine!
Occidental
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- Retaurant Hazel - Mediterranean inspired menu
- Howard Station Café - Best Breakfast in the County!
- Union Hotel - Family Style Italian, Award Winning Pizza
Petaluma
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- Pongo's Kitchen and Tap - Daily Lunch 11:30-2:30 Dinner 4:30-9:00 - Thai Food
- Pub Republic - Open daily, Sat-Sun Brunch @ 10am
- Sauced BBQ and Spirits - Mon-Sat 11:30-10:00 Sun 11:30-9:00 - Pulled Pork, Ribs, Brisket, Wings, inventive appetizers
- Twisted 2 Bar and Grill - Th-Sat from 5:00 - 4 Course Prix Fixe and Wine Pairing
- Wishbone Petaluma Ranch Food - Open Daily Brunch 8:00-2:30, Happy Hour 4:00-6:00, Dinner 6:00-9:00


Santa Rosa
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- Bistro 29 - Quality French Cuisine
- Ca'Bianca - Good Italian in an old Victorian Home
- Image Dierk's Parkside Café - Best Breakfast in Santa Rosa, seriously
- Image Franchettis' Wood Fire Kitchen - Artisan Pizza, sandwiches, appetizers, salads. Order at counter, eat at table. Ping pong Table! Great spot for an offline. Hours vary, call in advance. 707-526-1229
- Ike's Place - Best Sandwiches in the County!
- John Ash & Co. - Wine Country Cuisine
- Johnny Garlic's - Where it all started
- Image Pizzeria Rosso - wood fired oven, flat bread pizza, homemade pastas, Burrata, $10 corkage
- Russian River Brewing co - Come for the beer, stay for the beer. Food is passable but it's all about the Ales, Stouts and Sours
- Image The Spinster Sisters - Hot, Hip, Fresh, Innovative
- Sweet T's Southern Comfort Food and BBQ - Closed due to Tubbs Fire, re-opening in Windsor
- Tex Wasabi's - Like him or not the food here is good. Try the Tokyo Cobb Salad, Sliders, Big Bird on Fire, Jackass Roll
- Image Willi's Wine Bar - Delicious small plates
- Stark's Steakhouse - The name says it all.
- Image Walter Hansel Bistro & Wine Bar - New hot spot in the old Zazu roadhouse location. Wine Country French Cuisine, wine list loaded with great wines at or near release prices.
Sebastopol
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- Hole in the Wall Restaurant - Where the locals eat breakfast (when they aren't at the Grateful Bagel)
- Hopmonk Tavern - Pliny on tap! Good food, live music on weekends.
- K&L Bistro - Contemporary Bistro Fare, Oyster Bar, Sat-Sun Brunch, Sunday night Prime Rib Supper
- Mom's Apple Pie - Because everyone has a sweet tooth. A West County Institution - Homemade Fruit Pies, Deli
- Peter Lowell's Restaurant - Get your hippie on. All organic, all good!
- Screaming Mimi's - Homemade All Natural Ice Cream, a long time Sebastopol favorite.
- Slice of Life - What's an Old Hippy Town without vegetarian food?
- Sushi Hanna - Because everyone needs some raw fish and seaweed in their diet, and because it's good!
- Viva Mexicana - Traditional and FooFoo Mexican. Something for everyone.
- Zazu Kitchen and Farm - @ "The Barlow" Chef's Duske Estes and John Stewart serve up innovative fresh food from locally sourced ingredients. Masters of anything Porcine. Winners of Cochon 555
Sonoma On the Square
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- Burgers and Vine – Just opened so still working out the kinks, however all signs point toward a more tourist and party crowd focus. Not a bad spot for a beer before or after dinner.
- Image Café La Haye - just delicious food
- Della Santina's - Italian done right
- El Dorado Kitchen -
- Image The Girl and the Fig - Country food with a French passion– usually tough to get a reservation within 48 hours of seating, but one of the few restaurants on the Square open late with a limited bistro menu. Cocktails are very good, Pliny the Elder on tap, Only Rhone-styled wines on the list. The best burger in town.
- Harvest Moon Café – seems to be rarely talked about, but always good – surprisingly good, actually. A somewhat stiff corkage policy though.
- LaSalette – Portuguese/Mediterranean inspired fair – a fairly ‘exotic’ dining choice for Sonoma Square, with menu items like whole sardines baked in the wood fired oven, escargot, etc. The fish cakes are a huge favorite when available, and the anchovies are some of the best I have ever had. The wine list offers some fun Portuguese whites that are a great budget alternative to the typical Cali Sav Blanc or Chardonnay.
- OSO Sonoma - Small plates and raw bar. Small but exciting local wine list.
- Sonoma Cheese Factory - Cheese, sandwiches, salami/salumi, wine tasting, grilled meats
- Sunflower Cafe - Breakfast and Lunch. Sandwiches, Smoothies, Beer and Wine
Sonoma Off the Square
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- El Brinquito – they do BBQ chicken out front of the market on Wed/Friday/Sat/Sunday, corner of Hwy 12 and Mountain Ave. Follow your nose – it smells as good as it tastes and is cheap. This is strictly to-go.
- El Molino Central - Mexican street food, primarily from the Oaxaca region of Mexico. Very good but not cheap. Simple, patio seating - can be very busy with a long wait during dinner hours. Blue Bottle Coffee also served.
- Fremont Diner - CLOSED
- Hopmonk Tavern – Sister of the Sebastopol locatio. Upscale pub food, Pliny the Elder on tap. A favorite with locals, great patio seating in the summer.
- Hot Box Grill – Upscale comfort food, known for the duck fat fries and fried chicken plate.
- La Bamba Taco Truck – usually in the auto body shop parking lot directly across the street from the Sonoma Mission Inn - usually after 7pm. This is the most popular truck in town for good reason. The wait can be long. The perfect late night snack after a long day of tasting.
- Rancho Viejo - authentic Mexican from the Yucatan peninsula. Don’t let the proximity to McDonalds scare you (next door), the cochinita pibil is awesome.
Valley Ford
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- Rocker Oysterfellers - Casual comfort food, Oysters, Crab Cakes, Buffalo Wings, Fried Chicken, Fish Tacos, Clam Chowder, Burgers, Oyster PoBoy. Dinner Thu-Sun, Sat Lunch, Sun Brunch
Windsor
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- [berserker.gif]BurtoNZ Bakery - New Zealand styled Artisan Bakery tucked into the Lakewood Shopping Center on the East side of 101
- Chinois Asian Bistro - Elegant Asian Fusion, nice wine list.
- Himalayan Restaurant "Kaboda and Curry House" Get your Tandoori on!
- The Jaded Toad - BBQ, Comfort Food, 24 craft beers
- Johnny Garlic's - Where it all started
- Omelette Express - The name says it all. Breakfast specialties.
- Patterson's Irish Pub - Pub Fare with lots of suds on tap. Indoor outdoor seating.
- Umé Japanese Bistro - Sushi, tempura and more. A real local gem! Closed Sundays
Wine Bars/Winery Tasting Collectives under construction
Duncans Mills
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Sophie's Cellars - Wine tasting and retail sales daily 11-5 Fri 11-7. Free corkage at local restaurant of wne purchjased at Sophie's. On the way to the Coast 15 min W of Guerneville on Hwy 116
Healdsburg
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- Bergamot Alley - CLOSED
Kenwood
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- Palooza Gastropub & Wine Bar
Santa Rosa
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-Cellars of Santa Rosa - Featuring: Amorosa Bella, Gann Family Cellars, La Sirena, Bonneau Wines, James Family Cellars & TR Elliott Winery in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square
- Image Pizzeria Rosso & Wine Bar - Nice selection at the Wine Bar by the glass or bottle. Great food aside $10 corkage
- Image Willi's Wine Bar - Closed due to Tubbs Fire
Sonoma
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- Sonoma Enoteca - A part of Della Santina's. Buy the wine at Enoteca and corkage is free at DS. Brutocao Cellars, Il Cuore, Dreyer Sonoma, Favero Vineyards, Manzanita Creek, Seabiscuit Ranch, Seabiscuit Ranch, Victor Hill Wines featured. Much more available for purchase.
Breweries and Brewpubs
Cloverdale
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- Ruth McGowan's Brewpub
Guerneville
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- Stumptown Brewery
Healdsburg
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- Bear Republic Brewing
Occidental
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Barley and Hops Tavern
Petaluma
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- Dempsey's Brewery
- Lagunitas Brewing Co Tap Room and Beer Sanctuary
Santa Rosa
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- Cooperage Brewing Co - Daily 2:00-12:00 Sat ad Sun 12:00-12:00 Belgian Ales, Stouts, Porters, Sessions, IPAs
- Fogbelt Brewing Company - Wed 3-9, Thu - Sat 12-10, Sun 12-8
- Heritage Public House
- Moonlight Brewing - Get your "Death and Taxes", Tap Room to open at the Piner Industrial Park in Santa Rosa in 2014. Same place you find Donelan, Carol Shelton, Vinify, The NPA, Salinia etc
- Russian River Brewing Company
- Sprenger's Tap Room
- Third Street Ale Works
Sebastopol
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- Hopmonk Tavern - House brews, local ales and sours on tap and over 100 different bottled beers.
- Spirit Works Distillery at "The Barlow"
- Woodfour Brewing Company - at "The Barlow"
Sonoma
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- Carneros Brewing Company
- Murphy's Irish Pub
- Olde Sonoma Public House
- Sonoma Springs Brewery
Windsor
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- Old Redwood Brewing Company
- ImageRussian River Brewing Company - 700 Mitchell Ln Windsor, CA 95492 (707) 545-BEER
195 Seat BrewPub/Tasting Bar/Retail Store
Hours: SUN-THU 11AM-10PM / FRI & SAT 11AM-11PM
Guided Tours by Reservation - Self-Guided Daily 11AM-5PM
- St Florian's brewery and Tap Room
You Gotta Sleep Somehwere Under Construction
Forestville
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- Case Ranch Inn - Quaint 3br main house plus a guest cottage nestled in the hills of Forestville.
Image Farmhouse Inn - Cozy Cottages or The Barn, Spa services and Michelin Starred Restaurant - Voted Best Hotel in California and #8 Best Hotel in the World by Travel and Leisure Magazine
Glen Ellen
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- Gaige House - A long time Michelin Guide favorite. Spa services
Guerneville
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- Applewood Inn & Spa - They call themselves a B&B which is a a stretch. Mediterranean villa styled resort. Great restaurant.
- Image Sonoma Orchid Inn B&B - next door to Korbel on River Rd "Great breakfasts, friendly and helpful hosts, each room different and varying in price. Some cabins for more privacy, and other rooms in an older house."
Healdsburg
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- Image 1br Cottage Amongst the Vines - Vineyard and lakeside 1br retreat for less than a hotel room!
- Honor Mansion - Pricey and a bit overly precious, but good breakfasts, helpful staff (for getting reservations, etc), and beautiful grounds (bocce court, outdoor massage, etc).
- Madrona Manor - Vintage elegance
- Image Raford Inn - Great setting, wonderful proprietors, centrally located in RRV. Headlsburg address but it's a home run swing away from Forestville.
Kenwood
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- Image The Acorn House - Romantic Cottage on 4 Private Acres of Vineyards and Oaks
- Kenwood Inn and Spa
Santa Rosa
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- Fountaingrove Inn - US-101 @ Mendocino Ave exit/Fountaingrove Parkway
- Hilton Garden Inn - @ Sonoma County Airport
- Hotel La Rose - Built after the '06 earthquake. Historic SR property in Railroad Square
- Hyatt Vineyard Creek - Centrally located 3rd St @ US-101
- Vintners Inn - River Rd exit North Santa Rosa
Sebastopol
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- Fairfield Inn & Suites - Gravenstein Hwy South
- Sebastopol Inn - Conveniently located on Hwy 12 across from The Barlow
- Wineberry Lodge (Rental Home) - Next door to Merry Edwards Winery - Great for large groups.
Sonoma
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- El Dorado Hotel - Right on the Square
- El Pueblo Inn - Conveniently located, older property, affordable
- Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa - Not for the light billfold.
- The Inn at Sonoma - a Four Sisters Inn
- The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa - Broadway at Leveroni/Napa Rd
- MacArthur Place - Swanky
- Sonoma Valley Inn - Best Western just off the Square
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Culture
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Charles Shulz Museum and Research Center
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Peanuts and much more!
2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone: (707) 579-4452
https://schulzmuseum.org/

Green Music Center at Sonoma State University - Weill Hall is a World Class music venue. Year round performances of Symphony, Jazz, all forms of popular music, Shakespeare etc... Indoor and outdoor events.

Transcendence Theater Company, Broadway Under the Stars - Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Park is an award-winning series of Broadway-inspired concerts that feature incredible talent from the NY and Hollywood stages and screen. More than just a standard musical review, each concert weaves your favorite Broadway and popular songs into a spectacular evening unlike anything you’ve seen before.

To top it off, each evening begins with picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the park’s sprawling vineyards. Here you’ll enjoy local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors and pre-show music. With all this magic in one place, how could you possibly leave without what Before It’s News calls “...goosebumps all around” ? - June-August
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Jack London State Historic Park
2400 London Ranch Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
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Gambling Sometimes buying wine is a gamble, non?
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Graton Resort Casino - They are getting closer and closer to the population centers. LV Gambling in Rohnert Park
River Rock Casino - East side of the Alexander Valley in Geyserville
Hot Air Balloon Rides through Sonoma
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SonomaCounty.com has a great article covering the local companies offering Hot Air Ballon rides
http://www.sonomacounty.com/articles/ho ... oma-county
Ice Skating in Wine Country
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Redwood Empire Ice Arena "Snoopy's Home Ice"
Opened by Minnesota native Charles Shulz in 1968
1667 West Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-546-7147
http://www.snoopyshomeice.com
LGBT Focused Events
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- Lazy Bear Weekend - Guerneville
- Russian River Womens Weekend - Guerneville
Nature/Horticulture
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Annadel State Park - Miles and miles of paved and unpaved hiking, biking, mountain biking trails through the oak studded hills of East Santa Rosa.
6201 Channel Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 539-3911

Armstrong Woods State Park - Hike amongst the giant redwoods. Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville
17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville
(707) 869-2015

Bouverie Nature Preserve - Hwy 12 In Glen Ellen
13935 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen, CA
(707) 938-4554

California Carnivores - Vegetarians Beware! These plants bite back. This Sebastopol garden features the largest collection of Carnivorous Plants in the US.
2833 Old Gravenstein Hwy, Sebastopol, CA
(707) 824-0433

Jack London State Historic Park - Hiking, Museum, Historic Landmarks
2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA 95442


Luther Burbank Home and Gardens - "I firmly believe, from what I have seen, that this is the chosen spot for all this Earthas far as Nature is concerned." ~ Luther Burbank - This famed horticulturist is responsible for over 800 plants including 200 fruit/vegetale/nut varieties. The spot is a National Horticultural Landmark. Tours Daily.
204 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 524-5445

Point Reyes National Seashore - Unspoiled, wildlife, coastline, hiking trails...
1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Quarryhill Botanical Garden - One of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens globally, featuring one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world.
12841 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen, CA
(707) 996-3166
Pop Culture
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Rio Theater - Step back in time in this WWII Quinset Hut Movie Theater opened in 1950. Ceilings in theater adorned with the largest pieces of Christo's Running Fence in existence. Second run features, Independent Films and Classics. Monte Rio Hwy 116 @ Bohemian Hwy
Peggy Sue's All-American Cruise - A 4-day event the 2nd weekend of June. 800 classic American Cars and Hot Rods pre-1975. Friday Chilli Cook-Off Wine/Beer Tasting, Sat and Sun cars displayed all day. Sat night Downtown Cruise in Santa Rosa. Huge event and a can't miss for the car buff.
Rock Wall Climbing - Indoors
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Vertex Climbing Center
3358a Coffey Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 573-1608
Mon-Fri: 8am to 10pm
Sat & Sun: 10am to 6pm

Vertex is conveniently located in the same industrial complex as Donelan Wines, Salinia, The NPA, Carol Shelton, Vinoteca Collective if you get my drift.
Russian River Canoe and Kayak Trips
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Bob Burke's Canoe Trips - Since the 1960's from Mirabel Park in Forestville to Guerneville May-Sep
8600 River Rd @ Mirabel Rd, Forestville, CA
(707) 887-1222
River's Edge Kayak and Canoe Multiple trips available
13840 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
(707) 433-7247
1/4 Scale Railroad Train
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Train Town Sonoma - Got kids! Or are you just a kid at heart.
20264 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-3912
Wild Animal Preserve
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Safari West is a 400-acre private wildlife preserve located in Sonoma County, California, United States. The selection of wildlife emphasizes species native to Africa, including giraffes, rhinoceros, cheetahs, and numerous species of birds.
3115 Porter Creek Rd,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 579-2551
http://www.safariwest.com/
Zip-Lining
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Sonoma Canopy Tours
6250 Bohemian Hwy,
Occidental CA, 95465
http://www.sonomacanopytours.com
info@sonomacanopytours.com
888-494-7868
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#2 Post by Sean Devaney » March 26th, 2014, 2:48 pm

Nice PSA Brian [thumbs-up.gif]

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#3 Post by M. Dildine » March 26th, 2014, 2:49 pm

Well done Brian, very useful.
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#4 Post by Mark Y » March 26th, 2014, 2:50 pm

this is awesome.. thanks!
is it possible to get a list of good/popular wineries that are open for visit - categorized by the regions above?

maybe separate by public / appt only (true appt only not appt only if you know the pope).
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#5 Post by Todd F r e n c h » March 26th, 2014, 2:50 pm

Bravo, Brian!
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#6 Post by Brian Tuite » March 26th, 2014, 3:08 pm

Mark Y wrote:this is awesome.. thanks!
is it possible to get a list of good/popular wineries that are open for visit - categorized by the regions above?

maybe separate by public / appt only (true appt only not appt only if you know the pope).
I DO have a day job. Perhaps I can update the OP as we go along based on input from the group.
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#7 Post by Larry P » March 26th, 2014, 3:30 pm

Thanks Brian. I do love Sonoma! For those who are *visual* learners, here are some maps:
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The new Moon Mountain AVA is not pictured, but if you can picture that Hwy 12 runs up the middle of Sonoma Valley, Moon Mountain is opposite the valley from Sonoma Mountain AVA.

The often talked about "Petaluma Gap" area is the bottom part of the wedge that is currently Sonoma Coast. On the topographical map above you can see "the gap" in the hills starting at Bodega Bay which funnels high wind, cold air, and fog from the coast into the Petaluma area.
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#8 Post by Scott Brunson » March 26th, 2014, 3:32 pm

brilliant!
from the thread title I had hoped it was a lunch invitation. [cheers.gif]
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#9 Post by M. Sai » March 26th, 2014, 3:35 pm

Nice Brian! A few more key points from my short stint on the hospitality side of things:
>> Don’t plan to ‘drop by for lunch’ at Russian River Brewing – unless you plan on doing so when the doors open at 11am. The place is typically standing room only with an hour wait for a table any time after noon.

>> Unless you own a helicopter, lunch at Girl and the Fig followed by a 1pm appointment to taste your favorite Pinot in the RRV is simply not possible.

>> If you would like to visit Guerneville with the kids, don’t do so during Bear Weekend... Google is your friend.

>> West Santa Rosa between 101 and Fulton road is also known as Fresno-North – drive through that area as quickly as you can. I’m only sort of kidding on that one... [wink.gif]
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#10 Post by Mark Y » March 26th, 2014, 4:02 pm

M. Sai wrote:>> Unless you own a helicopter, lunch at Girl and the Fig followed by a 1pm appointment to taste your favorite Pinot in the RRV is simply not possible.
Good advice! Now i can keep that 1pm schedule, just gotta make sure my chopper is fueled and ready.
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#11 Post by M. Sai » March 26th, 2014, 4:11 pm

Mark Y wrote:
M. Sai wrote:>> Unless you own a helicopter, lunch at Girl and the Fig followed by a 1pm appointment to taste your favorite Pinot in the RRV is simply not possible.
Good advice! Now i can keep that 1pm schedule, just gotta make sure my chopper is fueled and ready.
Yes, the open field in front of General Vallejo's Home is the closest place to land!
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#12 Post by Larry P » March 26th, 2014, 4:21 pm

M. Sai wrote:>> If you would like to visit Guerneville with the kids, don’t do so during Bear Weekend... Google is your friend.
That's funny - the guy across the hall from my office right now has a great story about him and his wife spending a weekend in Guerneville not knowing it was Bear Weekend. They had a good time though [wow.gif]
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#13 Post by Mark Y » March 26th, 2014, 4:25 pm

M. Sai wrote:Yes, the open field in front of General Vallejo's Home is the closest place to land!
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#14 Post by Paul Luckin » March 26th, 2014, 4:26 pm

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#15 Post by M. Sai » March 26th, 2014, 4:33 pm

Larry P wrote:
M. Sai wrote:>> If you would like to visit Guerneville with the kids, don’t do so during Bear Weekend... Google is your friend.
That's funny - the guy across the hall from my office right now has a great story about him and his wife spending a weekend in Guerneville not knowing it was Bear Weekend. They had a good time though [wow.gif]
Yes - I met a nice family last summer who had rented a house in the area that weekend. It was quite funny hearing the story of them trying to explain to the kids (probably about 5 to 8-ish) what they had just seen while driving down the main drag...
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#16 Post by Brian Tuite » March 26th, 2014, 4:35 pm

Slowly adding to the OP. Send me reccos and i'll add them as time permits [cheers.gif]
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#17 Post by Bob Hunnicutt » March 26th, 2014, 5:07 pm

Driving times, example: Sbragia in the north end of Dry Creek Vly to Gloria Ferrer outside of (the town of) Sonoma = about 1 hr 15 m on a busy day.

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#18 Post by Sean Devaney » March 26th, 2014, 5:29 pm

Brian, you're taking on a hell of a project including wineries in your post (and you forgot my must stop Joseph Swan!). A suggestion would be to include some regional web sites. My favorite when anyone asks me for recommendations is to visit http://www.wineroad.com/. This site will give you tons of info on wineries of the RRV, DCV, Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill.

Some other AVA and/or area specific web sites:
http://www.sonomavalley.com/ Sonoma Valley.
http://www.carneroswineries.org/ Includes wineries in both Sonoma and Napa.
http://www.westsonomacoast.com/ True Sonoma coast wineries.
http://www.wdcv.com/ Wine Growers of Dry Creek Valley. Passport last weekend of April!
http://alexandervalley.org/ Alexander Valley.

I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting but other [berserker.gif] will chime in.

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#19 Post by Brian Tuite » March 26th, 2014, 5:34 pm

Sean Devaney wrote:Brian, you're taking on a hell of a project including wineries in your post (and you forgot my must stop Joseph Swan!). A suggestion would be to include some regional web sites. My favorite when anyone asks me for recommendations is to visit http://www.wineroad.com/. This site will give you tons of info on wineries of the RRV, DCV, Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill.

Some other AVA and/or area specific web sites:
http://www.sonomavalley.com/ Sonoma Valley.
http://www.carneroswineries.org/ Includes wineries in both Sonoma and Napa.
http://www.westsonomacoast.com/ True Sonoma coast wineries.
http://www.wdcv.com/ Wine Growers of Dry Creek Valley. Passport last weekend of April!
http://alexandervalley.org/ Alexander Valley.

I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting but other [berserker.gif] will chime in.
Thanks Sean, it's a work in progress and not even anywhere close to being completed. Swan is on my short list. I was working my way down Olivet Lane towards River Rd and got sidetracked. [cheers.gif]
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#20 Post by Robert B. » March 26th, 2014, 5:35 pm

My wife and I might do a Sonoma tour next year sometime. This thread will certainly help.
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#21 Post by Larry P » March 27th, 2014, 8:16 am

A couple questions:

Are we making a list of all wineries, or a list of recommended wineries? I'm looking at the list of Sonoma Valley tasting rooms, and can't help but think that this doesn't answer the question of: "I'm visiting Sonoma Valley, what wineries should I visit?"

Maybe break down by geographical location of the tasting room, with some comments on varietal specialization, AVAs from which they pull grapes, and general style?
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#22 Post by Brian Tuite » March 27th, 2014, 8:34 am

Larry P wrote:A couple questions:

Are we making a list of all wineries, or a list of recommended wineries? I'm looking at the list of Sonoma Valley tasting rooms, and can't help but think that this doesn't answer the question of: "I'm visiting Sonoma Valley, what wineries should I visit?"

Maybe break down by geographical location of the tasting room, with some comments on varietal specialization, AVAs from which they pull grapes, and general style?
Larry,

It was starting out as just that but when Paul dumped his list of Sonoma Valley Wineries on me I thought about it. Just as everyone cannot afford The French Laundry, tastes in wine vary greatly and not everyone here agrees on every recommendation. Therefor I conceded and decided to compile a list that is more complete.

Right now I am trying to break down by AVA and then geographically by town, district, street so that folks can plan tastings in a particular area. My current listings are showing tasting room locations if the room is in another location than the winery itself. I will eventually link back to the winery website so folks have all the info. Perhaps they have a free day without a car and need to stay in a restricted area. This might help. I welcome Berserkers to add their thoughts on their favorites, either via this thread or PM, and I will then add the notes to each Winery listing.

This is a big task that will take time to morph but i think it could be valuable moving forward. [cheers.gif]
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#23 Post by Doug Lee » March 27th, 2014, 8:35 am

Awesome, Brian. Very useful information. Thanks for putting this together.

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#24 Post by Brian Tuite » March 27th, 2014, 8:49 am

In order to shrink the size of the OP what do you think about me putting the winery listings in a spoiler alert format under each AVA heading? That way people can expand an area if they want but not have to scroll through it if not. Thoughts?
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#25 Post by Jim V a n P e l t » March 27th, 2014, 8:53 am

Wow! Awesome Brian! Thanks!

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#26 Post by M. Dildine » March 27th, 2014, 8:56 am

Sonoma is a very special place, very different to visit than Napa. Great thread!
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#27 Post by M. Sai » March 27th, 2014, 9:14 am

M. Dildine wrote:Sonoma is a very special place, and an infinitely better place to visit than Napa. Great thread!
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#28 Post by Larry P » March 27th, 2014, 9:38 am

Brian Tuite wrote:
Larry P wrote:A couple questions:

Are we making a list of all wineries, or a list of recommended wineries? I'm looking at the list of Sonoma Valley tasting rooms, and can't help but think that this doesn't answer the question of: "I'm visiting Sonoma Valley, what wineries should I visit?"

Maybe break down by geographical location of the tasting room, with some comments on varietal specialization, AVAs from which they pull grapes, and general style?
Larry,

It was starting out as just that but when Paul dumped his list of Sonoma Valley Wineries on me I thought about it. Just as everyone cannot afford The French Laundry, tastes in wine vary greatly and not everyone here agrees on every recommendation. Therefor I conceded and decided to compile a list that is more complete.

Right now I am trying to break down by AVA and then geographically by town, district, street so that folks can plan tastings in a particular area. My current listings are showing tasting room locations if the room is in another location than the winery itself. I will eventually link back to the winery website so folks have all the info. Perhaps they have a free day without a car and need to stay in a restricted area. This might help. I welcome Berserkers to add their thoughts on their favorites, either via this thread or PM, and I will then add the notes to each Winery listing.

This is a big task that will take time to morph but i think it could be valuable moving forward. [cheers.gif]
I understand Brian, but people can pull a list of wineries from all kinds of resources. We have a focused group here that are probably looking for a geekier experience, no? OTOH "recommending" wineries can be a dicey proposition so the list has to be inclusive i.e. We don't want to get into the business of judging a winery to be not worthy. Maybe there's a middle ground where we can provide additional info on a winery, in terms of style of wine, and the more "berserker approved" the winery is, the more info they'll have?

Really the list has to be somewhat unfocused. Here's the typical use case:

Them: "I'm hitting Sonoma, what wineries should I visit?"
Us: "Sonoma is a big place, where will you be?"
Them: "Not sure." or "I'll be at ABC for a day and XYX for two more."
Us: "What kind of wines do you like?"

...so, I guess the list should be large and inclusive, but allow someone to drill down to specifics if they have answers to those two questions.

Also, and this is perhaps a daunting task for a thread (better suited for a wiki article?) but I think we eventually expand to include other activities like food, hiking, kid-friendly activities, etc.
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#29 Post by Larry P » March 27th, 2014, 9:40 am

BTW

Dry Creek Valley:
Ridge Lytton Springs

Alexender Valley:
Seghesio?
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#30 Post by B. Jenny » March 27th, 2014, 9:46 am

Just to add have a visa signature card for free tastings and discounts. http://www.sonomawine.com/visa-signatur ... nery-guide
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#31 Post by Chris D » March 27th, 2014, 10:35 am

Awesome post/thread Brian! [thankyou.gif] This is indeed an undertaking and timely for me. I am in the midst of planning a trip with another couple over Memorial Day weekend and have been building our agenda without this great reference.

One thing we considered in mapping out our days there was the varietal focus of each, so when we pulled together the producer list we wanted to visit we wanted some variation, but also to start with lighter varietals, ending with the heavier so as to not crush our palettes by late afternoon. To that end, it might be useful to add after each producer some indicator of what they are "known for" or focus on. For example, we will visit Ridge (zin, cab) later in the day and MacPhail (pinot) earlier in the day with maybe Copain (pinot, syrah) in between. Obviously, driving times are important and your breakdown of specific areas will help greatly in that (do wish there were people to hire by the day to drive us, though) - maybe that's another thread.

Look forward to everyone's collective input on this and will be sure to contribute when we return with thoughts on each of our visits. As of now, we are trying to fit in Selyem, Copain, Ridge, Papapietro, Roadhouse, Joseph Swan, Cofarro, Zichichi, Rochioli, MacPhail, Seghesio, Lynmar and Bella. Pretty ambitious agenda, but think we'll struggle through ;)
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#32 Post by Brian Tuite » March 27th, 2014, 10:40 am

Thanks for the input Chris! Moving forward I'd like to incorporate all of your suggestions.
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#33 Post by Jay $$ Winton » March 27th, 2014, 10:45 am

thanks for this. We stayed in Guerneville-a funky place. Interesting that the pot store is next to the brewery-your choice of buzz.
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#34 Post by Dan Hammer » March 27th, 2014, 11:10 am

I think it would be useful to board members to list members that are in the business (ITB). ie Mike Carlisle (Carlisle), John Holdredge (Holdredge), and Craig Haserot (Sojourn). Visiting with winemakers that are members here is a lot of fun.

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Sojourn in Sonoma (on the square).
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#35 Post by T. Melloni » March 27th, 2014, 11:34 am

Thank you. Well done.

I understand that some areas of the "true" Sonoma Coast are difficult or time consuming to visit. Hirsch Vineyards is one that comes to mind. Once there, however, it is supposed to be incredibly beautiful. (Plus for me, being a fan of Hirsch wines, it may be worth the time needed in order to visit).

Any suggestions on those "difficult to reach" areas of the Sonoma Coast or, as Yankees might sometimes say, "Can't get there from here."
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#36 Post by H Wallace Jr » March 27th, 2014, 1:23 pm

T. Melloni wrote: I understand that some areas of the "true" Sonoma Coast are difficult or time consuming to visit. Hirsch Vineyards is one that comes to mind. Once there, however, it is supposed to be incredibly beautiful. (Plus for me, being a fan of Hirsch wines, it may be worth the time needed in order to visit).
It is. If you go, make it the only place you schedule to visit that day. The property is naturally stunning and the wines are spectacular. Ross Cobb is doing amazing things there.

You may have time left to able to hit some places on your way back to where you are staying, but leave it open.
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#37 Post by Matt Richman » March 27th, 2014, 2:29 pm

Wow Brian.

I bow down to your superior knowledge and organizational skills.

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#38 Post by T. Melloni » March 27th, 2014, 5:03 pm

H Wallace Jr wrote:
T. Melloni wrote: I understand that some areas of the "true" Sonoma Coast are difficult or time consuming to visit. Hirsch Vineyards is one that comes to mind. Once there, however, it is supposed to be incredibly beautiful. (Plus for me, being a fan of Hirsch wines, it may be worth the time needed in order to visit).
It is. If you go, make it the only place you schedule to visit that day. The property is naturally stunning and the wines are spectacular. Ross Cobb is doing amazing things there.

You may have time left to able to hit some places on your way back to where you are staying, but leave it open.
Thanks. I do enjoy the estate wines, as well as what WS and Littorai do with their fruit. Haven't yet had a Siduri-Hirsch though.
Since it is a bit of a drive, just trying to get a sense of whether it is worth the effort. Thanks for the input.
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#39 Post by Dave McIsaac » March 27th, 2014, 5:16 pm

I took my teenage daughters ziplining this past Monday, and we had a blast. The place is "in the middle of nowhere" aka Occidental, and is tucked away. The course offers 7 zipline tracks, with the highest 200 feet up, and the longest is 800 feet. There were 7 of us in the party and had 2 guides with us. One guide went first, and the other last. They take care in making sure you are secured, and were very friendly, helpful and fun. The trip takes exactly 2.5 hours to complete. I highly recommend this experience.

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#40 Post by Brian Tuite » March 27th, 2014, 5:30 pm

Dave McIsaac wrote:I took my teenage daughters ziplining this past Monday, and we had a blast. The place is "in the middle of nowhere" aka Occidental, and is tucked away. The course offers 7 zipline tracks, with the highest 200 feet up, and the longest is 800 feet. There were 7 of us in the party and had 2 guides with us. One guide went first, and the other last. They take care in making sure you are secured, and were very friendly, helpful and fun. The trip takes exactly 2.5 hours to complete. I highly recommend this experience.

The contact information is:

Sonoma Canopy Tours
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Occidental CA, 95465
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Great stuff (mentioned it in the OP [highfive.gif] ), this is the kind of feedback that goes along way towards making this a valuable thread. Thanks for sharing!
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#41 Post by Steve Pohlman » March 27th, 2014, 8:41 pm

If you head north, don't miss a chance to head up the coast.

We left from Sebastapol, went straight to the coast then north. It was a bright, clear day and the drive was spectacular.

Our destination was Peay. We had a wonderful visit. Peay wines are surpurb.

It was a whole day ... Up and back and could have included some other wineries (Hirsch) or been a stopover on the way to the way up Sonoma Coast.
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#42 Post by Chris D » March 28th, 2014, 7:53 am

FYI MacPhail is relocating their tasting room from Healdsburg to Sebastapol in May/June '14. They will now be at 6761 McKinley St., Sebastopol, CA 94572. Primarily a pinot producer with maybe one Chardonnay.
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#43 Post by Brian Tuite » March 28th, 2014, 8:01 am

Chris D wrote:FYI MacPhail is relocating their tasting room from Healdsburg to Sebastopol in May/June '14. They will now be at "The Barlow" 6761 McKinley St., Sebastopol, CA 94572. Primarily a Pinot producer with maybe one Chardonnay.
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#44 Post by Brian Tuite » March 29th, 2014, 11:46 am

Added Dry Creek Valley wineries today. Let me know if I missed any.
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#45 Post by Sean Devaney » March 29th, 2014, 12:19 pm

A quick look at your list for DCV and I don't see Pedroncelli. You also list Frick as Alexander Valley but they are in DCV.

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#46 Post by Brian Tuite » March 29th, 2014, 12:31 pm

Sean Devaney wrote:A quick look at your list for DCV and I don't see Pedroncelli. You also list Frick as Alexander Valley but they are in DCV.
Pedroncelli is listed on Canyon Rd, first entry under the Dry Creek heading. That's where I moved Frick to as well. Thanks! Want to add footnotes to wine styles for each producer. If anyone wants to help out with that shoot me your suggestions via PM or in the thread.

Starting to add restaurants, that will take a while but it's a start. Needed a break from winery entries. Hotels and Inns to come. If you have preferred transportation services such as wine drivers let me know and I can add those under a sub-heading as well.

Also thinking of a Berserker Rating system of 1-5 stars or berserkers that can be added to each listing. What do you all think of that idea?
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#47 Post by G. Bienstock » March 29th, 2014, 1:47 pm

If you have a Visa Signature card you can get free tastings at these wineries:

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#48 Post by Jim V a n P e l t » March 29th, 2014, 9:35 pm

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit? ... 1EITLHn-vg

For reasons I'll explain below, I felt compelled to play around with the Google Map Engine (Lite) today. My original thought ran into a brick wall, so I figured I'd take all the hard work Brian has put into this thread, and incorporate it into a map, both to satisfy my curiosity, and perhaps "pay it back" a bit. Brian's work on this thread deserves a "Thread of the Year" nomination.

I've basically taken Brian's data (he's done the heavy lifting) and entered it into the Google map engine. One of the benefits is that Google attaches, for most wineries, addresses, websites and phone numbers. As I got further through Brian's list, I also slowed down and started to xref the websites to confirm hours and such. Which is my excuse for only getting through "Glen Ellen" for the time being. A note to anyone who uses this a few months down the road - check the winery's website and/or call. While it doesn't happen often, I did note a few changes in schedules and such.

I think the map itself is relatively self explanatory. Should work on both laptop and mobile, but the mobile looks kluggy for me with the left panel (which I can't figure out how to hide).

Background:
I started a separate project today with Google Map Engine Lite, and ran into a huge fail. I wanted to start a collaborative map among Berserkers to map favorite wine retailers around the world, so that as we travel, we could have a handy, ready-to-go reference. A map where each of us could enter our favorite retailers from our home towns or places we've visited. I've used things like Yelp in the past, and politely don't trust most retailer reviews that are available through that kind of forum. The folks here, who frankly buy a lot of wine, have the opinions I value.

But anyway, that didn't work. Apparently Google isn't that far along in offering map collaboration, at least not without their costly enterprise version, which is a show-stopper for what I wanted to do.

So, what's represented above is my fallback option for learning about Google Maps. As a byproduct, I also learned a bunch about Sonoma:)

Thanks again to Brian for pulling together all the raw data. A huge undertaking. Not sure if you will find the map incrementally valuable, but it's been a fun diversion for me one way or the other on a crappy MN weather day;)

Cheers,
Jim

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#49 Post by Steve Pohlman » March 30th, 2014, 6:27 am

Brian, thanks for all the hard work. A great resource for any visitor.

My son is going to Sonoma with a group of friends next month and was happy to have some choices.
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#50 Post by Brian Tuite » March 30th, 2014, 7:34 am

Jim V a n P e l t wrote:https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit? ... 1EITLHn-vg

For reasons I'll explain below, I felt compelled to play around with the Google Map Engine (Lite) today. My original thought ran into a brick wall, so I figured I'd take all the hard work Brian has put into this thread, and incorporate it into a map, both to satisfy my curiosity, and perhaps "pay it back" a bit. Brian's work on this thread deserves a "Thread of the Year" nomination.

I've basically taken Brian's data (he's done the heavy lifting) and entered it into the Google map engine. One of the benefits is that Google attaches, for most wineries, addresses, websites and phone numbers. As I got further through Brian's list, I also slowed down and started to xref the websites to confirm hours and such. Which is my excuse for only getting through "Glen Ellen" for the time being. A note to anyone who uses this a few months down the road - check the winery's website and/or call. While it doesn't happen often, I did note a few changes in schedules and such.

I think the map itself is relatively self explanatory. Should work on both laptop and mobile, but the mobile looks kluggy for me with the left panel (which I can't figure out how to hide).

Background:
I started a separate project today with Google Map Engine Lite, and ran into a huge fail. I wanted to start a collaborative map among Berserkers to map favorite wine retailers around the world, so that as we travel, we could have a handy, ready-to-go reference. A map where each of us could enter our favorite retailers from our home towns or places we've visited. I've used things like Yelp in the past, and politely don't trust most retailer reviews that are available through that kind of forum. The folks here, who frankly buy a lot of wine, have the opinions I value.

But anyway, that didn't work. Apparently Google isn't that far along in offering map collaboration, at least not without their costly enterprise version, which is a show-stopper for what I wanted to do.

So, what's represented above is my fallback option for learning about Google Maps. As a byproduct, I also learned a bunch about Sonoma:)

Thanks again to Brian for pulling together all the raw data. A huge undertaking. Not sure if you will find the map incrementally valuable, but it's been a fun diversion for me one way or the other on a crappy MN weather day;)

Cheers,
Jim
Dude you killed it! [worship.gif] I had something like this envisioned when I started this. Thanks so much for the effort. With your permission I'd like to link the map to the OP. Maybe when we are finished with this thing Todd can pin it to the top of the forum listing as a PSA of sorts.
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