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posted 08-28-2009 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Dink,
If your friends want to stay in the Sonoma/Healdsburg area, here are a few suggestions. Sonoma area: B.R. Cohn, excellent wines and very nice olive oil; Chatteau St. Jean, although a large winery, go for their reserve tasting of excellent wines both white and red; for lunch, go to the Wolf House House Bar in Glen Ellen, the food was very good and to sit and have lunch in Jack London's shadow, priceless.
Now to Healdsburg. First, if you carry the Visa Signature card, a lot of the tastings are free . . . just ask. On the north edge of Healdsburg, go to Simi, a large winery with several award winning wines. Then head for Dry Creek Road which has a line up of many wineries that are famous for their Zinfandel's. One in particular, Mauritson, was offering a flight tasting of their Rockpile Zin that was outstanding. Wine tasting is an individual thing, what I may consider to be an outstanding wine you may think ho hum. Lunch at one of the little bistros on the square is a great reprise. Have fun.


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posted 08-03-2009 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dink   Click Here to Email dink     Edit/Delete Message
sorry to be so tardy in my thanks for your recommendations!

Our friends have asked to stay in the Sonoma/Healdsburg area. I've planned a pairing stop at Mayo Family, as my DH has learned best by food and wine pairings. A stop at Gloria Ferrar to learn about champagne (although we are visiting Schramsburg before they arrive).
The Merryvale and Goosecross sound really good, so will look into them also.
Thanks again. Any more suggestions will be appreciated!

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posted 07-28-2009 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Some other wineries that offer wine education are:

Goosecross Winery - They have a wine basics class that they offer which would be perfect.

Robert Mondavi Winery also has a wine basics class. The description online says you will learn how to read wine labels, why you swirl the wine in the glass, how to smell, taste and describe wine.

Sterling Vineyards has a self guided tour

If you need some more just general basics about wine, maybe look at these two generic guides that WineCountry.com has:

Whites Tasting Guide

Reds Tasting Guide


posted 07-23-2009 04:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Try Merryvale Winery. They have an excellent "Mapping Your Palate" educational seminar held in their cask room. Not only is it educational, but the ambience is wonderful Other wineries also offer educational opportunities. Try checking some of their websites and look under "Visiting" or "Events".


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posted 07-17-2009 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dink   Click Here to Email dink     Edit/Delete Message
My DH and I will be in Napa and Sonoma in early September for a week and will be joined by friends from the NW for 2 days. They know nothing about wine and have never heard of crush and I am stumped as to who, where and how to introduce them. My husband was a confirmed Budweiser man when we met and fortunately has learned a bit about wine in our 4 years together. He has a good palate for a nice red, but I will admit to not introducing him to many whites.
I'm not anywhere near a position to educate any of them, beyond my own likes and dislikes and limited wine education. I'm certainly not prepared for the why's and wherefores of wine making or what to look for in a good wine.

Is there a great winery that offers, not only good wine, but a terrific educational tour that we could visit prior to any other tastings? (I see no point in going somewhere to learn, but have to drink bad wine.)

Can anyone help?


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