Great Tastes

Paradise Ridge Winery

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Paradise Ridge Winery
4545 Thomas Lake Harris Dr.
Santa Rosa, Calif., 95403
(707) 528-9463
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $15 (waived with two-bottle purchase); different fees may apply to groups of six or more and for specialized experiences
Wines Offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Delight (aromatic white blend), Pinot Noir, Rosé, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, The Posse (Rhone-style red blend), Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, sparkling Shiraz
Reservations: Required for groups of six or more
Picnics: OK for up to six people with a purchase of one bottle for every two people; reservations required for groups of more than six
Pets: OK outdoors


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Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2015 Issue

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
23555 Hwy 121 (Arnold Drive)
Sonoma, CA 95476
(866) 8-GLORIA • (707) 933-1917
www.gloriaferrer.com
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (wine service ends at 4:45 p.m.); tours and tastings are offered by appointment at select times each day
Tasting fees: $30-$120, depending on experience
Wines offered: Sparkling wine, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Reservations: Required for Bubbles and Bites Tour, Reserve Tour and Glorious Tour, and for groups of seven or more
Picnics: No
Pets: Yes


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Napa Cellars

Author: Alexandra Russell
Aug, 2015 Issue

At a Glance
Napa Cellars
7481 St. Helena Highway S.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 963-3104 • (800) 535-6400
www.NapaCellars.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Tasting fees: $10
Wines offered: Napa Cellars Sauvinon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Syrah Rose; Napa Cellars V Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Folie a Deux unoaked Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris; Ménage à Trois NV Prosecco, Midnight red blend, Malbec and Moscato
Reservations: No
Pets: No
Picnics: Yes


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Madrone Vineyards Estate

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2015 Issue

Madrone Vineyards Estate
777 Madrone Road
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 939-4500
www.madronevineyardsestate.com
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tasting fees: $15 to $50, depending on experience
Wines offered: Madrone Vineyards Estate old vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and rosé; Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay, Barbera, Petite Sirah, old vine Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon; and Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc and Blend ’41
Reservations: Recommended for large groups and some tasting/tour experiences
Picnics: No
Pets: No


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Jordan Vineyard & Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2015 Issue

Jordan Vineyard & Winery
1474 Alexander Valley Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(800) 654-1213 • (707) 431-5250
jordanwinery.com
Hours: Open daily April through November (closed Sundays in December through March); tours and tastings are offered by appointment at select times each day
Tasting fees: $30-$120, depending on experience
Wines offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay
Reservations: Required
Picnics: No
Pets: No


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Walt Wines

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2015 Issue

Walt Wines
380 First St. West
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-4440
www.waltwines.com
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last seated tasting at 5:30 p.m.)
Tasting fees: $20 (one tasting fee waived per bottle purchased)
Wines offered: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Reservations: For groups of six or more
Picnics: Yes
Dog friendly: Yes


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Cuvaison Estate Wines

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Mar, 2015 Issue

At a Glance
Cuvaison Estate Wines
1221 Duhig Rd.
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 942-2455
www.cuvaison.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Fees: $20
Wines offered: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon
Reservations: Required
Picnics: No
Pets: Dog friendly


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Three Sticks Wines

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Feb, 2015 Issue

At a Glance
143 W. Spain St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-3328
www.threestickswines.com
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: $35-$70
Wines offered: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Casteñada (Rhone blend)
Reservations: Required
Pets: Dog-friendly


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Charles Krug

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2015 Issue

At a Glance
Charles Krug
2800 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574
www.charleskrug.com
Hours: Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tasting fees: $15-$60
Wines currently offered: Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon; Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc, Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, Family Reserve Generations, Zinfandel Port; Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Stone Man and Limited Release Cold Springs Cabernet Sauvignon
Appointment necessary: For parties of eight or more
Pets: Dogs OK outside
Picnics: Yes


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Sbragia Family Vineyards

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2014 Issue

Sbragia Family Vineyards
9990 Dry Creek Road
Geyserville, CA 95441
www.sbragia.com
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
Tasting fees: $15-$25
Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel Rosé and six wine club exclusives
Appointment necessary: For a seated terrace tasting or “The Ark” reserve Cabernet tasting. Walk-ins welcome for a standard tasting room experience.
Picnics: Yes
Pets: Dog friendly


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Hamel Family Wines

Author: Christina Julian
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

Hamel Family Wines
15401 Sonoma Highway
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-5800
hamelfamilywines.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last reservation 3 p.m.)
Tasting fees:  $40-$100
Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, rosé, Isthmus (a Bordeaux-inspired red blend), Cabernet Sauvignon
Appointment necessary: Yes
Pets: No
Picnics: Guests can purchase a prepared picnic at the winery or bring their own food.


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Hall Wines

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

Hall Wines
401 St. Helena Hwy. South
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-2626
www.hallwines.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Fees: $30 and up (non-active military members get free tastings)
Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the winery’s Walt label are also available)
Appointment necessary: No for the St. Helena location (unless for groups of eight or more or for guided tours and tasting experiences); yes for Rutherford
Picnics/pets: Yes; kid- and dog-friendly


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Dutch Henry Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2014

Dutch Henry Winery
4300 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA  94515
(707) 942-5771
www.dutchhenry.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
Tasting Fees: $25-$50
Wines Currently Offered: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Argos (a Bordeaux blend), The Wanted (a Merlot and Pinot Noir blend), and Chafen Family Wines including Reserve Pinot Noir and Three Red Heads (a red blend)
Appointment necessary: For groups larger than six
Picnics: Encouraged
Pets: Dog friendly


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Thorn Hill Vineyards

Author: Stephen Ferry
Oct, 2014 Issue

Thorn Hill Vineyards
1234 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 302-5168
www.thornhillvineyards.com
Wines offered: Brut Cuvée de Prestige (Sparkling), Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, “Ice” Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, “Fire” Petite Sirah Port
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Fees: $10 and up
Reservations: Recommended for groups of more than six and for special wine and food pairing experiences
Pets: Dog friendly


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Banshee Wines

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Sep, 2014 Issue

Banshee Wines
325 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 395-0915
www.bansheewines.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Fees: $10 to $25, waived with bottle purchase
Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mordecai (red blend)
Appointment necessary: No, but recommended on Saturdays
Pets: OK


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Darioush

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Darioush
4240 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 257-2345
www.darioush.com
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Fees: $40 (regular); $75-$300 (elevated)
Wines currently offered: Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley), Shiraz, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend
Appointment necessary: No for less than six for regular tastings; yes for elevated experiences and tours
Picnics/pets: No
 
Did You Know?
The winery has a small, private amphitheater, which has amazing acoustics and is where performances take place during Napa’s Festival del Sole. 


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Heidrun Meadery

Author: Nancy Sands Johnson
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Heidrun Meadery
11925 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-9122
www.heidrunmeadery.com
 
Hours: By reservation only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or by special arrangement.
Fees: $15 for estate tour and tasting, $10 for tasting flight (no tour), no fee for by-the-glass
Meads currently offered: Hawaiian Lehuna Blossom, California Orange Blossom, California Sage Blossom, Madras Carrot Blossom, California Avocado Blossom, Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Blossom, Humboldt County Wildflower
Picnics: No
 
Did you know?
Odin, the highest God in Norse mythology, has a very special (mythological) goat that produces mead instead of milk. The goat’s name is Heidrun. 


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Lasseter Family Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Lasseter Family Winery
1 Vintage Lane
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 933-2800
 
www.lasseterfamilywinery.com
Hours: Daily by appointment
Tasting fees: $25 per person
 
Wines currently offered: Amoureux (Malbec blend), Chemin de Fer (Rhone-style blend), Enjoué (Rosé), L’Ame de Sage (Old Vine Zinfandel/field blend), Paysage (Bordeaux-style blend)
 
Picnics: No
 
Did You Know?
The Lasseter family crest, created by John Lasseter, is a bee (John), a rose (Nancy) and five grapes (one for each son).


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Raymond Vineyards

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Raymond Vineyards
84 Zinfandel Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-0869
www.raymondvineyards.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Fees: $20-$100
Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Meritage, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Red Blend
Appointment necessary: For tours and special tastings only
Picnics: No
Pets: Dogs welcome in “Frenchie’s Winery”
 
Did You Know?There are festively dressed mannequins hanging from the rafters near the Crystal Cellar—Jean-Charles loves to throw parties. 


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VJB Vineyards & Cellars

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
VJB Vineyards & Cellars
60 Shaw Ave.
Kenwood, CA 95452
(707) 833-2300

www.vjbcellars.com
 
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees: $10 per person (Il Normale tasting of five wines), $15 per person (reserve tasting, includes Il Normale plus additional estate wines), $25 per person (private tasting) or $100 per person (owner’s tasting)
Wines currently offered: Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Prosecco, Rosé, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tocai, Zinfandel, Port and Chardonnay Port, plus several red blends (including Aglianico and Nero d’Avola)
 
Appointment necessary: For groups of six or more
 
Picnics: Many food options are available onsite.
 
Pets: On a leash and outside only 

Did you know?
VJB founder Vittorio Belmonte is at the winery most mornings by 6 a.m. (7 a.m. on weekends), making espresso for a regular, local clientele.


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Ram's Gate Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

 

Ram’s Gate Winery
28700 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, CA 95478
(707) 721-8700
www.ramsgatewinery.com
Hours: Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $20 for four tastes; Food pairings from $6 to $19, depending on selection
Wines currently offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Moscato, Brut Sparkling
Appointment necessary: Reservations always required for groups of eight or more, but recommended for all on weekends and holidays.
Picnics: Call ahead to have a picnic basket prepared.
Pets: Yes, on a leash.
 
Did You Know?
The eight-foot chandeliers in the tasting bar are dwarfed by 32-foot ceilings.

 


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Simi Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

 

Simi Winery
16275 Healdsburg Ave.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 746-4880
www.simiwinery.com
Hours: Open every day (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $15 for 8 tastes (your choice; two are welcome to share), $3 per a la carte red wine tasting, $2 per a la carte white wine tasting; $10 for cellar tour and four guided tastings
Wines currently offered: Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Roseto (Rosé), Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, late harvest Riesling, Maiale Cieco (red blend) and Cuvee 1876 (white blend)
Appointment necessary: For groups of 10 or more
Picnics/Pets: No
 
Did you know?
“The Port here is far too good for most people.” —Alfred Hitchcock, 1942


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Pine Ridge Vineyards

Author: Julie Fadda
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

 

Pine Ridge Vineyards
5901 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
www.pineridgevineyards.com
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily
Tasting fees: $20-$95 (varies by type; some include food)
Wines currently offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Fortis (Bordeaux-style blend)
Appointment necessary: Not for the signature or appellation tasting; yes for all others (48 hours’ notice  is required for the 5x5 tasting) as well as tours
Picnics: Yes
 
Did You Know?
Pine Ridge offers a second label called Forefront.


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Somerston Estate

Author: Nancy Sands Johnson
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2012

 
Somerston Estate
3450 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena
(707) 944-8200
www.somerstonwineco.com
Varietals planted on property: Barbera, Black Hamburg, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Port varietals, Primitivo, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier and Zinfandel
Tasting Fee: $75 for estate tour and tasting; $45 for picnic lunch and tasting.
Reservations: Required
 
Somerston Estate Tasting Room
6490 Washington Street, Yountville
(707) 967-8414 
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, noon to 9 p.m .
Tasting fee: $20 (Priest Ranch varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc)
 
 
Did you know?
Soda water from the estate’s natural spring was bottled and sold by the Priest family from the late 1800s through the early 1900s.
 


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