Great Tastes

Markham Vineyards

Author: Karen Hart
Oct, 2017 Issue

Located along St. Helena Highway, Markham Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, established by Jean Laurent, an immigrant from Bordeaux, France. Laurent came to California seeking gold during the rush, but instead found his way into the winemaking business.


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Zialena Winery

Author: Karen Hart
Sep, 2017 Issue

Located in the heart of Alexander Valley in Geyserville, Zialena Winery is nestled in a field surrounded by vineyards and sweeping views of the Mayacamas. The winery opened its new tasting room in February and offers a study in contrasts. The tasting room features modern cabinetry, wood floors and smells of new construction, but Zialena is a fourth generation winery, rich in history and tradition.


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Schug Carneros Estate Winery Sonoma

Columnist: Karen Hart
May, 2017 Issue

Schug Carneros Estate Winery
602 Bonneau
Sonoma, Calif. 95476
(707) 939-9363
www.schugwinery.com

Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $10 for five people or under
Wines Offered: 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley; 2014 Carneros Chardonnay Estate Grown; 2015 Pinot Noir, Carneros; 2013 Carneros Pinot Noir, Estate Grown; and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Heritage Reserve. (Subject to change.)
Reservations: Required for groups of six or more; call
(800) 966-9365
Picnics: In the courtyard 
(Starting in late April, Fri.-Sun. only.)
Pets: No


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Corner 103 Sonoma

Author: Sarah Treseler
Jan, 2017 Issue

103 W. Napa St.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 931-6141
www.corner103.com
 
Hours: Open daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tasting fees: $20-$40
Wines currently offered: sparkling rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot, red blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Cuvée blend, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Appointment necessary: Yes
Picnics: No
Pets: Service dogs only.
 


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Heibel Ranch Vineyards, Calistoga

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2016 Issue

Heibel Ranch Vineyards
1458 Lincoln Ave., #12
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 341-3351
www.heibelranch.com

Hours: Open Thurs. through Mon., noon to 5 p.m.; or daily by appointment
Tasting fees: $15 per person, two different options (waived with qualified purchase)
Wines offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lappa’s and Captain Bubba (red blends) and Etzio (Zinfandel dessert wine)
Reservations: See hours above
Picnics: No
Pets: Yes


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La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard, Windsor

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Nov, 2016

La Crema Estate at Saralee’s Vineyard
3575 Slusser Rd.
Windsor, CA  95492
(707) 525-6200
www.lacrema.com/russian-river-estate

Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting fees: $15-$65 depending on tasting experience chosen
Wines offered: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Rosé, late harvest Gewurztraminer
Reservations: Required for VIP experiences, including vineyard tour, picnic lunches and cheese-and-wine pairings; walk-ins welcome for signature wine flights
Picnics: Yes
Pets: Yes


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Capp Hertitage Vineyards, Napa

Author: William Rohrs
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Capp Heritage Vineyards
1245 First Street
Napa, CA, 94559
(707) 254-1922
www.cappheritage.com
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tasting fees: $20 for 6 tastes; waived with a two-bottle purchase
Wines offered: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec Rose, Muscat, Sangiovese, Merlot, Barbera, Meritage, Cabernet Sauvingon
Reservations: Not required
Picnics: no
Pets: Yes, on leashes


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Trinchero Napa Valley, St. Helena

Author: Christina Julian
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Trinchero Napa Valley
3070 N. St. Helena Highway
St. Helena, 94574
(707) 963-1160
trincheronapavalley.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Tasting fees: $30 to $95
Wines offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Petite Sirah
Reservations: Suggested for VIP experience
Picnics: No
Pets: No


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Ace Cider Company, Sebastopol

Author: William Rohrs
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Ace Cider Company
2064 Gravenstein Highway North
Sebastopol, CA, 95472
(707) 829-1101
www.acecider.com
Hours: Fridays only: 1-5 p.m.
Tasting fees: $10 for all nine ciders
Ciders offered: Nine ciders, including limited releases
Reservations: Available, but not required. Walk-ins welcome
Picnics: Outside seating available
Pets: Yes


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Patz & Hall, Sonoma

Author: Sarah Treseler
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

The Sonoma House at Patz & Hall
21200 Eighth Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
Phone: 707-931-2440
Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday by appointment. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tasting Fees: $30-$75, depending on experience chosen.
Wines Currently Offered: Six single vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.
Reservations: Required
Picnics: No
Pets: No


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Casa Nuestra, St. Helena

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2016 Issue

Casa Nuestra

3451 Silverado Trail North
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-5783
www.casanuestra.com
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting fees: $30 for five wines
Wines offered: Changes seasonally. Summer 2016: Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Meritage and Tinto (red blends)
Reservations: Required
Picnics: Wine club members only
Pets: No


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Ledson Winery, Kenwood

Author: Sarah Treseler
Sep, 2016 Issue

Ledson Winery and Vineyards

7335 Sonoma Hwy., Kenwood, CA 95409
www.ledson.com
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tasting Fees: $15 to $47, depending on experience chosen.
Wines currently offered: Ledson makes 70 wines and tasting selections vary widely based on customer preferences.
Reservations: Required for private tasting and groups of six or more.
Picnics: Yes. Gourmet sandwiches and snacks available for purchase in the marketplace, no outside food please
Pets: Yes


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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
Tasting fees:
$10-$15; varies for reserved/private experiences
Wines offered:
Fumé Blanc, Dry Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage, The Mariner (red blend), Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah
Reservations:
Required for groups of six or more
Picnics:
Yes
Pets:
Leashed dogs in picnic area OK


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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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