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Great Tastes

VML Winery

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jul, 2018 Issue

The drive along Dry Creek Road, with its picturesque vineyards in the Russian River Valley, is an experience in itself. An added treat to the region is VML—a whimsical winery nestled in the valley that is both playful and amusing and feels like a different land altogether.


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St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Columnist: Karen Hart
Jun, 2018 Issue

On a mild afternoon in the heart of Sonoma Valley, the first signs of spring are starting to show in the Wild Oak Vineyard, just outside the tasting room door at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards. The hills are lush and green, and the vines are starting to bloom again. “We call it the ‘bud break’ on the vines—the birth of a new vintage,” says Katie Madigan, winemaker.


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Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery

Author: Karen Hart
May, 2018 Issue

Perched on the top of a hill in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery offers an intimate wine tasting experience. The winery opened its new tasting room last summer after seven months of renovation and construction. The salon offers indoor-outdoor seated tastings in a modern, relaxed atmosphere where you can sink into the experience, learn about the fine art of winemaking and enjoy panoramic views of the forested valley below.


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Roots Run Deep

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Apr, 2018 Issue

At the end of a long, tree-lined driveway on Kirkland Ranch Road in Napa Valley, Roots Run Deep Winery is an oasis. Set amongst more than 300 acres of the property’s own Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, as well as the original owners cattle that graze in the distance, the tasting room and lush grounds share a rural and refined ambiance.


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Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Author: Karen Hart
Mar, 2018 Issue

Gundlach Bundschu is located at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains, along the Napa-Sonoma border. Named “Rhinefarm” by its founder Jacob Gundlach, the 320-acre estate vineyard is situated on three appellations—Sonoma Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley.


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Trione Vineyards and Winery

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Feb, 2018 Issue

Three generations, four decades and five ranches—the Trione family history runs deep in Sonoma County. Brothers Mark and Vic, with their father, Henry Trione, began vineyard development in the 1970s, farming the best varietals in the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. 


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Comstock Wines

Columnist: Karen Hart
Jan, 2018 Issue

Located on Dry Creek Road, Comstock Wines is a family-owned boutique winery that opened its doors for business in 2015 and is gaining a reputation for its elegant wines. Comstock is passionate about producing mostly single varietal wines, sourced from the finest Sonoma County grapes to showcase the true essence of the growing region.
 


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Benovia Winery

Columnist: Karen Hart
Dec, 2017 Issue

Driving through the entrance of Benovia Winery on a warm autumn afternoon after the wildfires, you’d never guess this part of the country was making news around the globe 15 days earlier. The sky is wide and blue, the grapevines lush and golden, and the sweet smell of harvest lingers in the air. 

The last of the 2017 vintage was harvested a week before wildfires, and the three proprietors of Benovia are grateful for that, but this harvest season was bittersweet.


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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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