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The JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB, Yountville

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jul, 2016 Issue

The JCB Tasting Salon and Atelier by JCB
 
6505 Washington St.
 
Yountville, CA
 
(707) 934-8237
 
www.jcbcollection.com
 
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 
Tasting fees: $30-$50, depending on experience chosen
 
Wines offered: The JCB collection of Napa Valley wines is featured in three distinct flights: the Premium Collection, the JCB Touch Interactive tasting and The Surrealist flight
 
Reservations: Recommended for the tasting experiences and required for parties of eight or more
 
Picnics: No (hampers are available to take-away from Atelier)
 
Pets: No


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Trek Wine, Novato

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2016 Issue

Trek Wine
1026 Machin Ave.
Novato, CA 94945
(415) 899-9883
trekwine.com
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday noon-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon-10 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Tasting fees: $5 for five tastes
Wines offered: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, petite sirah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Albariño, sparkling
Reservations: No
Picnics: Yes
Pets: Yes


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Sonoma Portworks, Petaluma

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

Sonoma Portworks
Foundry Wharf
613 Second Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 769-5203
www.portworks.com
Hours: Open Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m.
Tasting fees: None
Beverages offered: Aris Cask Reserve, Aris Petit Verdot, Aris Petite Sirah and Deco Ports; Duet sherry and Dyna aperitif; Fig’n Awesome, wood-aged and unwooded grappas
Reservations: No
Picnics: Yes on the common lawn or outdoor seating areas at Foundry Wharf
Pets: Yes


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Joseph Phelps Vineyards, St. Helena

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2016 Issue

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

200 Taplin Rd.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(800) 707-5789 • (707) 967-3720
www.josephphelps.com
Hours: Open daily. Seated Exceptional Wine Experience tastings are held at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.(see website for all options). Terrace tastings are offered Monday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 3:00 p.m.; on weekends, they begin at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m.
Tasting fees: $75 for a terrace tasting or $100 per person for a seated experience
Wines offered: Varies depending on chosen tasting experience.The winery’s flagship bottling, Insignia, is included in all experiences and terrace tastings.Reservations: Required
Picnics: No
Pets: No


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Spirit Works Distillery, Sebastopol

Author: William Rohrs
Mar, 2016 Issue

Spirit Works
6790 McKinley Street, #100
Sebastopol, CA, 95472
www.spiritworks.com
Tours: $20
Tastings: $8-$18, depending on spirits selected
Spirits: vodka, gin, barrel gin, wheat whiskey, straight rye, sloe gin, barrel reserved sloe gin
Reservations: Required for tour, but not for tasting
Picnics: No
Pets: Yes


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Clif Family Velo Vino

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2016 Issue

Clif Family Velo Vino
790 Main St.
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 968-0625
www.cliffamily.com
Hours:
Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tasting fees:
$20-$50 per person, depending on experience chosen
Wines offered:
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Rosé of Grenache, Sparkling Brut, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, The Climber red blend and Bici “GSM” red blend
Reservations:
Required for some tasting options and for groups of six or more
Picnics:
No
Pets:
Dogs welcome on the patio


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Zina Lounge at Ledson Hotel

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2016 Issue

Zina Lounge at Ledson Hotel
480 First St.Sonoma, CA, 95476
(707) 996-8776
www.ledson.com
Hours:
Open daily for seatings at 1:00 and 6:30 p.m.
Tasting fees:
Vary depending on wines selected
Wine & Food pairing:
$150 per person
Wines offered: Depending on experience chosen, three or six select Zina Hude Cunningham and Ledson wines are paired at the chef's discretion
Reservations:
Required
Picnics:
No
Pets: No

 


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Odette Estate Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2015 Issue

Odette Estate Winery, Napa
5998 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 224-7533
www.odetteestate.com

Hours:
Open daily 10:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. by appointment
Tasting fees:
$60-$165, depending on experience
Wines offered:
Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (when available); Adaptation Chardonnay, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon; Cade Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon; PlumpJack Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay
Reservations:
Required
Picnics:
No
Pets:
Dog-friendly


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Dry Creek Vineyard

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Nov, 2015 Issue

Dry Creek Vineyard
3770 Lambert Bridge Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-1000
www.drycreekvineyard.com


Hours:
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

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Gracianna Winery

Author: Tori Goldman
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Gracianna Winery
6914 Westside Rd.
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 486-3771
Gracianna.com
Hours: Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $15 per person for up to five wines
Wines Offered: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Sparkling Brut Rosé
Reservations: Required
Picnics: Yes
Pets: Yes


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B Cellars

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

B Cellars
703 Oakville Cross Rd.
Oakville, CA 94562
(877) 229-9939
www.bcellars.com
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fees: $35-$125
Wines offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Blend 23 (white blend), Blend 24 (Super Tuscan-style red blend); Blend 25 (Cabernet, Syrah); wine selections vary widely and depend on chosen tasting experience
Reservations: Yes
Picnics: No
Pets: OK on patio
 
 


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Tilted Shed Ciderworks

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Tilted Shed Ciderworks
7761 Bell Road
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 657-7796
www.tiltedshed.com
Hours: Most Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (always check the website first)
Tasting fees: $3-$5, depending on number of ciders available (waived with purchase of $40 or more)
Ciders offered: Graviva Semidry Cider, January Barbecue Smoked Cider, Inclinado Sidra-Style Cider, Barred Rock Barrel-Aged Cider, Lost Orchard Dry Cider (depending on availability)
Reservations: No
Picnics: No
Pets: Well-behaved dogs welcome


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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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